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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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31,769Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 3035

$1.86M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 55 out of 3035

712 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80% Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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

7% of this provider’s 712 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 712 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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
FUROSEMIDE 1,204 1,039 204 1 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,004 730 210 S3 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 955 827 126 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 850 751 130 4 1
NAMENDA 835 818 71 5 27
SIMVASTATIN 730 620 109 6 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 627 596 86 7 31
MIRTAZAPINE 618 547 104 8 62
OMEPRAZOLE 599 499 113 9 8
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 590 551 93 A 10 53
WARFARIN SODIUM 589 533 69 11 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 571 483 108 12 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 556 485 97 13 15
LORAZEPAM 460 384 107 B 14 47
METFORMIN HCL 457 396 84 15 9
CYMBALTA 456 351 46 16 39
LISINOPRIL 428 364 91 17 3
CLOPIDOGREL 385 331 60 18 18
TRAMADOL HCL 357 331 90 19 17
GABAPENTIN 347 267 56 20 12
SERTRALINE HCL 336 302 46 21 26
TRAZODONE HCL 310 275 53 22 40
CARVEDILOL 309 258 61 23 21
HYDRALAZINE HCL 290 251 58 24 59
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 289 202 70 25 23
ALPRAZOLAM 287 220 62 B 26 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 284 232 44 27 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 278 210 61 28 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 272 253 47 29 28
LYRICA 261 225 38 30 63
CITALOPRAM HBR 258 188 33 31 29
NEXIUM 254 232 39 32 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 237 186 53 33 6
LACTULOSE 235 201 84 34 114
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 231 211 33 35 42
EXELON 227 227 39 36 98
SPIRONOLACTONE 225 182 39 37 69
PREDNISONE 222 174 64 38 45
BACLOFEN 220 93 32 39 107
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 216 198 35 40 110
RISPERIDONE 213 200 33 A 41 83
PAROXETINE HCL 210 170 35 42 80
LEVETIRACETAM 207 84 26 43 99
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 206 174 45 44 11
NOVOLOG 189 168 49 45 127
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 187 153 31 46 44
CLONIDINE HCL 184 148 71 47 48
LIDODERM 178 173* 44 48 125
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 166 152 28 49 61
LEVEMIR 165 139 35 50 133
MELOXICAM 154 143 39 51 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 152 127 30 52 14
SANTYL 150 118 54 53 215
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 147 142* 23 54 131
ROPINIROLE HCL 146 124 24 55 109
ATENOLOL 137 132* 25 56 32
LEVOFLOXACIN 135 117 94 57 55
DIOVAN 131 104 18 58 36
FENTANYL 130 110 23 S2 59 141
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 127 122* 19 60 129
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 125 114 26 61 30
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 121 105 69 62 140
FAMOTIDINE* 112 99 26 63 76
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 92 28 63 34
PROMETHAZINE HCL 111 77 55 R 65 116
GLIMEPIRIDE 109 104* 24 66 37
ALLOPURINOL 108 75 19 67 38
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 107 60 18 68 137
ABILIFY 103 72 13 A 69 128
NYSTATIN 101 73 52 70 164
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 97 60 23 71 117
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 50 16 72 43
DIGOX 95 60 23 72 100
LANTUS 94 63 25 74 56
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 68 69 75 51
NOVOLIN R 91 74 21 76 139
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 91 36 18 76 130
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 91 70 70 76 88
TIZANIDINE HCL 91 36 11 76 106
HUMALOG 89 52 27 80 150
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 68 19 81 16
CELEBREX 87 66 15 82 74
AZITHROMYCIN 87 56 67 82 46
GLYBURIDE 87 82* 20 R 82 89
SPIRIVA 87 82* 21 82 78
FENOFIBRATE* 86 66 13 86 57
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 86 62 31 86 97
BUSPIRONE HCL 86 <11 <11 86 142
LATANOPROST 85 80* 17 89 193
CLONAZEPAM 85 72 17 B 89 58
NIFEDIPINE ER 83 68 16 91 75
AMIODARONE HCL 80 64 18 92 152
DETROL LA 77 <11 <11 93 175
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 77 72* 51 93 177
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 74 50 22 95 148
SUCRALFATE 74 69* 14 95 190
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74 69* 22 95 33
CRESTOR 74 50 21 95 22
GEMFIBROZIL 74 56 13 95 111
FINASTERIDE 72 67* 11 100 90
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 71 56 12 101 146
RANITIDINE HCL 70 65* 14 102 64
KLOR-CON M20 70 70 21 102 93
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 69 58 14 104 318
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 68 <11 <11 105 185
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 67 35 22 106 104
RAMIPRIL 65 60* 12 107 82
BYSTOLIC 63 58* 17 108 91
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 <11 <11 108 77
XARELTO 61 61 15 110 169
RIVASTIGMINE 60 <11 <11 111 309
HYDROXYZINE HCL 58 53* 23 R 112 176
VOLTAREN 57 57 17 113 112
TEMAZEPAM 56 51* 19 B 114 72
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 56 34 42 114 253
GLIPIZIDE 56 56 13 114 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 51* 16 114 66
FLUCONAZOLE 55 39 32 118 201
DIAZEPAM 55 <11 <11 B 118 120
VERAPAMIL ER 55 <11 <11 118 113
HALOPERIDOL 53 48* 11 A 121 290
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 53 48* 33 121 155
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 52 36 12 S2 123 454
VANCOMYCIN HCL* 52 <11 <11 123 315
BUPROPION HCL 51 <11 <11 125 376
AVODART 51 46* 12 125 145
JANUVIA 50 <11 <11 127 49
VESICARE 50 <11 <11 127 108
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 Sept. 11, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.