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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,195Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 647 out of 4623

$801K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 268 out of 4623

313 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
15%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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

5% of this provider’s 313 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 1,089 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$87 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
NEXIUM 428 35 1 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 389 41 2 1
LEVETIRACETAM 351 61 3 114
OMEPRAZOLE 301 32 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 273 54 5 2
CARBAMAZEPINE 271 23 6 180
TOPIRAMATE 251 0 7 197
RISPERIDONE 249 19 8 72
FORTICAL 213 11 9 284
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 208 0 10 148
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 187 55 11 22
ABILIFY 163 30 12 161
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 160 0 13 90
LAMOTRIGINE 150 23 14 227
LISINOPRIL 149 22 15 4
BACLOFEN 140 0 16 133
OLANZAPINE 125 13 17 127
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 118 15 18 12
VALPROIC ACID 113 0 19 229
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 113 16 19 74
LITHIUM CARBONATE 104 12 21 349
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 97 0 22 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 20 22 29
ATENOLOL 95 0 24 28
CLONIDINE HCL 94 24 25 40
FUROSEMIDE 92 16 26 8
METFORMIN HCL 89 0 27 6
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 86 0 R 28 141
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 86 11 28 126
MIRTAZAPINE 84 0 30 57
LACTULOSE 83 0 31 106
DETROL LA 83 23 31 196
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 80 34 33 5
DILANTIN 78 15 34 244
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 76 11 35 75
SEROQUEL 74 14 36 149
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 70 13 37 119
VIMPAT 70 0 37 265
OXCARBAZEPINE 70 0 37 290
FAMOTIDINE 68 0 40 82
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 67 0 41 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 65 14 42 23
RAMIPRIL 60 0 43 76
SERTRALINE HCL 57 19 44 26
PRIMIDONE 57 0 44 260
VESICARE 55 13 46 166
LOVASTATIN 53 20 47 34
GABAPENTIN 51 0 48 16
GEMFIBROZIL 50 18 49 94
TRILIPIX 50 0 49 150
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 Aug. 8, 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.