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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,757Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 233 out of 2888

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 101 out of 2888

1,150 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

12% of this provider’s 1,150 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,735 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% 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

13 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
SIMVASTATIN 628 531 1 2
METFORMIN HCL 587 504 2 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 524 451 3 1
TRAMADOL HCL 522 408 4 16
LISINOPRIL 486 380 5 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 359 250 S3 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 352 307 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 274 233 8 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 251 165 9 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 213 185 10 11
NEXIUM 210 175 11 19
FUROSEMIDE 202 169 12 6
PEN NEEDLE 188 149 13 110
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 110 14 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 167 149 14 29
IBUPROFEN 162 110 16 87
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 162 145 16 10
GABAPENTIN 149 84 18 13
CRESTOR 147 97 19 20
CLOPIDOGREL 143 119 20 30
CARVEDILOL 138 124 21 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 137 124 22 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 129 109 23 14
SERTRALINE HCL 124 67 24 27
LEVOFLOXACIN 121 101 25 57
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 90 26 28
CYMBALTA 117 86 27 44
RAMIPRIL 115 101 28 73
WARFARIN SODIUM 115 100 28 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 106 30 23
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 112 88 30 47
TRAZODONE HCL 109 74 32 43
LANTUS 108 55 33 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 88 34 9
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 106 79 35 101
CELEBREX 106 95 35 89
BYETTA 105 95 37 322
BENICAR 104 79 38 138
PLAVIX 103 88 39 40
LYRICA 103 68 39 69
MEGESTROL ACETATE 100 97 R 41 140
NAMENDA 96 96 42 34
BENICAR HCT 91 81 43 181
DIOVAN 88 69 44 35
GLYBURIDE 88 75 R 44 58
PAROXETINE HCL 88 82 44 84
DIOVAN HCT 81 74 47 61
TRICOR 79 74 48 91
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 68 49 60
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 78 61 49 92
AZITHROMYCIN 78 56 49 38
MIRTAZAPINE 78 65 49 54
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 75 62 53 67
ATENOLOL 73 60 54 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 49 55 33
INSULIN SYRINGE 66 56 56 86
EXELON 65 57 57 106
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 65 42 R 57 64
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 57 59 46
VESICARE 60 48 60 154
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 60 57 60 18
GLIPIZIDE 59 45 62 50
SPIRONOLACTONE 56 40 63 70
DIGOXIN 56 51 63 55
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 48 63 36
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 46 66 128
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 54 30 66 156
FAMOTIDINE 53 26 68 75
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 51 69 59
LEVETIRACETAM 52 13 69 103
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 40 69 88
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 47 72 12
RISPERIDONE 51 43 72 72
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51 28 72 153
HUMALOG 50 32 75 166
SINGULAIR 50 29 75 85
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 Feb. 26, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.