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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Adult Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,106Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 59

$178K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 59

370 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

22% of this provider’s 370 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 5,983 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$25 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
SIMVASTATIN 517 422 1 1
LISINOPRIL 516 474 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 319 235 S3 3 5
GLYBURIDE 234 222 R 4 48
NAPROXEN SODIUM 209 176 5 130
METFORMIN HCL 184 155 6 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 183 170 7 3
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 180 169 8 49
FUROSEMIDE 167 136 9 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 159 10 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 162 134 11 4
OMEPRAZOLE 147 105 12 7
ATENOLOL 141 140 13 28
AZITHROMYCIN 140 125 14 32
GLIPIZIDE 138 133 15 52
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 130 116 16 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 109 17 18
TRAMADOL HCL 108 90 18 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 102 97 19 12
CLOPIDOGREL 98 95 20 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 97 97 21 24
MECLIZINE HCL 91 91 22 72
NAPROXEN 76 51 23 69
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 72 48 R 24 59
PLAVIX 70 68 25 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 63 36 26 17
AMOXICILLIN 62 53 27 114
HUMULIN 70-30 61 40 28 164
TAMSULOSIN HCL 56 56 29 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 56 29 20
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 50 29 36
NEXIUM 54 41 32 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 51 37 33 16
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 8, 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.