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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Legal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,239Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 29

$1.21M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 29

864 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

6% of this provider’s 864 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

34% of this provider’s 864 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,977 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

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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 1,057 592 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,001 654 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 571 437 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 562 419 4 5
LISINOPRIL 440 307 5 6
METFORMIN HCL 432 265 6 4
MELOXICAM 431 315 7 21
FUROSEMIDE 425 317 8 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 372 282 9 13
SIMVASTATIN 365 260 10 3
GABAPENTIN 339 190 11 16
PREDNISONE 313 196 12 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 297 169 13 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 291 226 14 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 279 183 15 14
BENAZEPRIL HCL 275 193 16 44
AZITHROMYCIN 243 154 17 28
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 235 154 18 31
TIZANIDINE HCL 232 96 19 68
SERTRALINE HCL 227 116 20 26
METHADONE HCL 218 33 S2 21 63
NEXIUM 207 75 22 12
PAROXETINE HCL 169 144 23 98
TRAMADOL HCL 161 110 24 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 155 99 25 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 145 105 26 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 143 143 27 18
CLONIDINE HCL 142 87 28 61
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 139 87 R 29 83
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 138 93 30 84
BYSTOLIC 136 61 31 89
BACLOFEN 132 55 32 76
CLOPIDOGREL 130 79 33 38
NAMENDA 128 115 34 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 127 99 35 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 124 105 36 39
AMOXICILLIN 121 58 37 72
SINGULAIR 115 73 38 82
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 112 36 R 39 55
DIOVAN 109 107 40 43
ATENOLOL 108 64 41 27
PROAIR HFA 108 64 41 77
TRAZODONE HCL 107 58 43 56
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 105 74 44 9
CYMBALTA 105 52 44 80
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 103 91 46 52
ZETIA 102 67 47 78
PLAVIX 102 68 47 62
CRESTOR 101 65 49 23
DIGOXIN 100 67 50 70
LYRICA 100 25 50 53
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 70 50 30
RISPERIDONE 99 76 53 122
GLIPIZIDE 97 73 54 41
LOVASTATIN 97 83 54 59
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 94 63 56 34
GEMFIBROZIL 94 65 56 126
LEVOFLOXACIN 93 59 58 67
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 93 62 58 17
ADVAIR DISKUS 93 43 58 107
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 53 61 25
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 89 56 62 54
CARVEDILOL 88 56 63 35
ALLOPURINOL 85 57 64 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 82 52 65 64
GLYBURIDE 78 55 R 66 40
METRONIDAZOLE 78 45 66 136
LANTUS 78 48 66 47
PROMETHAZINE HCL 78 37 R 66 57
FENTANYL 74 35 S2 70 99
LUNESTA 71 31 71 143
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 70 43 72 145
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 34 73 74
CEPHALEXIN 67 37 74 60
SPIRIVA 67 33 74 148
FLUCONAZOLE 67 29 74 148
LEVETIRACETAM 66 33 77 110
EXFORGE 66 35 77 111
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 40 79 48
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 65 64 79 10
MEGESTROL ACETATE 63 49 R 81 80
NYSTATIN 62 40 82 157
EXELON 61 51 83 115
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 60 32 84 163
IBUPROFEN 60 22 84 97
PROPRANOLOL HCL 60 19 84 163
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 43 87 46
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 43 88 66
SUBOXONE 56 17 89 169
TRICOR 55 44 90 69
FLUOXETINE HCL 55 26 90 101
SYMBICORT 54 39 92 177
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 27 93 85
PREMARIN 53 41 R 93 180
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 52 41 95 31
BUSPIRONE HCL 51 24 96 189
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 38 97 79
JANUVIA 50 27 97 74
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 16, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.