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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,636Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 823

$315K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 190 out of 823

262 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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

31% of this provider’s 262 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 4,821 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 395 190 S3 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 311 228 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 290 209 3 2
LISINOPRIL 288 200 4 4
METFORMIN HCL 258 230 5 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 241 160 6 6
OMEPRAZOLE 220 175 7 5
FUROSEMIDE 198 155 8 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 130 104 9 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 93 10 29
GABAPENTIN 110 57 11 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 103 99 12 24
CARVEDILOL 98 76 13 12
SERTRALINE HCL 80 54 14 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 22 15 39
NAPROXEN 71 49 16 93
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 34 17 26
GLYBURIDE 68 54 R 17 150
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68 39 17 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 67 52 20 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 56 21 21
NEXIUM 64 53 22 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 64 48 22 13
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 24 R 22 63
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 62 44 25 22
AZITHROMYCIN 61 44 26 48
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 43 27 68
PREDNISONE 50 35 28 31
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.