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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,159Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 823

$727K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 55 out of 823

647 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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

18% of this provider’s 647 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,221 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 695 613 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 655 588 2 2
LISINOPRIL 560 479 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 421 384 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 413 388 5 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 410 330 S3 6 1
OMEPRAZOLE 369 300 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 363 327 8 11
METFORMIN HCL 353 298 9 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 288 238 10 13
TRAMADOL HCL 248 198 11 15
CARVEDILOL 238 195 12 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 209 198 13 18
GABAPENTIN 176 155 14 8
AZITHROMYCIN 173 153 15 48
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 164 136 16 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 162 141 17 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 152 145 18 22
NEXIUM 151 104 19 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 137 132 20 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 133 122 21 9
CRESTOR 126 117 22 20
RAMIPRIL 121 121 23 69
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 111 24 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 119 119 25 24
AMOXICILLIN 119 92 25 207
GLIMEPIRIDE 117 104 27 51
NAMENDA 115 107 28 28
CLOPIDOGREL 114 90 29 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 113 102 30 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 112 77 31 17
LIPITOR 110 104 32 128
ALLOPURINOL 109 95 33 61
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 94 33 316
BENAZEPRIL HCL 108 95 35 193
FENOFIBRATE 107 85 36 152
SERTRALINE HCL 107 88 36 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 101 82 38 49
MELOXICAM 98 83 39 27
TRAZODONE HCL 97 75 40 43
PLAVIX 90 76 41 25
CLONIDINE HCL 89 63 42 41
PREDNISONE 89 80 42 31
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 86 79 44 73
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 81 45 42
CYMBALTA 82 82 46 40
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 81 71 47 62
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 79 78 48 26
VENTOLIN HFA 78 51 49 242
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 77 70 50 99
TAMSULOSIN HCL 76 69 51 21
EXELON 75 75 52 102
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 64 53 68
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 69 63 R 54 89
PROAIR HFA 69 54 54 131
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 58 56 30
ATENOLOL 64 61 57 47
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 54 58 92
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 59 57 59 81
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 50 60 389
JANUVIA 58 28 60 70
NIFEDIPINE ER 57 56 62 97
TRICOR 56 52 63 150
DIOVAN 56 49 63 35
DIOVAN HCT 55 51 65 79
ZETIA 50 47 66 100
LOVASTATIN 50 50 66 132
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.