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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,036Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 823

$439K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 113 out of 823

596 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,429 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 728 657 10 1 164
CRESTOR 432 395 2 20
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 406 358 3 216
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 280 251 4 39
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 278 272 5 57
LISINOPRIL 250 227 6 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 236 207 7 26
SIMVASTATIN 230 214 8 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 227 209 9 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 216 213 10 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 214 209 11 3
CLOPIDOGREL 200 191 12 16
PLAVIX 197 188 13 25
NIFEDIPINE ER 191 174 14 97
CARVEDILOL 187 166 15 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 141 137 16 13
FUROSEMIDE 126 109 17 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 124 98 18 23
AMIODARONE HCL 124 120 18 106
NIFEDIAC CC 96 87 20 424
CILOSTAZOL 84 84 21 146
DIOVAN 81 81 22 35
LIPITOR 79 74 23 128
BENICAR HCT 76 76 24 195
NITROSTAT 72 65 25 139
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 71 71 26 11
EFFIENT 70 58 27 224
BYSTOLIC 68 68 28 98
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 56 29 81
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 54 30 49
BUMETANIDE 53 52 31 286
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 44 31 29
TORSEMIDE 52 42 33 161
NIFEDICAL XL 50 38 34 273
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 50 49 34 22
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 Feb. 8, 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.