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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,961Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 84 out of 2888

$1.9M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 2888

493 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% Subsidized Claims for Low-Income Patients

How Does This Prescriber Compare to Peers?

In the same specialty and state. Caveats »

Drugs That Present Special Risks
Costs of Prescribing
Higher avg Average for
this specialty
in Texas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 493 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,410 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$91 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

The table below list this provider’s drugs, the number of prescriptions and how many went to seniors. Drugs are ranked by volume and compared with the rank for all providers in the same specialty and state.

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S2

A schedule two drug. More » Schedule two drugs have a high potential for abuse and severe dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

S3

A schedule three drug. More » Schedule three drugs have potential for abuse and dependence, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.

A

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

R

A risky drug for seniors. More » The American Geriatrics Society has said this drug is "potentially dangerous" for seniors and might be inappropriate.

10

This provider is among the top 10 prescribers of
this drug in the country.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for more days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be lower.

This provider’s prescriptions for this drug were for fewer days than those of peers. More » Because of this, his or her prescription count may be higher.

This Drug's Rank
Drug Name Total Prescriptions Filled
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Texas
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 906 831 1 11
SIMVASTATIN 885 807 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 760 707 3 1
NEXIUM 689 618 4 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 538 488 5 5
METFORMIN HCL ER 530 427 6 53
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 524 329 S3 7 4
JANUVIA 460 416 8 48
GABAPENTIN 427 343 9 13
FUROSEMIDE 426 371 10 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 411 348 11 36
LISINOPRIL 369 301 12 3
LIDODERM 347 327 13 105
TAMSULOSIN HCL 326 292 14 29
CRESTOR 299 282 15 20
OMEPRAZOLE 283 250 16 7
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 276 264 17 63
CARVEDILOL 261 242 18 21
SPIRONOLACTONE 256 226 19 70
TRAMADOL HCL 236 171 20 16
AVODART 231 209 21 151
MELOXICAM 231 202 21 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 230 211 23 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 223 214 24 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 188 25 28
CLOPIDOGREL 212 190 26 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 210 196 27 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 195 190 28 51
SINGULAIR 186 174 29 85
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 184 154 30 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 182 167 31 60
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 178 152 32 9
PLAVIX 163 145 33 40
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 162 160 34 93
CILOSTAZOL 157 132 35 165
CITALOPRAM HBR 154 134 36 24
DIOVAN 154 148 36 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 150 149 38 23
METFORMIN HCL 131 97 39 8
NAMENDA 130 130 40 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 124 116 41 67
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 121 87 42 92
VOLTAREN 120 118 43 157
CYMBALTA 120 98 43 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 118 97 45 32
LEVOFLOXACIN 115 91 46 57
TRAZODONE HCL 115 92 46 43
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 114 106 48 66
CREON 108 108 49 346
DONEPEZIL HCL 102 102 50 26
BENICAR 102 80 50 138
DIOVAN HCT 101 101 52 61
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 96 90 53 153
LYRICA 96 83 53 69
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 92 86 55 243
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 88 84 56 33
PREDNISONE 87 73 57 42
CLONIDINE HCL 84 82 58 39
ALLOPURINOL 83 69 59 37
AZITHROMYCIN 83 71 59 38
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 82 67 61 101
PATANOL 79 76 62 237
ZETIA 79 72 62 81
LANTUS 78 26 64 45
SYMBICORT 77 62 65 142
SERTRALINE HCL 77 42 65 27
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 75 71 67 289
TIZANIDINE HCL 74 36 68 133
LOVAZA 74 73 68 97
MOMETASONE FUROATE 73 67 70 268
LIPITOR 72 70 71 78
SPIRIVA 71 69 72 79
MIRTAZAPINE 69 67 73 54
DIGOXIN 68 68 74 55
BENAZEPRIL HCL 66 56 75 77
NITROFURANTOIN 66 65 75 241
WARFARIN SODIUM 65 50 77 22
AMITIZA 64 64 78 296
NASONEX 63 51 79 168
ACTONEL 63 63 79 149
CELEBREX 62 62 81 89
ACTOS 62 61 81 108
SEROQUEL 60 57 83 143
TRICOR 59 54 84 91
HYDROCORTISONE 59 47 84 362
PEN NEEDLE 59 40 84 110
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 53 87 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 52 88 18
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 43 89 47
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 50 89 15
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53 52 R 89 68
PROAIR HFA 52 44 92 71
CARISOPRODOL 51 12 R 93 82
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if 10 or fewer prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • The list of top drugs includes only those for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions, but all prescriptions are counted in the summary totals at the top.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • Comparisons do not take into account the medical conditions of patients. Medications for certain conditions do not have generic alternatives, so patients would receive more expensive brand name drugs.
  • This provider's address and specialty information was last updated on July 25, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.