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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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44,085Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 117

$3.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 117

760 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%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

5% of this provider’s 760 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 760 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 38,789 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

58 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 26.


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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 1,739 1,620 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,718 1,515 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 1,580 1,420 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,199 1,055 4 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,097 959 S3 5 3
NAMENDA 1,074 1,044 6 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 927 893 7 10
MIRTAZAPINE 914 871 8 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 896 866 9 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 868 751 10 13
LISINOPRIL 854 765 11 6
OMEPRAZOLE 802 706 12 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 696 642 13 11
LANTUS 640 512 14 25
GABAPENTIN 568 465 15 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 567 535 16 20
CYMBALTA 560 531 17 27
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 509 463 18 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 489 415 19 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 476 446 20 56
SERTRALINE HCL 467 434 21 16
METFORMIN HCL 450 353 22 15
EXELON 449 439 23 34
CARVEDILOL 388 357 24 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 380 338 25 18
TRAZODONE HCL 366 308 26 23
RISPERIDONE 360 325 27 35
NOVOLOG 358 282 28 60
KLOR-CON M20 348 302 29 54
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 321 313 30 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 317 304 31 26
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 316 284 32 29
LIDODERM 310 280 33 62
TRAMADOL HCL 300 246 34 19
ABILIFY 297 246 35 75
NOVOLIN R 283 253 36 40
LEVETIRACETAM 260 195 37 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 260 237 37 31
PATANOL 252 230 39 112
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 249 209 40 61
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 247 231 R 41 97
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 243 215 42 21
LATANOPROST 238 223 43 84
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 232 207 44 93
DIOVAN 231 231 45 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 231 196 45 17
CLOPIDOGREL 230 203 47 30
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 223 195 48 68
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 222 185 49 59
PREDNISONE 219 204 50 47
SEROQUEL 218 214 51 57
HYDRALAZINE HCL 212 178 52 50
DIGOXIN 210 210 53 45
FAMOTIDINE 208 171 54 49
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 205 196 55 33
OLANZAPINE 205 167 55 67
HUMALOG 203 183 57 137
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 199 178 58 44
RANITIDINE HCL 195 181 59 43
LACTULOSE 193 155 60 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 188 147 61 71
CLONIDINE HCL 187 153 62 52
BACLOFEN 185 104 63 74
RAMIPRIL 184 178 64 63
SPIRONOLACTONE 182 131 65 69
NITROFURANTOIN 181 172 66 148
ALLOPURINOL 175 146 67 66
PLAVIX 162 146 68 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 157 130 69 39
FENTANYL 154 140 S2 70 103
MEGESTROL ACETATE 152 146 R 71 135
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 150 137 72 32
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 150 140 72 48
PROMETHAZINE HCL 146 117 R 74 77
AGGRENOX 145 132 75 153
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 143 125 76 91
ACTONEL 138 138 77 171
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 136 102 78 83
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 133 129 79 167
CEPHALEXIN 132 122 80 123
LYRICA 131 115 81 73
GLIPIZIDE 130 124 82 51
BUDESONIDE 128 116 83 195
PAROXETINE HCL 127 100 84 82
CEFTRIAXONE 125 114 85 129
ZETIA 121 108 86 130
ATENOLOL 121 121 86 42
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 115 84 88 78
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 115 98 88 85
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 112 62 90 96
LEVOFLOXACIN 112 100 90 55
HUMULIN R 109 91 92 109
SPIRIVA 109 108 92 80
JANUVIA 107 79 94 88
PRIMIDONE 103 81 95 179
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 96 95 28
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 102 78 97 117
FENOFIBRATE 100 73 98 118
CLOTRIMAZOLE 99 64 99 270
FLUOXETINE HCL 97 86 100 95
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 97 93 100 79
VENLAFAXINE HCL 97 73 100 140
TOPIRAMATE 97 40 100 160
LEXAPRO 95 85 104 86
LEVEMIR 93 66 105 107
SINGULAIR 90 80 106 99
RESTASIS 90 85 106 190
VALPROIC ACID 89 89 108 147
NYSTATIN 87 65 109 81
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 87 67 109 102
SANTYL 85 80 111 100
GALANTAMINE HBR 84 84 112 246
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 84 53 R 112 110
LIDOCAINE HCL 84 75 112 125
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 83 71 115 168
RENVELA 81 59 116 163
SYMBICORT 81 67 116 205
NIFEDIPINE ER 79 61 118 116
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 78 41 119 121
KLOR-CON M10 78 78 119 76
ROPINIROLE HCL 76 76 121 89
DETROL LA 75 66 122 146
TRICOR 75 65 122 119
SEROQUEL XR 75 63 122 189
CARAFATE 74 49 125 242
LOVAZA 70 70 126 164
LOVASTATIN 70 60 126 92
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 69 69 128 277
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 69 53 128 72
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 69 31 128 254
TRAVATAN Z 68 63 131 104
CLONIDINE 67 53 132 136
NUEDEXTA 67 65 132 152
TERAZOSIN HCL 66 56 134 178
AMIODARONE HCL 66 66 134 98
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 65 65 136 220
CALCITRIOL 62 56 137 253
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 62 61 137 100
CALCIUM ACETATE 62 29 137 209
DILANTIN 62 50 137 260
PRADAXA 61 61 141 185
ONDANSETRON HCL 60 24 142 202
CRESTOR 60 49 142 58
CELEBREX 59 58 144 134
NEXIUM 59 54 144 36
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 58 49 146 133
AMITIZA 58 34 146 255
LUMIGAN 57 52 148 251
MUPIROCIN 55 45 149 113
MELOXICAM 55 47 149 70
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 55 43 149 132
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54 51 152 158
ASACOL 54 54 152 298
CILOSTAZOL 53 53 154 139
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 53 154 124
GENERLAC 52 29 156 141
AZITHROMYCIN 52 45 156 64
METOLAZONE 51 49 158 258
OXCARBAZEPINE 50 49 159 180
FLUCONAZOLE 50 39 159 198
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 22, 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.