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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,159Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 286

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 286

722 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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

2% of this provider’s 722 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 5,208 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

44% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 48%.

Prescription Price

$142 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $149 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 789 573 1 1
SYNTHROID 470 380 2 2
METFORMIN HCL 319 246 3 3
LANTUS 313 221 4 6
HUMULIN N 294 249 5 27
INSULIN SYRINGE 247 150 6 9
PEN NEEDLE 236 152 7 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 230 176 8 19
LISINOPRIL 210 168 9 11
SIMVASTATIN 203 167 10 8
NOVOLOG 198 98 11 16
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 186 108 12 5
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 171 92 13 13
METHIMAZOLE 168 119 14 24
GLYBURIDE 159 134 R 15 49
NOVOLIN N 146 109 16 60
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 121 99 R 17 44
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 110 100 18 22
GLIPIZIDE 101 80 19 31
HUMALOG 100 74 20 10
FUROSEMIDE 99 75 21 30
GABAPENTIN 84 69 22 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 78 63 23 25
LEVEMIR 73 38 24 33
JANUVIA 71 71 25 12
NATEGLINIDE 66 65 26 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 62 45 27 15
DIOVAN 53 44 28 57
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 41 29 18
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 March 9, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.