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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,371Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 117 out of 3035

$1.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 140 out of 3035

748 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78% Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 748 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
METFORMIN HCL 837 703 147 1 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 778 712 128 2 13
SIMVASTATIN 771 670 153 3 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 720 642 125 4 16
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 662 522 110 5 60
IBUPROFEN 562 431 240 6 87
NEXIUM 555 441 103 7 20
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 553 482 87 8 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 547 465 112 9 6
JANUVIA 533 474 91 10 49
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 525 480 102 11 30
CRESTOR 475 335 90 12 22
DIOVAN 436 416 67 13 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 403 345 74 14 2
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 380 306 69 R 15 86
LISINOPRIL 362 269 63 16 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 292 242 48 17 11
TRAMADOL HCL 255 224 71 18 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 243 222 45 19 31
ZETIA 238 197 41 20 70
OMEPRAZOLE 236 207 52 21 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 232 212 43 22 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 229 200 39 23 14
FUROSEMIDE 227 222* 67 24 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 216 179 24 25 25
NAMENDA 216 216 27 25 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 204 161 69 27 23
CLOPIDOGREL 198 165 34 28 18
AZITHROMYCIN 190 146 144 29 46
CLONIDINE HCL 174 169* 37 30 48
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 170 165* 38 31 10
VOLTAREN 166 137 94 32 112
GLIPIZIDE ER 163 137 24 33 115
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 161 147 38 34 194
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 161 134 97 S3 34 162
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 143 122 62 S3 36 5
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 133 91 100 37 102
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 129 111 30 38 24
GABAPENTIN 127 122* 34 39 12
HYDRALAZINE HCL 119 114* 24 40 59
LOVAZA 110 93 27 41 95
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 109 104* 22 R 42 101
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 83 17 43 67
VESICARE 103 86 28 44 108
MECLIZINE HCL 102 85 55 45 126
GLYBURIDE 101 79 18 R 46 89
NASONEX 101 68 65 46 156
SERTRALINE HCL 99 74 25 48 26
LANTUS 95 58 20 49 56
ALLOPURINOL 94 78 20 50 38
TRILIPIX 91 61 22 51 223
METFORMIN HCL ER 90 66 19 52 54
ATENOLOL 90 60 15 52 32
CARVEDILOL 88 62 25 54 21
GEMFIBROZIL 88 46 27 54 111
GLIMEPIRIDE 87 82* 23 56 37
GLIPIZIDE XL 86 73 11 57 195
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 78* 13 58 43
MIRTAZAPINE 81 57 16 59 62
GLIPIZIDE 81 76* 18 59 50
LACTULOSE 81 76* 40 59 114
ACTONEL 79 74* 23 62 191
FENOFIBRATE* 79 79 18 62 57
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 78 65 49 64 246
SPIRIVA 78 63 26 64 78
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 33 12 66 77
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 71 53 37 67 168
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 57 11 68 61
LORAZEPAM 69 51 28 B 69 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 57 24 70 66
ALPRAZOLAM 67 50 24 B 71 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 61* 28 72 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 64 59* 14 73 29
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 64 59* 47 73 177
NOVOLIN N 63 63 13 75 283
DETROL LA 63 63 11 75 175
LYRICA 62 46 18 77 63
MEGESTROL ACETATE 60 55* 24 R 78 167
ACARBOSE 58 <11 <11 79 298
RANITIDINE HCL 57 <11 <11 80 64
FENOFIBRATE* 56 29 11 81 57
FENOFIBRIC ACID 56 32 20 81 393
CAPTOPRIL 54 <11 <11 83 273
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 <11 <11 83 71
NOVOLIN 70-30 54 43 12 83 165
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 52 <11 <11 86 235
EVISTA 51 <11 <11 87 118
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 45* 42 88 55
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 Oct. 30, 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.