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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,005Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 146 out of 4623

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 49 out of 4623

547 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 547 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 547 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,173 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$89 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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
METFORMIN HCL 545 392 1 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 526 188 S3 2 3
BENAZEPRIL HCL 468 355 3 70
SIMVASTATIN 446 358 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 385 267 5 1
NEXIUM 380 252 6 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 372 301 7 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 372 337 7 11
MELOXICAM 347 264 9 27
JANUVIA 335 263 10 52
OMEPRAZOLE 334 260 11 7
DIOVAN 318 284 12 39
TRAMADOL HCL 312 236 13 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 275 205 14 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 268 144 15 18
CARVEDILOL 264 240 16 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 253 176 17 23
NAMENDA 232 209 18 36
GABAPENTIN 222 162 19 16
JANUMET 217 171 20 136
FINASTERIDE 215 180 21 109
LYRICA 202 107 22 66
PREDNISONE 202 155 22 50
LOVAZA 201 136 24 112
CILOSTAZOL 185 156 25 176
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 173 118 26 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 155 116 27 38
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 151 97 28 68
IBUPROFEN 148 56 29 65
FUROSEMIDE 142 123 30 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 139 130 31 22
SPIRIVA 136 122 32 79
DONEPEZIL HCL 129 108 33 30
DIOVAN HCT 123 110 34 67
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 122 103 35 74
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 117 96 36 126
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 94 37 10
CRESTOR 114 89 38 20
FORTEO 103 82 39 364
LEVOFLOXACIN 102 72 40 81
CYMBALTA 101 47 41 48
CLOPIDOGREL 101 89 41 31
LISINOPRIL 93 81 43 4
ALLOPURINOL 92 52 44 37
PROPRANOLOL HCL 91 68 45 169
MECLIZINE HCL 89 74 46 125
DIGOXIN 89 89 46 58
PEN NEEDLE 89 55 46 122
TOPIRAMATE 85 12 49 197
LEVETIRACETAM 82 24 50 114
SYMBICORT 81 61 51 151
ACTOS 76 50 52 87
CELEBREX 75 66 53 89
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 75 60 53 91
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 73 48 55 147
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 72 72 56 116
FLUCONAZOLE 70 36 57 189
ABILIFY 69 32 58 161
AZITHROMYCIN 68 48 59 33
SEROQUEL XR 68 22 59 235
LIDODERM 68 41 59 139
EVISTA 67 67 62 128
TRICOR 65 62 63 88
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 65 41 R 63 230
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 64 38 65 14
ROPINIROLE HCL 63 33 66 108
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 62 46 67 41
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 61 0 68 90
LEVEMIR 61 40 68 154
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 40 70 75
VICTOZA 2-PAK 56 21 71 361
CARISOPRODOL 56 0 R 71 71
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 54 46 73 415
AVODART 54 54 73 172
MEGESTROL ACETATE 54 48 R 73 145
RAMIPRIL 53 44 76 76
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 53 37 76 103
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 52 37 78 60
EXFORGE 50 34 79 181
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 22 79 105
NAPROXEN 50 43 79 63
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 8, 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.