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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,999Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 823

$781K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 823

553 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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

3% of this provider’s 553 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,829 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$98 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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
LISINOPRIL 527 461 1 4
CARVEDILOL 343 296 2 12
CLOPIDOGREL 285 246 3 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 282 231 4 23
PLAVIX 250 204 5 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 237 211 6 3
SIMVASTATIN 230 188 7 2
DIGOXIN 211 181 8 33
FUROSEMIDE 179 142 9 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 169 150 10 18
SPIRONOLACTONE 166 149 11 72
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 159 148 12 13
ALLOPURINOL 139 128 13 61
SOTALOL 136 115 14 133
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 127 104 15 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 114 104 16 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 98 17 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 112 89 18 11
ZETIA 96 75 19 100
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 95 78 20 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 94 86 21 138
ATENOLOL 92 81 22 47
LOVAZA 92 76 22 117
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 88 77 24 6
DIOVAN 83 75 25 35
CILOSTAZOL 83 75 25 146
METFORMIN HCL 76 56 27 14
EFFIENT 73 61 28 224
PRADAXA 70 60 29 179
AMIODARONE HCL 70 66 29 106
TIKOSYN 69 65 31 463
CRESTOR 68 59 32 20
NITROSTAT 65 44 33 139
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 64 52 34 17
VYTORIN 61 58 35 234
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 43 S3 36 1
XARELTO 55 55 37 262
OMEPRAZOLE 53 44 38 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 49 39 29
LIPITOR 51 42 39 128
GABAPENTIN 50 48 41 8
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 Sept. 14, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.