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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,951Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 90 out of 823

$311K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 194 out of 823

253 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 253 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 4,527 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

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
SIMVASTATIN 205 189 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 168 149 S3 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 162 153 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 156 153 4 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 133 124 5 17
LISINOPRIL 130 121 6 4
FUROSEMIDE 127 124 7 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 115 104 8 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 99 9 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 106 104 10 22
ATENOLOL 98 83 11 47
CITALOPRAM HBR 71 67 12 34
ALLOPURINOL 70 66 13 61
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 68 13 29
BUPROPION XL 69 68 15 190
TRAMADOL HCL 67 64 16 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 53 17 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 64 55 18 3
TAMSULOSIN HCL 63 54 19 21
CRESTOR 60 57 20 20
DIOVAN 60 56 20 35
MELOXICAM 59 59 22 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 57 57 23 18
GABAPENTIN 56 56 24 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 55 25 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 49 26 30
SYNTHROID 50 50 27 37
AZITHROMYCIN 50 33 27 48
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 50 46 27 138
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.