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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,292Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 37 out of 117

$460K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 46 out of 117

502 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

7% of this provider’s 502 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 502 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,011 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 26.


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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 483 470 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 458 454 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 332 332 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 308 294 S3 4 3
LISINOPRIL 298 281 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 253 249 6 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 231 231 7 10
OMEPRAZOLE 230 223 8 9
TRAMADOL HCL 230 228 8 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 192 184 10 8
TRAZODONE HCL 190 190 11 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 188 177 12 11
NAMENDA 177 177 13 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 173 169 14 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 172 172 15 13
GABAPENTIN 171 167 16 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 169 169 17 18
CARVEDILOL 148 142 18 22
METFORMIN HCL 141 138 19 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 128 20 28
ATENOLOL 116 116 21 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 107 103 22 17
SERTRALINE HCL 86 71 23 16
CLOPIDOGREL 86 86 23 30
MIRTAZAPINE 84 84 25 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 83 82 26 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 70 68 27 56
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65 65 28 121
GLIPIZIDE 65 65 28 51
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 64 30 31
CYMBALTA 61 61 31 27
NEXIUM 59 59 32 36
PLAVIX 56 54 33 41
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 55 34 89
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 52 34 48
BUSPIRONE HCL 54 54 36 105
AZITHROMYCIN 54 54 36 64
GLYBURIDE 54 54 R 36 108
DIGOXIN 51 51 39 45
DIOVAN 50 41 40 38
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 48 40 102
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 30, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.