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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,358Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 823

$511K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 90 out of 823

311 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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

28% of this provider’s 311 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,299 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

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 439 163 S3 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 253 160 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 226 155 3 6
FUROSEMIDE 221 127 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 168 113 5 5
TRAMADOL HCL 163 79 6 15
GABAPENTIN 153 78 7 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 149 108 8 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 146 99 9 9
METFORMIN HCL 140 104 10 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 75 11 29
CARVEDILOL 120 81 12 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 118 95 13 23
SIMVASTATIN 113 66 14 2
LISINOPRIL 111 69 15 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 94 68 16 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 86 69 17 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 46 17 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 44 19 26
CRESTOR 83 53 19 20
LYRICA 79 38 21 58
MELOXICAM 78 41 22 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 46 22 13
BENAZEPRIL HCL 76 37 24 193
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 69 26 R 25 63
GLIMEPIRIDE 69 53 25 51
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 57 27 42
PREDNISONE 64 49 28 31
METFORMIN HCL ER 63 27 29 94
CITALOPRAM HBR 61 33 30 34
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 30 31 39
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 35 32 142
ALLOPURINOL 53 45 33 61
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 40 34 316
NEXIUM 52 23 34 10
AGGRENOX 51 48 36 239
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 1, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.