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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Pulmonary Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,617Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 391

$1.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 391

683 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

8% of this provider’s 683 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,502 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 56%.

Prescription Price

$119 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $166 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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
PREDNISONE 637 525 1 3
SPIRIVA 619 529 2 1
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 532 465 3 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 475 421 4 2
PROAIR HFA 324 268 5 5
SIMVASTATIN 266 250 6 11
OMEPRAZOLE 249 238 7 12
FUROSEMIDE 246 200 8 8
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 228 190 9 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 220 181 10 21
SYMBICORT 198 178 11 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 196 177 S3 12 6
AZITHROMYCIN 193 165 13 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 165 161 14 27
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 164 161 15 10
METFORMIN HCL 147 143 16 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 128 124 17 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 118 116 18 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 85 19 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 109 96 20 13
VENTOLIN HFA 109 95 20 19
SINGULAIR 108 90 22 7
GABAPENTIN 106 104 23 26
COMBIVENT 105 79 24 17
LISINOPRIL 103 89 25 16
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 101 89 26 74
ATENOLOL 99 99 27 57
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 87 87 28 95
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 80 76 29 28
ALLOPURINOL 75 75 30 75
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 60 31 34
KLOR-CON 10 68 59 31 206
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 59 45 33 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 57 34 35
MELOXICAM 57 57 35 56
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 54 36 232
SERTRALINE HCL 54 51 36 33
PAROXETINE HCL 53 44 38 147
DOXEPIN HCL 51 51 39 241
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 July 15, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.