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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,646Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 117

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 117

801 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 801 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 801 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,462 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
SIMVASTATIN 859 786 1 2
LISINOPRIL 611 552 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 550 471 3 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 481 351 S3 4 3
METFORMIN HCL 432 378 5 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 431 399 6 32
OMEPRAZOLE 429 378 7 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 370 334 8 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 364 327 9 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 349 303 10 21
FUROSEMIDE 286 271 11 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 283 251 12 28
NIASPAN 251 241 13 193
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 247 220 14 26
GLIPIZIDE 236 211 15 51
CRESTOR 204 178 16 58
GABAPENTIN 199 141 17 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 187 154 18 18
ATENOLOL 175 156 19 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 162 116 20 24
TRAMADOL HCL 156 145 21 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 148 132 22 44
WARFARIN SODIUM 148 126 22 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 144 129 24 71
CARVEDILOL 135 130 25 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 135 110 25 17
PROAIR HFA 130 111 27 151
SPIRONOLACTONE 114 97 28 69
BUPROPION HCL SR 112 81 29 183
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 109 95 30 33
SPIRIVA 106 98 31 80
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 103 93 32 56
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 96 32 106
AZITHROMYCIN 94 72 34 64
RANITIDINE HCL 91 75 35 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 90 73 36 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 88 81 37 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 68 38 90
CYMBALTA 82 53 39 27
PREDNISONE 81 71 40 47
INSULIN SYRINGE 81 69 40 138
TRAZODONE HCL 78 48 42 23
FENOFIBRATE 78 74 42 118
PLAVIX 78 60 42 41
LOVASTATIN 77 69 45 92
ALLOPURINOL 75 71 46 66
CLOPIDOGREL 74 61 47 30
MIRTAZAPINE 71 62 48 14
NEXIUM 70 53 49 36
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 70 57 49 94
LANTUS 69 54 51 25
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 69 52 R 51 110
HYDRALAZINE HCL 68 64 53 50
CLONIDINE HCL 68 62 53 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 68 68 53 10
CALCITONIN-SALMON 67 64 56 181
NAMENDA 63 55 57 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 58 58 31
ACTONEL 58 57 59 171
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 54 35 60 72
TIZANIDINE HCL 52 16 61 234
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 26 R 62 77
FELODIPINE ER 50 50 63 197
FLUOXETINE HCL 50 45 63 95
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 Jan. 30, 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.