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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,902Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 679 out of 4623

$441K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 920 out of 4623

546 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

19% of this provider’s 546 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,094 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 523 253 S3 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 459 310 2 2
METFORMIN HCL 396 268 3 6
LISINOPRIL 343 273 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 255 203 5 1
TRAMADOL HCL 251 161 6 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 184 165 7 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 177 120 8 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 173 91 9 18
NEXIUM 170 114 10 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 167 104 11 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 159 113 12 13
OMEPRAZOLE 152 122 13 7
FUROSEMIDE 143 97 14 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 128 88 15 9
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 121 53 R 16 53
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 59 17 19
GABAPENTIN 102 60 18 16
GLIPIZIDE 101 51 19 49
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 101 66 19 75
CITALOPRAM HBR 87 67 21 23
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 81 58 22 103
AZITHROMYCIN 76 57 23 33
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 72 72 24 156
LYRICA 71 51 25 66
SERTRALINE HCL 71 45 25 26
CLOPIDOGREL 70 44 27 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 69 60 28 24
NAPROXEN 66 23 29 63
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 63 29 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 65 56 31 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 64 39 32 11
ATENOLOL 64 48 32 28
MELOXICAM 62 61 34 27
PROMETHAZINE HCL 58 0 R 35 93
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 58 47 R 35 56
DIGOXIN 57 47 37 58
CRESTOR 56 30 38 20
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 56 36 38 103
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 36 40 68
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 29 R 41 69
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 48 41 29
CARISOPRODOL 52 0 R 41 71
LANTUS 50 34 44 44
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. 18, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.