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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,098Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 184 out of 4623

$1.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 79 out of 4623

707 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
12% 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

15% of this provider’s 707 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 13,810 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

42% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$82 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
CRESTOR 1,037 952 1 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 702 634 2 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 599 563 3 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 500 460 4 1
SYNTHROID 478 467 5 73
ZETIA 457 444 6 92
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 418 393 7 5
METFORMIN HCL 395 372 8 6
LISINOPRIL 385 347 9 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 315 310 10 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 303 257 S3 11 3
OMEPRAZOLE 294 272 12 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 276 240 13 19
NIASPAN 276 269 13 110
WELCHOL 265 238 15 276
BENAZEPRIL HCL 229 198 16 70
NAPROXEN 228 219 17 63
SIMVASTATIN 195 192 18 2
TRILIPIX 179 163 19 150
FUROSEMIDE 166 152 20 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 162 161 21 9
EVISTA 152 151 22 128
CITALOPRAM HBR 146 118 23 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 139 139 24 22
BENICAR HCT 124 124 25 203
DIOVAN 123 123 26 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 117 27 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 99 28 21
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 110 29 212
ATELVIA 107 86 30 217
BENICAR 106 94 31 168
MIRTAZAPINE 104 103 32 57
LIVALO 103 103 33 413
AZITHROMYCIN 100 89 34 33
GABAPENTIN 100 83 34 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 99 99 36 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 99 91 36 24
CARVEDILOL 94 94 38 25
TRAMADOL HCL 93 84 39 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 90 39 46
DIOVAN HCT 91 89 41 67
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 88 85 42 124
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 88 78 42 120
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 84 62 44 101
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 83 79 45 14
SPIRIVA 78 78 46 79
SERTRALINE HCL 74 72 47 26
NEXIUM 74 57 47 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 73 73 49 30
GLYBURIDE 72 62 R 50 59
MELOXICAM 70 68 51 27
NAMENDA 69 69 52 36
LEVOFLOXACIN 69 61 52 81
ATENOLOL 69 44 52 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68 68 55 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 68 53 55 35
LUNESTA 66 41 57 287
LIPITOR 66 66 57 100
ALLOPURINOL 65 53 59 37
VERAPAMIL ER 64 64 60 96
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 33 60 62
VESICARE 62 62 62 166
CELEBREX 58 51 63 89
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 58 63 61
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 51 65 32
BYSTOLIC 57 57 65 115
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 50 R 67 69
DILTIAZEM ER 54 54 68 179
ACTOS 53 46 69 87
CLOPIDOGREL 53 49 69 31
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 53 51 69 103
FENOFIBRATE 52 52 72 54
CEFDINIR 50 45 73 129
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 March 18, 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.