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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Adult Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,637Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 59

$856K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 59

472 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 472 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 472 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,428 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 638 617 1 3
NAMENDA 495 478 2 29
FUROSEMIDE 477 454 3 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 425 372 S3 4 5
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 393 376 5 46
OMEPRAZOLE 392 344 6 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 364 361 7 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 305 292 8 25
SIMVASTATIN 293 264 9 1
SERTRALINE HCL 269 258 10 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 260 238 11 9
LISINOPRIL 249 231 12 2
GALANTAMINE HBR 215 215 13 128
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 209 197 14 34
GABAPENTIN 205 181 15 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 199 182 16 75
MIRTAZAPINE 190 185 17 41
RISPERIDONE 187 181 18 56
TRAMADOL HCL 180 180 19 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 179 156 20 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 174 165 21 16
EXELON 172 172 22 94
WARFARIN SODIUM 165 147 23 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 160 156 24 27
METFORMIN HCL 150 136 25 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 143 115 26 17
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 139 129 27 76
TRAZODONE HCL 132 109 28 50
SEROQUEL 120 116 29 90
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 115 113 30 33
MELOXICAM 113 110 31 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 113 111 31 12
NITROFURANTOIN 106 101 33 145
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 101 101 34 15
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 100 91 35 36
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 98 79 36 62
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 97 95 37 60
CLOPIDOGREL 92 81 38 35
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 85 85 39 82
SPIRIVA 85 78 39 78
DIGOXIN 83 83 41 64
SPIRONOLACTONE 81 81 42 81
CYMBALTA 80 69 43 57
ATENOLOL 75 73 44 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 72 68 45 19
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 68 46 131
GLIPIZIDE ER 68 53 47 70
OLANZAPINE 68 47 47 150
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 67 67 49 141
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 66 66 50 208
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 64 50 11
PAROXETINE HCL 64 52 52 88
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 63 58 53 20
PREDNISONE 62 59 54 40
ZOSTAVAX 62 57 54 111
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 58 58 56 122
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 56 51 57 21
KLOR-CON M10 55 55 58 154
CARVEDILOL 55 55 58 31
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 45 60 84
AZITHROMYCIN 54 50 60 32
FAMOTIDINE 53 53 62 66
HALOPERIDOL 53 52 62 231
NEXIUM 53 48 62 14
FENTANYL 53 49 S2 62 138
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 51 24 66 139
LOVASTATIN 50 38 67 43
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 Jan. 27, 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.