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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,248Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 59 out of 823

$495K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 95 out of 823

547 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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 5,579 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 591 538 1 9
SIMVASTATIN 378 298 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 364 345 3 3
CARVEDILOL 328 281 4 12
CLOPIDOGREL 296 267 5 16
PLAVIX 216 204 6 25
PRADAXA 168 160 7 179
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 152 146 8 13
BYSTOLIC 150 133 9 98
RANEXA 144 111 10 149
CRESTOR 139 122 11 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 133 99 12 26
FUROSEMIDE 117 88 13 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 116 90 14 62
NITROSTAT 113 98 15 139
WARFARIN SODIUM 108 108 16 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 103 95 17 81
DIOVAN 99 99 18 35
LOVAZA 91 91 19 117
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 89 81 20 11
TRICOR 85 81 21 150
PROPAFENONE HCL 84 83 22 257
METFORMIN HCL 83 72 23 14
BENICAR HCT 82 82 24 195
LISINOPRIL 76 50 25 4
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 34 26 49
LIPITOR 58 55 27 128
CLONIDINE HCL 55 51 28 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 54 52 29 22
VYTORIN 52 52 30 234
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 47 31 72
AMIODARONE HCL 50 48 32 106
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 9, 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.