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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,870Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 117

$685K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 117

222 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

16% of this provider’s 222 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 6,774 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 342 274 1 20
SIMVASTATIN 306 240 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 306 279 2 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 302 241 4 8
FUROSEMIDE 276 209 5 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 244 213 6 10
NAMENDA 210 184 7 7
MIRTAZAPINE 205 182 8 14
METFORMIN HCL 199 166 9 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 198 172 10 5
TRAZODONE HCL 187 152 11 23
LISINOPRIL 182 149 12 6
LANTUS 178 136 13 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 175 109 14 11
SERTRALINE HCL 142 122 15 16
CYMBALTA 139 93 16 27
SEROQUEL 138 116 17 57
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 127 89 18 37
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 118 79 S3 19 3
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 117 90 R 20 97
NOVOLOG 110 91 21 60
GABAPENTIN 107 73 22 12
HUMALOG 101 70 23 137
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 101 69 23 21
LATANOPROST 100 75 25 84
ABILIFY 97 62 26 75
RISPERIDONE 97 56 26 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 97 69 26 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 84 84 29 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 81 70 30 33
EXELON 79 74 31 34
JANUVIA 73 60 32 88
CLOPIDOGREL 72 57 33 30
CARVEDILOL 69 41 34 22
OMEPRAZOLE 66 55 35 9
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 65 52 36 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 45 37 31
LEVETIRACETAM 62 45 38 46
DETROL LA 61 42 39 146
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 46 40 69
CLONIDINE HCL 57 57 41 52
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 38 42 28
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.