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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,139Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 117

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 117

373 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

23% of this provider’s 373 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 11,656 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$81 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
SIMVASTATIN 746 553 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 638 502 2 5
NAMENDA 615 591 3 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 536 506 4 10
FUROSEMIDE 506 416 5 4
LISINOPRIL 481 375 6 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 450 374 7 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 445 278 S3 8 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 382 286 9 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 362 266 10 8
EXELON 271 247 11 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 225 172 12 21
NOVOLOG 217 193 13 60
CARVEDILOL 205 189 14 22
SERTRALINE HCL 196 146 15 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 187 156 16 13
GABAPENTIN 174 137 17 12
METFORMIN HCL 166 109 18 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 149 107 19 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 145 112 20 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 145 105 20 26
TRAMADOL HCL 143 118 22 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 141 101 23 24
CRESTOR 141 128 23 58
CYMBALTA 137 93 25 27
JANUVIA 133 110 26 88
CLONIDINE HCL 131 86 27 52
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 123 92 28 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 120 62 29 37
ZETIA 115 94 30 130
LEVETIRACETAM 115 69 30 46
CLOPIDOGREL 110 93 32 30
LANTUS 109 93 33 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 75 34 28
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 101 92 35 96
TRAZODONE HCL 98 56 36 23
OMEPRAZOLE 98 44 36 9
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 97 74 38 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 93 85 39 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 93 91 39 31
RAMIPRIL 90 74 41 63
PLAVIX 82 67 42 41
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 33 42 90
ATENOLOL 78 45 44 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 76 47 45 114
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 64 45 71
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 75 52 47 94
CITALOPRAM HBR 73 72 48 18
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 72 69 49 59
LEVEMIR 64 51 50 107
MIRTAZAPINE 64 52 50 14
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 38 52 106
DIGOXIN 61 56 53 45
DIOVAN 60 41 54 38
FAMOTIDINE 60 49 54 49
LIPITOR 59 33 56 131
RANITIDINE HCL 59 26 56 43
AMIODARONE HCL 57 57 58 98
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 46 59 48
OLANZAPINE 54 38 60 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 53 44 61 39
KLOR-CON 10 52 37 62 229
ABILIFY 52 26 62 75
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 51 32 64 83
LOVASTATIN 51 46 64 92
KLOR-CON M10 51 25 64 76
ACTOS 50 36 67 161
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 April 17, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.