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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,868Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 117

$1.18M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 117

718 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%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

3% of this provider’s 718 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 718 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,457 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 813 792 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 765 763 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 719 711 S3 3 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 694 677 4 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 651 651 5 5
LISINOPRIL 650 643 6 6
NAMENDA 635 616 7 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 621 599 8 11
FUROSEMIDE 571 558 9 4
OMEPRAZOLE 560 548 10 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 437 437 11 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 427 427 12 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 399 389 13 17
CYMBALTA 323 323 14 27
GABAPENTIN 294 293 15 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 262 260 16 18
SERTRALINE HCL 260 260 17 16
CARVEDILOL 244 244 18 22
MIRTAZAPINE 227 227 19 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 219 211 20 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 205 205 21 32
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 205 205 21 37
TRAZODONE HCL 205 204 21 23
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 193 193 24 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 183 172 25 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 179 172 26 21
HYDRALAZINE HCL 177 177 27 50
TRAMADOL HCL 176 175 28 19
NEXIUM 174 174 29 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 167 167 30 26
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 161 150 31 29
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 159 158 32 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 159 150 32 33
FAMOTIDINE 156 156 34 49
DIOVAN 136 136 35 38
ATENOLOL 128 128 36 42
PREDNISONE 128 127 36 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 125 123 38 39
CLOPIDOGREL 124 118 39 30
CLONIDINE HCL 123 123 40 52
METFORMIN HCL 121 118 41 15
LANTUS 118 114 42 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 114 113 43 71
BUSPIRONE HCL 110 110 44 105
ALLOPURINOL 106 106 45 66
LEVETIRACETAM 104 92 46 46
DIGOXIN 95 95 47 45
EXELON 93 93 48 34
TRAVATAN Z 93 93 48 104
PLAVIX 92 85 50 41
LIDODERM 90 90 51 62
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 87 87 52 56
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 86 74 53 59
VESICARE 85 84 54 223
LEXAPRO 82 78 55 86
LEVOFLOXACIN 81 77 56 55
PREMARIN 81 81 R 56 169
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 79 75 58 24
SPIRONOLACTONE 79 72 58 69
CRESTOR 76 76 60 58
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 69 61 90
ZETIA 73 73 62 130
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 73 73 62 78
NUEDEXTA 69 62 64 152
ROPINIROLE HCL 69 69 64 89
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 68 68 66 166
RANITIDINE HCL 68 68 66 43
LYRICA 66 66 68 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 65 69 48
AGGRENOX 65 65 69 153
OLANZAPINE 64 64 71 67
GLIPIZIDE ER 63 63 72 143
LATANOPROST 61 61 73 84
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 60 60 74 83
CEFUROXIME 60 60 74 144
LIPITOR 59 57 76 131
HUMULIN R 58 58 77 109
NOVOLIN R 58 58 77 40
MUPIROCIN 57 57 79 113
SEROQUEL 57 57 79 57
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 56 81 72
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 55 81 79
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 54 83 94
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 54 84 121
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 53 39 85 96
HUMALOG 51 51 86 137
NOVOLIN 70-30 50 40 87 165
GLYBURIDE 50 50 R 87 108
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 18, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.