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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,657Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 3035

$1.74M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 69 out of 3035

1,086 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85% Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Texas
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 1,086 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 1,086 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Texas
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,412 1,077 224 S3 1 5
FUROSEMIDE 1,184 1,094 217 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,173 1,067 184 3 1
LISINOPRIL 1,103 944 205 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 849 801 147 5 2
SIMVASTATIN 803 716 144 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 723 619 147 7 8
ALPRAZOLAM 695 533 129 B 8 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 664 620 113 9 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 633 587 108 10 15
GABAPENTIN 573 518 94 11 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 454 413 70 12 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 449 414 93 13 6
TRAMADOL HCL 418 337 110 14 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 405 386 71 15 11
METFORMIN HCL 392 335 76 16 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 382 371 63 17 25
CLOPIDOGREL 369 344 60 18 18
ATENOLOL 356 312 67 19 32
LOVASTATIN 329 297 65 20 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 328 260 71 21 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 322 292 69 22 16
SERTRALINE HCL 314 264 53 23 26
MELOXICAM 305 277 85 24 35
CYMBALTA 297 292* 30 25 39
TRAZODONE HCL 291 219 63 26 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 287 287 47 27 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 281 176 45 28 23
CRESTOR 281 235 46 28 22
CARVEDILOL 280 253 55 30 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 259 219 45 31 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 248 221 46 32 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 242 214 36 33 61
TAMSULOSIN HCL 241 200 49 34 28
GLIPIZIDE 236 211 40 35 50
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 232 194 88 36 33
NEXIUM 230 173 45 37 20
LORAZEPAM 230 161 42 B 37 47
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 226 204 36 A 39 53
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 226 193 39 R 39 81
NAMENDA 225 225 22 41 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 219 167 49 42 24
AZITHROMYCIN 204 165 164 43 46
ROPINIROLE HCL 197 173 32 44 109
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 194 115 40 45 44
SYNTHROID 186 162 37 46 41
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 185 161 21 47 42
ALLOPURINOL 183 178* 31 48 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 174 174 25 49 30
RANITIDINE HCL 171 166* 35 50 64
HYDROXYZINE HCL 166 148 41 R 51 176
CARISOPRODOL 164 94 24 R 52 103
CEPHALEXIN 163 131 122 53 122
FLUOXETINE HCL 160 126 24 54 77
ETODOLAC 158 153* 52 55 178
FENOFIBRATE* 152 126 29 56 57
GLIMEPIRIDE 150 136 28 57 37
RAMIPRIL 147 126 24 58 82
MIRTAZAPINE 146 116 33 59 62
CLONAZEPAM 143 112 29 B 60 58
BUSPIRONE HCL 141 116 23 61 142
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 139 111 51 R 62 79
PREDNISONE 136 112 54 63 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 134 121 113 64 51
PROPRANOLOL HCL 133 117 21 65 151
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 132 116 32 66 131
AMOXICILLIN 130 112 99 67 121
DIOVAN 125 102 19 68 36
KLOR-CON M20 124 119* 33 69 93
PROAIR HFA 121 101 41 70 65
TIZANIDINE HCL 120 76 24 71 106
LEVOFLOXACIN 118 113* 83 72 55
ESTRADIOL 117 89 18 R 73 135
PREMARIN 117 101 15 R 73 123
PROMETHAZINE HCL 116 56 35 R 75 116
RISPERIDONE 115 94 15 A 76 83
NITROFURANTOIN* 113 108* 32 77 248
LYRICA 112 93 25 78 63
DIGOX 111 111 18 79 100
CEFUROXIME 107 93 80 80 124
CELEBREX 107 102* 24 80 74
METHOCARBAMOL 106 51 24 R 82 188
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 105 105 15 83 129
BYSTOLIC 104 85 18 84 91
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 99 94* 19 85 140
TEMAZEPAM 98 58 25 B 86 72
LOVAZA 96 65 18 87 95
LANTUS 96 83 21 87 56
CLONIDINE HCL 95 75 23 89 48
FELODIPINE ER 94 83 15 90 199
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 89* 20 90 67
METFORMIN HCL ER 88 83* 11 92 54
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 72 25 93 97
GUANFACINE HCL 86 81* 12 R 94 301
TERAZOSIN HCL 86 66 22 94 153
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 85 20 96 43
ABILIFY 85 80* 14 A 96 128
JANUVIA 84 60 16 98 49
DIGOXIN 84 84 19 98 147
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 83 78* 13 100 148
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 82 53 40 101 136
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 80 67 57 102 88
BENAZEPRIL HCL 79 74* 14 103 85
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 78 78 13 104 117
PAROXETINE HCL 77 72* 13 105 80
LANSOPRAZOLE 74 55 21 106 211
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 73 59 66 107 102
DIAZEPAM 73 48 26 B 107 120
NOVOLIN R 73 68* 13 107 139
NITROSTAT 72 55 33 110 241
ZETIA 72 67* 13 110 70
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 72 16 110 68
VESICARE 72 48 12 110 108
ADVAIR DISKUS 72 61 22 110 66
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 72 <11 <11 110 105
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 70 <11 <11 116 146
TOPIRAMATE 69 <11 <11 117 208
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 <11 <11 118 73
FENOFIBRATE* 66 <11 <11 118 57
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 65 44 12 120 94
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 64 59* 11 R 121 101
WELCHOL 63 58* 12 122 226
BACLOFEN 63 <11 <11 122 107
FINASTERIDE 62 57* 14 124 90
LEVETIRACETAM 62 <11 <11 124 99
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 60 41 14 126 196
BUPROPION HCL SR 59 37 14 127 227
DILTIAZEM ER 58 <11 <11 128 200
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 58 53* 17 128 104
FAMOTIDINE* 57 52* 16 130 76
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 56 51* 12 131 71
IBUPROFEN 56 22 15 131 87
HYDRALAZINE HCL 56 <11 <11 131 59
SYMBICORT 54 49* 17 134 134
DOXEPIN HCL 53 48* 12 135 266
VENLAFAXINE HCL 53 <11 <11 135 262
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 48* 20 135 96
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 52 47* 14 138 246
MECLIZINE HCL 52 47* 31 138 126
DEXILANT 52 <11 <11 138 163
SPIRIVA 52 52 11 138 78
VYTORIN 50 <11 <11 142 157
EXELON 50 32 11 142 98
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 12, 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.