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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,306Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 79

$729K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 79

226 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

12% of this provider’s 226 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 226 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,628 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 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
SERTRALINE HCL 573 516 1 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 559 489 S3 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 544 494 3 4
LISINOPRIL 315 285 4 2
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 298 263 5 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 289 255 6 11
TRAZODONE HCL 258 241 7 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 250 244 8 1
TRAMADOL HCL 249 209 9 17
OMEPRAZOLE 231 201 10 7
LACTULOSE 217 201 11 40
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 204 189 12 20
SYNTHROID 198 177 13 143
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 194 192 14 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 181 181 15 8
NAMENDA 180 180 16 9
CARVEDILOL 180 137 16 21
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 176 148 18 59
LYRICA 142 127 19 73
MIRTAZAPINE 139 132 20 15
LANTUS 139 94 20 26
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 138 136 22 114
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 133 122 23 86
DIGOXIN 130 118 24 42
METFORMIN HCL 129 107 25 13
EXELON 120 106 26 41
RISPERIDONE 119 116 27 24
GLIMEPIRIDE 112 68 28 77
CEFTRIAXONE 111 109 29 107
GABAPENTIN 109 97 30 12
NOVOLIN R 107 87 31 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 105 103 32 6
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 100 83 33 44
SEROQUEL 93 89 34 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 92 87 35 25
CLOPIDOGREL 89 79 36 31
PREDNISONE 86 74 37 54
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 86 80 37 50
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 82 72 39 85
RANITIDINE HCL 81 81 40 33
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 79 43 41 126
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 71 69 42 71
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 70 70 43 23
SIMVASTATIN 67 31 44 3
SINGULAIR 67 60 44 108
PLAVIX 62 57 46 46
GENERLAC 62 48 46 103
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 61 58 48 58
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 43 48 47
LIDOCAINE HCL 58 55 50 127
KLOR-CON M20 58 31 50 63
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 37 50 64
ABILIFY 57 37 53 74
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 50 54 32
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 54 54 68
FAMOTIDINE 54 54 56 60
TOPIRAMATE 54 26 56 264
CYMBALTA 53 21 58 27
GEODON 53 51 58 161
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 52 40 60 28
CLONIDINE HCL 52 49 60 49
NYSTOP 51 50 62 203
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 Dec. 11, 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.