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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,014Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 189

$818K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 189

589 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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

2% of this provider’s 589 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 589 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,819 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 768 481 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 736 650 2 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 720 629 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 611 512 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 527 417 5 7
LISINOPRIL 513 447 6 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 473 436 7 13
CARVEDILOL 462 433 8 22
SIMVASTATIN 440 397 9 4
METFORMIN HCL 418 367 10 6
RAMIPRIL 328 262 11 75
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 325 287 12 14
GABAPENTIN 309 264 13 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 301 213 14 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 265 229 15 19
FLUOXETINE HCL 246 201 16 82
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 223 193 17 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 202 175 18 10
PREDNISONE 193 162 19 45
ATENOLOL 192 154 20 32
ALPRAZOLAM 191 114 21 181
TEMAZEPAM 189 158 22 184
TRAMADOL HCL 180 160 23 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 173 140 24 50
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 168 149 25 11
AMOXICILLIN 165 133 26 49
LANTUS 160 139 27 40
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 158 79 R 28 66
BUPROPION XL 155 133 29 155
WARFARIN SODIUM 152 137 30 24
TRAZODONE HCL 144 112 31 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 144 111 31 52
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 142 118 33 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 130 130 34 23
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 126 102 35 65
CYMBALTA 120 74 36 46
NEXIUM 117 67 37 9
CLOPIDOGREL 114 108 38 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 112 95 39 68
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 107 94 40 17
SERTRALINE HCL 106 88 41 28
DIGOXIN 104 94 42 64
ALLOPURINOL 98 83 43 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 97 44 26
DIOVAN 97 97 44 34
CLONIDINE HCL 97 65 44 37
LEVOFLOXACIN 94 79 47 96
NAMENDA 91 91 48 33
MELOXICAM 89 71 49 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 89 76 49 78
CRESTOR 88 57 51 20
LOVASTATIN 84 75 52 60
PLAVIX 81 80 53 38
MUPIROCIN 81 55 53 133
SYNTHROID 80 60 55 70
ACTONEL 79 79 56 162
ESTRADIOL 79 68 R 56 169
CARISOPRODOL 77 46 R 58 47
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 77 77 58 161
CITALOPRAM HBR 76 67 60 25
AZITHROMYCIN 75 59 61 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 72 67 62 27
DIOVAN HCT 72 62 62 44
PROMETHAZINE HCL 69 40 R 64 85
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 64 65 62
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 56 66 39
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 49 67 185
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 63 47 67 144
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 48 69 59
SINGULAIR 58 45 70 94
LYRICA 52 43 71 67
PAROXETINE HCL 52 52 71 72
AMIODARONE HCL 52 52 71 231
METOLAZONE 51 41 74 176
LEVETIRACETAM 51 51 74 112
BUSPIRONE HCL 50 26 76 145
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 12, 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.