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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,888Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 92 out of 3035

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 312 out of 3035

817 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87% Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

1% of this provider’s 817 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 817 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,056 996 170 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 850 759 156 2 9
OMEPRAZOLE 780 720 174 3 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 704 667 128 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 575 511 133 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 548 472 124 S3 6 5
LISINOPRIL 537 486 105 7 3
MELOXICAM 526 481 174 8 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 479 442 99 9 10
SIMVASTATIN 479 454 85 9 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 437 419 99 11 15
CLOPIDOGREL 431 414 83 12 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 413 372 65 13 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 392 328 181 14 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 390 329 68 15 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 385 333 79 16 16
TRAMADOL HCL 333 297 86 17 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 295 295 40 18 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 278 238 58 19 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 273 244 76 20 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 256 251* 65 21 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 245 205 44 22 25
CRESTOR 243 223 39 23 22
LOVASTATIN 220 165 36 24 52
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 218 204 38 R 25 101
NEXIUM 207 194 38 26 20
GABAPENTIN 200 175 45 27 12
ALLOPURINOL 199 185 35 28 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 193 188* 41 29 13
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 187 167 129 30 143
ATENOLOL 186 165 26 31 32
AZITHROMYCIN 182 161 137 32 46
GLYBURIDE 181 150 47 R 33 89
DONEPEZIL HCL 178 173* 34 34 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 174 162 36 35 23
SERTRALINE HCL 161 148 24 36 26
ALPRAZOLAM 149 121 52 B 37 19
GLIPIZIDE 142 137* 24 38 50
BENAZEPRIL HCL 142 137* 25 38 85
LANTUS 139 95 27 40 56
TAMSULOSIN HCL 138 133* 28 41 28
CYMBALTA 134 115 16 42 39
JANUVIA 129 114 21 43 49
ETODOLAC 125 108 60 44 178
CARVEDILOL 123 93 28 45 21
DIOVAN 116 76 16 46 36
RANITIDINE HCL 116 111* 31 46 64
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 112 107* 86 48 51
SPIRIVA 112 100 26 48 78
MOEXIPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 103 12 10 50 506
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 103 20 50 43
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 102 97* 18 52 71
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 100 95* 17 53 42
METFORMIN HCL ER 96 84 16 54 54
BENICAR HCT 94 89* 12 55 160
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 92 87* 19 56 24
VERAPAMIL ER 88 83* 15 57 113
GEMFIBROZIL 88 64 14 57 111
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 86 74 51 59 168
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 86 81* 24 59 96
MECLIZINE HCL 82 77* 30 61 126
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 81 76* 62 62 88
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 65 16 63 61
ESTRADIOL 79 74* 18 R 64 135
FINASTERIDE 79 74* 12 64 90
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 77 66 13 66 60
RAMIPRIL 76 71* 16 67 82
PREDNISONE 76 71* 47 67 45
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 76 13 67 67
TIZANIDINE HCL 76 71* 34 67 106
PROPRANOLOL HCL 75 52 12 71 151
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 75 14 71 77
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 73 68* 50 73 92
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 72 67* 17 74 44
SUCRALFATE 72 60 27 74 190
PROAIR HFA 71 58 25 76 65
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 71 <11 <11 R 76 86
AMOXICILLIN 70 57 63 78 121
MEGESTROL ACETATE 69 69 23 R 79 167
HUMULIN N 69 54 15 79 322
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 62* 16 81 66
DETROL LA 67 <11 <11 81 175
LACTULOSE 66 38 18 83 114
CELEBREX 66 61* 14 83 74
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 59* 12 85 68
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 64 59* 25 R 85 81
BENICAR 62 62 12 87 119
DILTIAZEM ER 60 55* 11 88 200
CEFDINIR 60 55* 49 88 174
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 60 60 15 88 155
NOVOLIN N 59 43 13 91 283
VENLAFAXINE HCL 59 43 15 91 262
GLIPIZIDE ER 56 <11 <11 93 115
CLONAZEPAM 56 39 14 B 93 58
NAMENDA 54 <11 <11 95 27
DICYCLOMINE HCL 54 49* 13 95 206
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54 <11 <11 95 137
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 52 47* 30 98 136
FENTANYL 52 <11 <11 S2 98 141
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 <11 <11 100 75
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 Aug. 19, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.