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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,861Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 117

$2.47M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 117

845 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

19% of this provider’s 845 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 30,427 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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 2,007 1,865 1 1
NAMENDA 1,784 1,747 2 7
SIMVASTATIN 1,194 1,061 3 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,178 1,152 4 10
MIRTAZAPINE 971 929 5 14
LISINOPRIL 844 771 6 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 795 635 S3 7 3
LANTUS 781 712 8 25
FUROSEMIDE 760 716 9 4
GABAPENTIN 717 618 10 12
EXELON 695 650 11 34
RISPERIDONE 682 611 12 35
RAMIPRIL 558 518 13 63
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 530 494 14 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 518 470 15 11
SERTRALINE HCL 487 437 16 16
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 486 450 17 78
METFORMIN HCL 476 435 18 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 456 369 19 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 452 431 20 26
TRAZODONE HCL 402 357 21 23
LACTULOSE 400 311 22 65
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 355 337 23 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 334 269 24 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 331 294 25 13
TRAMADOL HCL 308 285 26 19
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 302 285 27 37
ARICEPT 288 288 10 28 149
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 283 267 29 20
VENLAFAXINE HCL 276 233 10 30 140
PAROXETINE HCL 275 250 31 82
CYMBALTA 274 234 32 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 262 219 33 5
CARVEDILOL 260 229 34 22
ABILIFY 250 170 35 75
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 246 242 36 68
OMEPRAZOLE 243 200 37 9
OLANZAPINE 239 225 38 67
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 238 237 39 53
RANITIDINE HCL 234 194 40 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 223 170 41 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 213 203 42 28
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 207 187 43 59
CLOPIDOGREL 198 181 44 30
LYRICA 185 151 45 73
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 179 179 46 93
SINGULAIR 179 173 46 99
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 166 149 48 32
LEVEMIR 155 146 49 107
SANTYL 155 150 49 100
NYSTATIN 154 143 51 81
RESTASIS 147 137 52 190
CARBAMAZEPINE 143 128 53 128
PLAVIX 140 126 54 41
PRISTIQ ER 134 95 55 247
HYDRALAZINE HCL 127 89 56 50
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 124 111 R 57 97
PROMETHAZINE HCL 123 105 R 58 77
AVODART 121 121 59 187
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 119 104 60 56
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 119 117 60 158
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 116 112 62 61
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 116 87 62 96
BYSTOLIC 115 107 64 258
CEPHALEXIN 113 102 65 123
SPIRONOLACTONE 113 96 65 69
LAMOTRIGINE 113 93 65 156
NOVOLOG 111 103 68 60
RENVELA 105 60 69 163
TRICOR 103 91 70 119
ATENOLOL 99 79 71 42
LEVETIRACETAM 98 62 72 46
FLUOXETINE HCL 97 83 73 95
GEMFIBROZIL 96 73 74 150
LEXAPRO 96 84 74 86
DIGOXIN 92 91 76 45
SEROQUEL 91 86 77 57
GLIPIZIDE 90 89 78 51
LABETALOL HCL 88 77 79 234
FAMOTIDINE 88 83 79 49
LATANOPROST 88 88 79 84
DIOVAN 87 87 82 38
BACLOFEN 87 51 82 74
DETROL LA 86 67 84 146
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 86 82 84 72
CEFTRIAXONE 84 75 86 129
LEVOFLOXACIN 83 78 87 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 81 88 17
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 79 66 89 117
PREDNISONE 79 75 89 47
METHOTREXATE 78 20 91 273
VALPROIC ACID 78 58 91 147
FINASTERIDE 74 63 93 111
PATANOL 72 60 94 112
IBUPROFEN 72 59 94 158
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 69 96 71
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 71 66 96 79
CILOSTAZOL 71 71 96 139
MEGESTROL ACETATE 69 68 R 99 135
TEGRETOL XR 69 67 99 277
CALCIUM ACETATE 67 34 101 209
TERAZOSIN HCL 67 67 101 178
LIDODERM 65 33 103 62
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 64 63 104 121
BUSPIRONE HCL 63 59 105 105
DILTIAZEM HCL 62 60 106 177
GENERLAC 62 61 106 141
AMOXICILLIN 57 41 108 240
ZYPREXA 57 50 108 200
LIDOCAINE HCL 55 54 110 125
OXCARBAZEPINE 54 48 111 180
PHENYTOIN 54 41 111 175
VIGAMOX 51 50 113 302
PRADAXA 50 44 114 185
JANUVIA 50 46 114 88
SYMBICORT 50 50 114 205
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 10, 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.