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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,606Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 297 out of 4623

$721K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 338 out of 4623

921 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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

15% of this provider’s 921 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 10,103 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

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 504 413 1 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 432 363 2 11
LISINOPRIL 379 311 3 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 364 251 S3 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 361 284 5 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 326 247 6 18
METFORMIN HCL 313 260 7 6
OMEPRAZOLE 259 207 8 7
GABAPENTIN 251 182 9 16
FUROSEMIDE 251 211 9 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 220 164 11 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 211 191 12 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 182 164 13 22
ALLOPURINOL 165 140 14 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 153 128 15 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 152 96 16 23
ATENOLOL 148 135 17 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 146 135 18 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 114 19 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140 95 20 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 136 103 21 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 135 120 22 9
LOVASTATIN 131 126 23 34
CARVEDILOL 129 104 24 25
CRESTOR 125 114 25 20
SYNTHROID 123 117 26 73
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 120 96 27 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 115 101 28 29
TRAMADOL HCL 113 82 29 15
NEXIUM 109 78 30 17
AZITHROMYCIN 100 79 31 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 98 86 32 30
ESTRADIOL 96 70 R 33 130
VERAPAMIL ER 90 90 34 96
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 90 72 34 218
MELOXICAM 87 77 36 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 86 68 37 35
TRAZODONE HCL 85 56 38 42
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 67 38 62
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 81 21 40 132
SINGULAIR 80 60 41 83
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 80 72 41 80
GLYBURIDE 79 77 R 43 59
CYMBALTA 78 73 44 48
SERTRALINE HCL 76 59 45 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 65 46 32
CLOPIDOGREL 68 62 47 31
PLAVIX 66 61 48 45
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 42 49 68
LOVAZA 63 46 50 112
PREMARIN 60 41 R 51 140
PAROXETINE HCL 60 44 51 78
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 23 53 108
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 35 54 61
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58 51 54 158
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 31 R 56 53
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 44 R 57 69
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 51 58 21
QUINAPRIL HCL 55 48 58 157
DIOVAN HCT 55 46 58 67
GEMFIBROZIL 54 41 61 94
FLUCONAZOLE 52 40 62 189
SPIRIVA 52 44 62 79
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 42 64 55
LYRICA 51 32 64 66
CLONIDINE HCL 51 38 64 40
FENOFIBRATE 51 46 64 54
DIOVAN 50 47 68 39
GLIPIZIDE 50 49 68 49
BENICAR HCT 50 31 68 203
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 31 68 77
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 Dec. 10, 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.