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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,757Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 823

$796K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 823

717 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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 Average for
this specialty
in Texas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 717 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,440 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Texas
LISINOPRIL 766 627 1 4
METFORMIN HCL 732 603 2 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 549 470 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 547 429 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 385 200 S3 5 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 383 311 6 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 337 260 7 13
TRAMADOL HCL 322 265 8 15
NEXIUM 302 221 9 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 271 208 10 29
FUROSEMIDE 242 186 11 7
LOVASTATIN 228 190 12 132
ATENOLOL 225 189 13 47
CEPHALEXIN 223 169 14 86
GABAPENTIN 207 133 15 8
CLONIDINE HCL 192 132 16 41
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 188 162 17 11
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 187 138 18 91
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 184 130 19 62
DONEPEZIL HCL 166 166 20 24
PROAIR HFA 166 128 20 131
ACTOS 158 136 22 130
OMEPRAZOLE 151 119 23 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 142 116 24 22
CLOPIDOGREL 133 112 25 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 128 114 26 42
CARVEDILOL 123 85 27 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 116 105 28 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 98 29 39
IBUPROFEN 106 83 30 103
CITALOPRAM HBR 98 77 31 34
INSULIN SYRINGE 95 74 32 125
NAMENDA 95 88 32 28
DIGOXIN 95 95 32 33
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 95 70 32 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 94 92 36 21
CARISOPRODOL 93 0 R 37 36
GLIPIZIDE 91 62 38 105
JANUVIA 91 86 38 70
LIPITOR 88 60 40 128
DIOVAN 88 77 40 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 87 55 42 68
CRESTOR 86 72 43 20
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 84 73 R 44 121
LANTUS 82 68 45 76
RISPERIDONE 78 51 46 78
KLOR-CON 8 75 60 47 456
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 74 59 48 30
GLYBURIDE 73 59 R 49 150
AZITHROMYCIN 68 45 50 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 61 51 99
MECLIZINE HCL 67 58 51 184
NYSTATIN 66 53 53 334
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 66 45 R 53 63
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 65 57 R 55 292
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 54 55 73
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 63 52 57 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 63 61 57 18
PLAVIX 63 59 57 25
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 62 28 60 162
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 28 61 181
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 29 61 97
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 53 63 134
TRAZODONE HCL 60 36 63 43
CYMBALTA 60 35 63 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 58 46 66 23
PREDNISONE 58 41 66 31
PROMETHAZINE HCL 55 31 R 68 158
COMBIVENT 55 42 68 263
ZETIA 54 51 70 100
MEGESTROL ACETATE 54 53 R 70 241
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51 42 72 17
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths 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.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 Nov. 21, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.