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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,368Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 823

$392K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 137 out of 823

286 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,158 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$62 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
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 455 443 1 49
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 335 332 2 6
CRESTOR 250 243 3 20
FUROSEMIDE 222 215 4 7
CLOPIDOGREL 191 180 5 16
DIGOXIN 189 182 6 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 173 164 7 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 152 152 8 3
TRILIPIX 146 146 9 205
NEXIUM 140 128 10 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 132 127 11 9
NITROSTAT 129 115 12 139
DIOVAN HCT 123 123 13 79
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 116 116 14 22
ZETIA 113 113 15 100
PLAVIX 108 102 16 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 96 96 17 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 85 82 18 18
JANUVIA 85 83 18 70
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 80 80 20 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 73 21 17
LABETALOL HCL 74 74 22 160
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 73 23 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 73 73 23 81
DIOVAN 73 73 23 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 71 70 26 42
NAMENDA 70 70 27 28
MELOXICAM 64 64 28 27
SIMVASTATIN 61 61 29 2
ACTONEL 58 58 30 228
TAMSULOSIN HCL 57 57 31 21
LIPITOR 56 56 32 128
BYSTOLIC 56 56 32 98
JANTOVEN 55 50 34 263
OMEPRAZOLE 53 53 35 5
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. 4, 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.