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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,858Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 823

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 823

672 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 672 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 672 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,956 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
SIMVASTATIN 765 603 1 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 735 543 2 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 720 404 S3 3 1
LISINOPRIL 701 544 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 645 542 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 635 467 6 3
GABAPENTIN 500 317 7 8
FUROSEMIDE 498 398 8 7
METFORMIN HCL 422 301 9 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 393 289 10 18
FAMOTIDINE 364 290 11 116
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 337 298 12 42
OMEPRAZOLE 323 249 13 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 319 255 14 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 319 259 14 34
CLOPIDOGREL 300 222 16 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 288 194 17 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 247 242 18 24
CARVEDILOL 239 159 19 12
TRAZODONE HCL 234 163 20 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 226 138 21 17
NAMENDA 201 201 22 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 198 141 23 23
PLAVIX 193 152 24 25
JANUVIA 174 96 25 70
TRAMADOL HCL 174 120 25 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 162 125 27 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 151 138 28 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 150 74 29 84
ATENOLOL 149 111 30 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 141 98 31 9
DIOVAN 141 137 31 35
TIZANIDINE HCL 137 66 33 56
SERTRALINE HCL 134 84 34 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 130 88 35 30
NEXIUM 129 108 36 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 123 57 37 50
MELOXICAM 121 79 38 27
LIDODERM 121 80 38 226
PAROXETINE HCL 119 85 40 175
HYDRALAZINE HCL 115 72 41 109
CLONIDINE HCL 113 56 42 41
CYMBALTA 110 73 43 40
LANTUS 110 70 43 76
PREDNISONE 108 92 45 31
RANITIDINE HCL 106 62 46 74
ALLOPURINOL 105 63 47 61
DIGOXIN 104 88 48 33
GLIMEPIRIDE 103 89 49 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 96 56 50 68
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 95 50 51 129
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 95 83 51 99
LOVAZA 93 63 53 117
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 74 53 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 91 84 55 49
EXELON 90 90 56 102
CRESTOR 88 76 57 20
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 88 47 57 163
BUSPIRONE HCL 87 56 59 170
IBUPROFEN 86 51 60 103
DETROL LA 85 55 61 321
GLYBURIDE 85 72 R 61 150
GLIPIZIDE 84 67 63 105
LYRICA 83 44 64 58
MIRTAZAPINE 82 62 65 82
HUMALOG 79 43 66 200
AZITHROMYCIN 79 58 66 48
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 44 68 39
PROAIR HFA 76 44 69 131
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 76 63 69 91
PROMETHAZINE HCL 75 25 R 71 158
LEVETIRACETAM 73 54 72 54
FINASTERIDE 73 63 72 53
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 71 48 74 389
AMOXICILLIN 69 51 75 207
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 68 16 76 95
LATANOPROST 67 67 77 19
BACLOFEN 63 29 78 90
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 29 78 62
PEN NEEDLE 62 21 80 96
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 61 50 81 178
SPIRIVA 60 39 82 64
RISPERIDONE 59 34 83 78
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 58 14 R 84 63
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 57 47 85 299
ABILIFY 57 34 85 124
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 57 46 85 44
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 36 85 138
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 41 89 267
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 55 34 90 162
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 54 33 91 166
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 50 91 72
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 54 42 R 91 89
CELEBREX 54 34 91 115
NYSTOP 54 43 91 505
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 51 96 514
KLOR-CON M10 51 39 96 182
EXFORGE 51 24 96 259
LIPITOR 50 42 99 128
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.