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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,086Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1596 out of 4623

$655K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 418 out of 4623

297 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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 297 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 4,485 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

48% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$129 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 212 178 1 20
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 204 183 2 103
SYNTHROID 202 176 3 73
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 138 114 S3 4 3
METFORMIN HCL 123 105 5 6
NAMENDA 115 115 6 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 115 105 6 5
SIMVASTATIN 112 95 8 2
DIOVAN 105 103 9 39
LOVAZA 94 83 10 112
FUROSEMIDE 85 70 11 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 83 76 12 13
EVISTA 81 80 13 128
OMEPRAZOLE 78 61 14 7
NIASPAN 76 56 15 110
MECLIZINE HCL 75 60 16 125
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 72 17 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 60 18 18
TRAMADOL HCL 70 57 18 15
PEN NEEDLE 68 58 20 122
DIOVAN HCT 64 62 21 67
CITALOPRAM HBR 63 53 22 23
CILOSTAZOL 62 61 23 176
LYRICA 62 51 23 66
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 61 57 25 1
CLONIDINE 60 58 26 264
JANUVIA 58 50 27 52
LANTUS 56 51 28 44
CEPHALEXIN 52 47 29 84
EXFORGE 52 44 29 181
NEXIUM 51 42 31 17
LISINOPRIL 51 48 31 4
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 9, 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.