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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,589Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 242 out of 4623

$629K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 455 out of 4623

511 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

36% of this provider’s 511 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,883 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,035 391 S3 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 679 516 2 5
LISINOPRIL 559 451 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 538 464 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 313 250 5 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 267 137 6 18
GABAPENTIN 246 201 7 16
SIMVASTATIN 245 164 8 2
NEXIUM 242 168 9 17
TRAMADOL HCL 238 187 10 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 230 176 11 11
METFORMIN HCL 228 122 12 6
BENAZEPRIL HCL 219 173 13 70
OMEPRAZOLE 198 159 14 7
CEFDINIR 188 110 15 129
CLOPIDOGREL 183 163 16 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 172 160 17 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 172 137 17 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 162 162 19 29
CARISOPRODOL 161 36 R 20 71
MELOXICAM 153 103 21 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 150 138 22 55
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 147 102 23 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 144 134 24 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 132 119 25 14
DIGOXIN 129 120 26 58
MIRTAZAPINE 128 106 27 57
CLONIDINE HCL 123 83 28 40
PLAVIX 115 105 29 45
ALLOPURINOL 112 97 30 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 110 68 31 23
LOVASTATIN 110 106 31 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 109 109 33 24
GLIPIZIDE 103 60 34 49
GEMFIBROZIL 102 75 35 94
AZITHROMYCIN 93 36 36 33
TRICOR 90 78 37 88
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 89 53 38 60
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 87 81 39 80
CEPHALEXIN 86 46 40 84
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 86 81 40 13
ATENOLOL 84 69 42 28
CYMBALTA 84 47 42 48
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 77 64 44 22
LANTUS 77 71 44 44
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 74 60 46 103
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 74 50 46 147
GLYBURIDE 72 43 R 48 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 64 49 43
DIOVAN 67 52 50 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 66 41 51 21
CARVEDILOL 66 46 51 25
NAMENDA 66 66 51 36
VERAPAMIL HCL 66 56 51 339
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 17 R 55 53
EXFORGE 65 56 55 181
NAPROXEN 63 12 57 63
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 52 58 77
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 55 59 10
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 59 57 59 75
DONEPEZIL HCL 58 58 61 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 53 R 62 69
LEVOFLOXACIN 57 51 62 81
FINASTERIDE 54 54 64 109
NOVOLIN 70-30 53 31 65 153
VESICARE 50 38 66 166
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 May 2, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.