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Prescriber Checkup

HECTOR LOPEZ M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,280Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 4623

$34.1K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4429 out of 4623

417 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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

5% of this provider’s 417 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 417 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,732 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$2 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

53 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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
ASPIRIN EC 938 885 10 1 228
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 793 708 2 41
OYSTER SHELL CALCIUM W-VIT D 724 667 10 3 261
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 600 585 4 1
LOVASTATIN 594 525 5 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 562 547 6 24
OMEPRAZOLE 542 494 7 7
MULTIVITAMINS 469 446 10 8 259
GABAPENTIN 463 416 9 16
SENNA 463 442 10 9 299
MAPAP 388 383 10 11 256
FERROUS SULFATE 387 383 10 12 319
SERTRALINE HCL 374 347 13 26
FUROSEMIDE 353 352 14 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 335 302 S3 15 3
NAMENDA 333 331 16 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 326 326 17 21
MULTILEX-T-M WITH MINERALS 323 310 10 18 274
TAMSULOSIN HCL 321 300 19 29
DOK 307 277 20 305
SIMVASTATIN 291 258 21 2
METAMUCIL 284 262 10 22 338
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 282 263 23 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 263 262 24 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 257 215 25 22
METFORMIN HCL ER 250 193 26 51
NOVOLIN N 238 224 27 237
CLOPIDOGREL 236 203 28 31
FELODIPINE ER 231 192 29 174
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 186 30 10
TRAMADOL HCL 212 201 31 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 204 198 32 35
LORATADINE 192 179 33 327
MIRTAZAPINE 187 187 34 57
OMEGA-3 172 149 10 35 330
PAROXETINE HCL 172 138 35 78
PLAVIX 171 160 37 45
METFORMIN HCL 162 147 38 6
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 149 149 39 74
FINASTERIDE 136 129 40 109
LACTULOSE 135 133 41 106
DONEPEZIL HCL 128 128 42 30
LISINOPRIL 128 124 42 4
VITAMIN A & D 125 119 10 44 355
CEFUROXIME 120 115 45 152
RANITIDINE HCL 119 105 46 47
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 118 112 47 216
DIABETIC TUSSIN DM 116 109 10 48 413
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 116 116 48 5
KLOR-CON M20 113 112 50 102
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110 73 51 18
LANTUS 105 84 52 44
ARTIFICIAL TEARS 102 102 53 402
VITAMIN B-12 101 101 54 409
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 101 87 54 32
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 99 91 R 56 69
DOC-Q-LACE 97 87 57 394
TRAZODONE HCL 95 95 58 42
GLIPIZIDE ER 91 78 59 86
SINGULAIR 90 90 60 83
GLIMEPIRIDE 89 75 61 38
ASPIRIN 84 82 62 325
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 82 71 63 434
CALMOSEPTINE 81 78 10 64 391
VITAMIN D2 78 78 65 304
CALCIUM WITH VITAMIN D 78 78 65 268
ZINC OXIDE 76 70 10 67 458
NOVOLIN R 76 73 67 113
REFRESH CELLUVISC 75 58 10 69 436
CYMBALTA 75 72 69 48
LYRICA 73 57 71 66
MYTAB GAS 72 72 10 72 464
VESICARE 72 72 72 166
FIBER SMOOTH 68 60 10 74 504
METOLAZONE 67 67 75 208
CARBAMAZEPINE 65 52 76 180
EXELON 62 62 77 107
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 45 77 75
DETROL LA 62 61 77 196
RISPERIDONE 56 56 80 72
CITALOPRAM HBR 55 54 81 23
TRIPLE ANTIBIOTIC 55 55 10 81 467
DIGOXIN 55 55 81 58
GLYBURIDE 54 54 R 84 59
CARVEDILOL 53 51 85 25
OCUVITE 53 53 10 85 459
JANUVIA 52 52 87 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 52 52 87 14
AZO CRANBERRY 52 52 10 87 549
TEKTURNA 52 52 87 380
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 51 51 91 12
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 Aug. 31, 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.