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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,550Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 47 out of 2888

$1.78M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 2888

819 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

22% of this provider’s 819 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 16,760 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

35% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
CRESTOR 1,077 815 1 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 739 583 2 5
LISINOPRIL 738 531 3 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 639 441 4 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 638 381 S3 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 605 392 6 6
METFORMIN HCL 588 429 7 8
SIMVASTATIN 586 389 8 2
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 530 353 9 28
DIOVAN HCT 454 354 10 61
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 420 298 11 1
NEXIUM 408 172 12 19
TRAMADOL HCL 388 265 13 16
CLONIDINE HCL 383 287 14 39
CLOPIDOGREL 369 255 15 30
NIFEDIPINE ER 365 276 16 76
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 361 216 17 11
CARVEDILOL 347 251 18 21
SINGULAIR 339 234 19 85
PLAVIX 315 242 20 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 303 237 21 10
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 292 206 22 49
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 276 193 R 23 64
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 270 188 24 14
MELOXICAM 257 188 25 31
OMEPRAZOLE 237 171 26 7
DIOVAN 228 182 27 35
GABAPENTIN 224 126 28 13
ALLOPURINOL 222 169 29 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 213 186 30 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 202 185 31 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 186 145 32 51
GLYBURIDE 174 151 R 33 58
COMBIVENT 172 134 34 177
DEXILANT 169 78 35 186
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 166 138 36 67
BYSTOLIC 166 139 36 99
DONEPEZIL HCL 165 153 38 26
AZITHROMYCIN 164 101 39 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 164 102 39 36
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 163 97 41 153
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 150 90 42 33
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 149 113 S3 43 147
ACTOS 148 69 44 108
TIZANIDINE HCL 147 70 45 133
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 143 124 46 12
NAMENDA 143 140 46 34
LYRICA 138 75 48 69
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 136 89 49 112
ZETIA 136 106 49 81
SYMBICORT 132 100 51 142
SERTRALINE HCL 131 99 52 27
HYDRALAZINE HCL 129 85 53 59
PEN NEEDLE 124 75 54 110
LIDODERM 119 67 55 105
CYMBALTA 119 41 55 44
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 118 56 R 57 68
GLIPIZIDE 110 88 58 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 107 63 59 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 106 61 60 22
SPIRONOLACTONE 105 63 61 70
NIFEDICAL XL 103 91 62 190
PROAIR HFA 103 55 62 71
JANUVIA 103 57 62 48
RAMIPRIL 101 80 65 73
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 98 58 66 62
PATANASE 97 57 67 488
RISPERIDONE 95 45 68 72
HYDROXYZINE HCL 95 21 R 68 174
VYTORIN 94 73 70 155
CARISOPRODOL 93 28 R 71 82
BENICAR HCT 93 77 71 181
TAMSULOSIN HCL 91 61 73 29
ATENOLOL 90 66 74 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 87 61 75 18
DIGOXIN 84 59 76 55
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 82 35 77 226
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 81 42 78 92
SPIRIVA 81 60 78 79
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 79 54 80 88
CITALOPRAM HBR 78 44 81 24
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 78 39 81 309
METOLAZONE 78 52 81 215
LANSOPRAZOLE 76 58 84 213
VERAPAMIL ER 75 67 85 104
ENABLEX 74 66 86 269
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 74 46 86 95
LUNESTA 73 50 88 301
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 72 48 89 128
CILOSTAZOL 67 56 90 165
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 49 91 368
GLIPIZIDE ER 61 56 91 107
MOMETASONE FUROATE 61 44 91 268
KLOR-CON 10 58 36 94 195
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 39 94 86
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 35 96 46
KRISTALOSE 54 38 97 575
TRILIPIX 53 32 98 160
FAMOTIDINE 53 34 98 75
AMIODARONE HCL 53 52 98 167
JANUMET 52 41 101 131
METFORMIN HCL ER 52 38 101 53
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 52 25 101 253
LIPITOR 51 50 104 78
EXFORGE 51 25 104 159
ADVAIR DISKUS 50 13 106 60
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 17, 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.