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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,224Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 117

$1.2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 117

1,067 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
8% 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

3% of this provider’s 1,067 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 1,067 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,888 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 26.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,008 999 1 1
LISINOPRIL 706 700 2 6
NAMENDA 701 697 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 616 615 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 598 564 S3 5 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 569 565 6 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 497 486 7 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 482 480 8 18
FUROSEMIDE 467 450 9 4
OMEPRAZOLE 461 449 10 9
SERTRALINE HCL 460 457 11 16
CARVEDILOL 447 443 12 22
TRAZODONE HCL 438 438 13 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 385 377 14 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 362 351 15 17
MIRTAZAPINE 343 343 16 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 278 278 17 21
GABAPENTIN 269 251 18 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 245 245 19 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 243 243 20 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 235 235 21 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 214 212 22 39
CRESTOR 203 189 23 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 197 197 24 26
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 181 181 25 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 172 172 26 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 171 171 27 31
METFORMIN HCL 165 161 28 15
EXELON 156 156 29 34
DIOVAN 155 155 30 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 146 31 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 139 139 32 24
CYMBALTA 138 127 33 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 132 129 34 44
ADVAIR DISKUS 130 130 35 71
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 129 124 36 29
ATENOLOL 126 117 37 42
DIGOXIN 125 124 38 45
NEXIUM 112 112 39 36
SYNTHROID 110 104 40 122
TRAMADOL HCL 109 108 41 19
PAROXETINE HCL 108 108 42 82
PLAVIX 107 106 43 41
PREDNISONE 103 102 44 47
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 100 100 45 61
SEROQUEL 93 93 46 57
PREMARIN 92 92 R 47 169
CLOPIDOGREL 89 89 48 30
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 88 88 49 78
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 85 50 90
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 80 51 48
SINGULAIR 79 77 52 99
RISPERIDONE 76 76 53 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 75 54 56
RAMIPRIL 74 74 55 63
GLIPIZIDE 74 74 55 51
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 74 74 55 37
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 72 72 58 53
CLONIDINE HCL 68 56 59 52
LEVOFLOXACIN 65 63 60 55
OLANZAPINE 64 64 61 67
SPIRIVA 64 62 61 80
FINASTERIDE 63 63 63 111
KLOR-CON M20 62 62 64 54
SEROQUEL XR 61 61 65 189
SPIRONOLACTONE 61 61 65 69
LIPITOR 61 61 65 131
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 59 68 95
LIDODERM 58 58 69 62
ROPINIROLE HCL 57 57 70 89
LOVASTATIN 56 56 71 92
MELOXICAM 56 56 71 70
PROPRANOLOL HCL 55 55 73 192
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54 50 74 50
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 53 75 106
ZETIA 51 51 76 130
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 36 77 79
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 April 7, 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.