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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,482Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1156 out of 4623

$459K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 868 out of 4623

443 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 443 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 443 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,529 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 334 162 S3 1 3
LISINOPRIL 272 219 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 244 192 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 161 138 4 8
OMEPRAZOLE 153 117 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 147 136 6 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 99 7 30
SIMVASTATIN 117 112 8 2
GABAPENTIN 115 76 9 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 107 71 10 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 100 86 11 23
NAMENDA 97 97 12 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 97 80 12 14
TRAMADOL HCL 94 68 14 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 93 79 15 9
TRAZODONE HCL 83 54 16 42
TIZANIDINE HCL 74 12 17 111
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73 62 18 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 72 49 19 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 62 42 20 11
CYMBALTA 62 32 20 48
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 62 47 20 12
SERTRALINE HCL 62 51 20 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 56 20 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 50 25 62
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 29 26 32
BACLOFEN 54 15 27 133
LYRICA 54 22 27 66
CARISOPRODOL 52 0 R 29 71
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 March 6, 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.