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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,352Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 117

$2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 117

469 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

6% of this provider’s 469 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 469 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 22,560 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

54 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 891 837 1 1
NAMENDA 856 799 2 7
FUROSEMIDE 824 768 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 813 767 4 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 677 599 5 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 643 581 S3 6 3
EXELON 622 591 7 34
DONEPEZIL HCL 620 572 8 10
CYMBALTA 616 590 9 27
LISINOPRIL 552 460 10 6
SIMVASTATIN 525 435 11 2
TRAMADOL HCL 466 409 12 19
MIRTAZAPINE 451 419 13 14
OMEPRAZOLE 434 406 14 9
SERTRALINE HCL 354 289 15 16
GABAPENTIN 337 304 16 12
LANTUS 328 275 17 25
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 312 287 18 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 293 264 19 29
NOVOLOG 271 230 20 60
CLOPIDOGREL 267 248 21 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 261 252 22 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 237 195 23 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 229 209 24 44
WARFARIN SODIUM 221 221 25 13
METFORMIN HCL 217 176 26 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 215 173 27 18
CARVEDILOL 209 197 28 22
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 208 190 29 53
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 197 193 30 39
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 196 151 31 20
PLAVIX 196 187 31 41
KLOR-CON M20 194 164 33 54
NOVOLIN R 189 151 34 40
JANTOVEN 175 174 35 120
GLIPIZIDE 173 161 36 51
LEVETIRACETAM 171 117 37 46
ABILIFY 157 143 38 75
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 156 156 39 32
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 156 151 39 59
LATANOPROST 156 138 39 84
RISPERIDONE 153 150 42 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 152 145 43 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 123 44 31
LACTULOSE 146 123 45 65
LIDODERM 145 130 46 62
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 142 128 47 24
LEVOFLOXACIN 134 130 48 55
DIOVAN 134 124 48 38
PATANOL 125 114 50 112
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 125 116 50 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 125 125 50 48
GENERLAC 124 84 53 141
DIGOXIN 122 122 54 45
NIFEDIPINE ER 122 98 54 116
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 122 116 54 17
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 121 104 57 85
RANITIDINE HCL 120 92 58 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 117 59 28
SPIRIVA 119 88 59 80
KLOR-CON M10 117 115 61 76
TRAZODONE HCL 112 88 62 23
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 112 86 62 132
LEVEMIR 110 83 64 107
LEXAPRO 107 99 65 86
JANUVIA 107 94 65 88
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 105 98 67 167
AGGRENOX 100 89 68 153
MELOXICAM 100 100 68 70
SEROQUEL 91 77 70 57
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 89 84 71 68
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 89 73 71 79
NEXIUM 87 76 73 36
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 76 73 61
OLANZAPINE 86 80 75 67
BACLOFEN 86 60 75 74
HYDRALAZINE HCL 85 79 77 50
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 85 47 77 83
PREDNISONE 85 84 77 47
ATENOLOL 84 82 80 42
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 83 81 71
FAMOTIDINE 76 66 82 49
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 74 44 83 72
ENABLEX 73 60 84 222
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 55 85 69
SINGULAIR 64 59 86 99
SEROQUEL XR 63 53 87 189
ROPINIROLE HCL 63 49 87 89
TORSEMIDE 63 63 87 206
AMITIZA 62 62 90 255
LOVAZA 62 62 90 164
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 62 35 90 91
PHENYTOIN 61 45 93 175
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 57 93 56
CRESTOR 61 60 93 58
ACTOS 59 59 96 161
TIMOLOL MALEATE 58 47 97 191
FLECTOR 57 57 98 263
RENVELA 56 41 99 163
FINASTERIDE 55 55 100 111
VENLAFAXINE HCL 55 54 100 140
TOPIRAMATE 55 39 100 160
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 52 49 103 100
CLONIDINE HCL 51 49 104 52
FENTANYL 50 47 S2 105 103
FENOFIBRATE 50 38 105 118
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 4, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.