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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,775Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 324 out of 2888

$1.39M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 86 out of 2888

930 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

4% of this provider’s 930 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 930 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 10,209 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$109 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 597 523 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 398 342 2 2
NEXIUM 346 269 3 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 329 221 S3 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 320 286 5 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 315 284 6 11
CRESTOR 312 219 7 20
JANUVIA 296 232 8 48
FUROSEMIDE 261 211 9 6
METFORMIN HCL 251 189 10 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 237 213 11 23
OMEPRAZOLE 235 182 12 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 211 178 13 18
AZITHROMYCIN 200 163 14 38
LISINOPRIL 190 142 15 3
GABAPENTIN 173 134 16 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 154 119 17 17
PREDNISONE 152 122 18 42
JANUMET 146 112 19 131
LANTUS 144 108 20 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 139 105 21 9
PEN NEEDLE 137 99 22 110
CLOPIDOGREL 135 119 23 30
DIOVAN 133 124 24 35
LEVOFLOXACIN 126 93 25 57
INSULIN SYRINGE 108 93 26 86
DIOVAN HCT 108 93 26 61
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 108 90 26 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 97 29 46
ROPINIROLE HCL 105 86 30 115
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 102 78 31 10
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 99 71 32 112
ATENOLOL 93 54 33 25
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 90 71 34 120
LYRICA 90 62 34 69
TAMSULOSIN HCL 88 73 36 29
BYSTOLIC 86 67 37 99
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 60 38 47
HYDRALAZINE HCL 82 75 38 59
CARVEDILOL 80 64 40 21
MELOXICAM 77 65 41 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 54 41 32
PLAVIX 76 64 43 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 73 61 44 62
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 64 45 70
LEVEMIR 70 48 46 135
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 67 53 47 226
NIFEDIPINE ER 67 61 47 76
BYETTA 67 30 47 322
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 66 59 50 136
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 64 61 51 67
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 61 49 52 14
DIGOXIN 61 59 52 55
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 60 40 54 272
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 57 54 12
LACTULOSE 59 44 56 111
PRANDIN 59 37 56 305
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 58 47 58 33
SERTRALINE HCL 58 47 58 27
ALLOPURINOL 57 57 60 37
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 55 40 61 162
VICTOZA 2-PAK 54 38 62 459
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 40 63 116
TRICOR 53 30 63 91
SINGULAIR 51 40 65 85
CLONIDINE HCL 50 45 66 39
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 April 23, 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.