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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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52,231Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 4623

$6.86M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 4623

2,700 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

1% of this provider’s 2,700 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 41,510 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$131 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 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
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 2,194 1,619 R 10 1 56
SIMVASTATIN 2,155 1,820 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,944 1,613 3 5
NEXIUM 1,488 1,183 4 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,367 1,259 5 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,354 1,117 6 1
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 1,119 883 7 46
FUROSEMIDE 1,087 902 8 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 1,045 837 9 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 1,034 818 10 13
PEN NEEDLE 1,017 753 10 11 122
OMEPRAZOLE 907 685 12 7
METFORMIN HCL 848 648 13 6
JANUVIA 835 623 14 52
DIOVAN HCT 800 692 15 67
INSULIN SYRINGE 781 603 10 16 85
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 757 632 10 17 200
LISINOPRIL 756 558 18 4
CRESTOR 749 600 19 20
CEPHALEXIN 730 553 10 20 84
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 715 578 21 12
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 701 523 10 22 223
MELOXICAM 687 592 23 27
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 673 516 24 103
TRICOR 652 495 10 25 88
CLOPIDOGREL 558 480 26 31
ZETIA 491 418 27 92
FENOFIBRATE 442 323 28 54
AZITHROMYCIN 441 338 29 33
GLIMEPIRIDE 430 372 30 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 429 371 31 43
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 427 351 32 55
IBUPROFEN 419 285 33 65
DIOVAN 415 296 34 39
LEVOFLOXACIN 408 350 35 81
JANUMET 407 292 36 136
LYRICA 365 247 37 66
TRAMADOL HCL 358 292 38 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 355 304 39 9
PLAVIX 340 293 40 45
LOVAZA 340 238 40 112
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 339 217 10 42 307
CLONIDINE HCL 321 249 43 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 299 239 44 11
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 298 239 45 68
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 287 248 46 10
MECLIZINE HCL 282 257 47 125
MUPIROCIN 279 222 48 159
TAMSULOSIN HCL 278 254 49 29
VYTORIN 277 225 50 170
CELEBREX 272 221 51 89
LANTUS 264 198 52 44
ATENOLOL 255 198 53 28
VOLTAREN 255 225 53 182
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 253 193 55 19
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 249 199 56 147
DONEPEZIL HCL 248 243 57 30
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 245 157 58 105
GABAPENTIN 243 174 59 16
NAPROXEN 224 162 60 63
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 220 165 61 18
HUMALOG MIX 50-50 216 118 10 62 419
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 214 130 63 167
RANITIDINE HCL 206 178 64 47
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 205 165 65 91
SINGULAIR 199 134 66 83
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 197 161 67 60
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 193 141 68 199
LIPITOR 193 164 68 100
SERTRALINE HCL 192 160 70 26
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 192 176 70 75
HYDROXYZINE HCL 188 143 R 72 138
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 186 155 73 14
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 186 139 R 73 53
GLYBURIDE 184 146 R 75 59
GLIPIZIDE 180 148 76 49
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 179 126 77 41
EXFORGE 178 159 78 181
SURE COMFORT 178 146 78 282
CILOSTAZOL 178 155 78 176
METFORMIN HCL ER 172 132 81 51
TRILIPIX 170 124 82 150
CARVEDILOL 170 144 82 25
ALLOPURINOL 164 142 84 37
LUNESTA 164 127 84 287
ACTONEL 160 149 86 165
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 158 141 87 35
RAMIPRIL 157 119 88 76
ACTOS 152 127 89 87
NASONEX 151 110 90 171
DICYCLOMINE HCL 148 117 91 238
VICTOZA 3-PAK 144 104 92 345
BENICAR HCT 133 122 93 203
VICTOZA 2-PAK 131 72 10 94 361
NAMENDA 126 126 95 36
CITALOPRAM HBR 126 99 95 23
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 120 111 97 283
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 101 98 351
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 117 84 99 121
CYMBALTA 116 73 100 48
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 112 86 101 126
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 111 69 102 158
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 108 92 103 98
ONGLYZA 108 88 103 192
HYDRALAZINE HCL 101 75 105 99
VESICARE 101 90 105 166
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 101 66 105 117
FLUCONAZOLE 100 73 108 189
BYETTA 99 47 109 422
SPIRIVA 94 89 110 79
LEVEMIR 93 69 111 154
GLIPIZIDE ER 90 77 112 86
PROMETHAZINE HCL 90 62 R 112 93
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 90 80 112 172
TERBINAFINE HCL 87 63 115 323
BONIVA 85 83 116 314
LOVASTATIN 85 69 116 34
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 85 64 116 242
MEGESTROL ACETATE 84 81 R 119 145
BENICAR 84 60 119 168
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 71 119 32
BYSTOLIC 84 63 119 115
IN CONTROL PEN NEEDLE 83 55 10 123 487
LIDODERM 83 57 123 139
LEXAPRO 81 67 125 220
FAMOTIDINE 80 75 126 82
SPIRONOLACTONE 77 67 127 77
AZOR 75 60 128 399
DETROL LA 74 74 129 196
LABETALOL HCL 66 52 130 226
NOVOFINE 32 66 49 130 505
CEFDINIR 66 46 130 129
PAROXETINE HCL 66 56 130 78
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 65 52 R 134 230
DICLOFENAC POTASSIUM 65 54 134 247
GLIPIZIDE XL 63 61 136 184
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 41 137 62
EXFORGE HCT 56 41 138 293
PRANDIN 56 50 138 333
DILTIAZEM ER 54 49 140 179
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 31 141 70
PROAIR HFA 52 42 142 64
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 41 143 124
AVODART 50 41 144 172
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. 2, 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.