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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,509Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 823

$1.79M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 823

330 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61%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

11% of this provider’s 330 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,503 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

44% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$276 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
LISINOPRIL 362 241 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 275 265 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 237 162 3 6
TRICOR 186 72 4 150
KALETRA 185 37 5 333
TRUVADA 176 24 6 253
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 167 120 7 3
NEXIUM 162 77 8 10
NORVIR 143 24 9 244
ISENTRESS 142 22 10 288
METFORMIN HCL 111 67 11 14
OMEPRAZOLE 111 82 11 5
TRAMADOL HCL 108 74 13 15
GLIPIZIDE 108 50 13 105
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 106 22 15 23
PREZISTA 100 12 16 300
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 99 68 17 13
EPZICOM 98 23 18 325
CRESTOR 88 37 19 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 44 S3 20 1
LOVAZA 82 12 21 117
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 78 25 22 17
METFORMIN HCL ER 76 66 23 94
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 62 24 9
SERTRALINE HCL 73 58 25 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 50 26 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 63 60 27 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 49 28 42
ATRIPLA 61 0 29 407
GEMFIBROZIL 60 11 30 235
INVANZ 56 33 31 498
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 25 32 91
AMOXICILLIN 53 27 32 207
MELOXICAM 52 26 34 27
FUROSEMIDE 52 49 34 7
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 13, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.