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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Adult Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,753Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 59

$1.39M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 59

2,829 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

14% of this provider’s 2,829 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,882 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

8 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
LISINOPRIL 1,155 648 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 865 516 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 855 551 3 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 638 334 S3 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 610 392 5 8
TRAMADOL HCL 555 291 6 10
OMEPRAZOLE 546 296 7 7
METFORMIN HCL 540 292 8 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 523 296 9 11
NEXIUM 470 304 10 14
GABAPENTIN 459 261 11 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 454 225 12 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 429 250 13 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 379 246 14 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 376 252 15 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 369 206 16 19
CARVEDILOL 362 222 17 31
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 362 240 17 3
CLONIDINE HCL 319 161 19 55
INSULIN SYRINGE 304 182 20 67
RANITIDINE HCL 291 140 21 51
CITALOPRAM HBR 247 101 22 25
NOVOLIN 70-30 231 101 23 108
GLYBURIDE 227 129 R 24 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 223 114 25 34
PROAIR HFA 217 71 26 68
PLAVIX 184 144 27 54
CRESTOR 181 108 28 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 179 88 29 17
VENTOLIN HFA 172 75 30 145
ADVAIR DISKUS 170 77 31 58
ALLOPURINOL 163 106 32 42
DONEPEZIL HCL 162 143 33 24
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 161 61 R 34 80
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 149 84 R 35 99
HYDRALAZINE HCL 148 87 36 98
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 146 102 37 21
MELOXICAM 142 101 38 26
TRAZODONE HCL 141 76 39 50
WARFARIN SODIUM 135 63 40 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 132 87 41 27
MIRTAZAPINE 132 87 41 41
SINGULAIR 126 62 43 85
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 125 96 44 20
LANTUS 121 62 45 53
SEROQUEL 120 60 46 90
CYMBALTA 119 48 47 57
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 118 93 48 133
ATENOLOL 118 70 48 28
NAPROXEN 112 44 50 69
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 106 83 51 97
NAMENDA 104 97 52 29
LIPITOR 104 76 52 83
VERAPAMIL ER 102 75 54 142
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 100 58 55 82
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 99 58 56 75
PREDNISONE 92 61 57 40
SYMBICORT 90 42 58 133
HYDROXYZINE HCL 89 34 R 59 161
IBUPROFEN 87 22 60 62
DIOVAN 86 55 61 38
LEVETIRACETAM 86 42 61 89
PEN NEEDLE 85 24 63 92
RISPERIDONE 82 49 64 56
SERTRALINE HCL 81 42 65 22
GLIPIZIDE 79 43 66 52
NIFEDIPINE ER 76 36 67 102
BACLOFEN 75 32 68 159
FEXOFENADINE HCL 75 45 68 199
LYRICA 74 38 70 71
LIDODERM 74 34 70 104
SPIRIVA 73 47 72 78
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 71 48 73 61
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 29 73 105
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 55 75 15
HUMULIN 70-30 69 42 76 164
DIOVAN HCT 66 39 77 65
CARISOPRODOL 66 14 R 77 132
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 65 23 79 129
GLIMEPIRIDE 63 39 80 47
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 53 80 39
ETODOLAC 63 39 80 163
ACTOS 62 26 83 73
XOPENEX HFA 61 29 84 219
SPIRONOLACTONE 61 24 84 81
COMBIVENT 60 31 86 220
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 26 87 103
TRICOR 56 25 88 79
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56 36 88 33
AZITHROMYCIN 55 27 90 32
LOVASTATIN 55 39 90 43
COLCRYS 54 38 92 179
NYSTATIN 52 31 93 233
ABILIFY 52 18 93 124
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 51 0 R 95 112
FAMOTIDINE 51 27 95 66
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 Feb. 23, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.