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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,095Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 823

$931K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 823

419 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

6% of this provider’s 419 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 419 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 8,601 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 728 346 S3 1 1
TRAMADOL HCL 474 344 2 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 465 365 3 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 398 309 4 39
FUROSEMIDE 287 211 5 7
GABAPENTIN 271 198 6 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 256 218 7 6
OMEPRAZOLE 256 192 7 5
CARVEDILOL 248 214 9 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 242 226 10 24
NAMENDA 240 226 11 28
CARISOPRODOL 225 24 R 12 36
METFORMIN HCL 223 161 13 14
CLOPIDOGREL 197 165 14 16
LISINOPRIL 185 162 15 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 170 145 16 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 165 118 17 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 144 102 18 22
SPIRIVA 139 106 19 64
SUBOXONE 136 46 20 209
CYMBALTA 134 74 21 40
NEXIUM 126 82 22 10
PLAVIX 123 108 23 25
GLIMEPIRIDE 118 89 24 51
AZITHROMYCIN 117 80 25 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 115 115 26 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 114 90 27 3
BACLOFEN 104 52 28 90
ATELVIA 103 90 29 240
TRAZODONE HCL 101 79 30 43
AGGRENOX 94 75 31 239
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 94 81 31 49
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 92 62 33 11
FAMOTIDINE 89 89 34 116
LYRICA 86 36 35 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 62 36 42
SYMBICORT 80 58 37 180
ALLOPURINOL 77 47 38 61
SEROQUEL XR 77 31 38 223
BYSTOLIC 72 50 40 98
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 71 65 41 30
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 70 32 42 299
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 67 49 43 328
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 66 56 44 9
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 66 64 44 99
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 42 46 101
CRESTOR 63 54 46 20
SERTRALINE HCL 62 49 48 38
RIFAMPIN 61 39 49 400
SIMVASTATIN 60 41 50 2
BUSPIRONE HCL 58 24 51 170
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 56 52 26
DALIRESP 56 29 52 376
WARFARIN SODIUM 56 37 52 18
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56 56 52 44
AMIODARONE HCL 55 36 56 106
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 55 35 56 110
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 54 58 57
EXELON 54 54 58 102
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 31 58 181
METFORMIN HCL ER 54 41 58 94
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 44 62 68
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 47 R 62 241
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 43 62 32
RANITIDINE HCL 51 14 65 74
SODIUM CHLORIDE 50 20 66 420
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 June 29, 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.