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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,981Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1631 out of 4623

$392K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1139 out of 4623

286 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
44%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

28% of this provider’s 286 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 2,256 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 374 156 S3 1 3
LISINOPRIL 220 113 2 4
METFORMIN HCL 158 101 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 139 66 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 139 61 4 2
NEXIUM 124 39 6 17
FUROSEMIDE 117 45 7 8
OMEPRAZOLE 109 57 8 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 28 9 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 92 59 10 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 92 41 10 9
GABAPENTIN 88 27 12 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 58 13 13
CYMBALTA 69 18 14 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 69 48 14 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 67 44 16 32
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 62 20 17 206
PROAIR HFA 58 29 18 64
RANITIDINE HCL 57 27 19 47
SERTRALINE HCL 56 41 20 26
TRAZODONE HCL 55 14 21 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 53 43 22 12
AZITHROMYCIN 51 24 23 33
PREDNISONE 51 30 23 50
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 April 30, 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.