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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,190Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1500 out of 3035

$404K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1355 out of 3035

341 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older
3% 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

11% of this provider’s 341 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Brand Name Drugs*

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $68 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 219 214* 56 1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 188 183* 55 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 153 153 38 3 2
CRESTOR 153 148* 39 3 22
LISINOPRIL 152 147* 54 5 3
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 138 133* 52 6 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 132* 45 7 16
OMEPRAZOLE 129 124* 43 8 8
SYNTHROID 120 120 29 9 41
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 119 114* 32 10 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 117 112* 39 11 11
SIMVASTATIN 117 112* 37 11 4
ATENOLOL 107 107 28 13 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 104 104 28 14 23
SERTRALINE HCL 100 95* 29 15 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 98 93* 36 S3 16 5
METFORMIN HCL 80 75* 22 17 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 69* 26 18 34
MELOXICAM 73 68* 33 19 35
CLOPIDOGREL 70 65* 19 20 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 70 70 20 20 14
FUROSEMIDE 69 64* 25 22 7
TRAZODONE HCL 68 68 16 23 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 68 12 23 42
PREDNISONE 66 61* 53 25 45
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 63 63 18 26 15
NEXIUM 62 57* 14 27 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 52* 15 28 30
NAMENDA 55 55 16 29 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 52 47* 17 30 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 52 52 13 30 24
CYMBALTA 51 <11 <11 32 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 50 45* 12 33 29
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. 4, 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.