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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,090Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1264 out of 4623

$312K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1545 out of 4623

167 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
31% 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

21% of this provider’s 167 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,783 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 313 311 1 1
SERTRALINE HCL 299 267 2 26
SIMVASTATIN 288 275 3 2
LISINOPRIL 227 219 4 4
METFORMIN HCL ER 161 145 5 51
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 152 6 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 135 116 S3 7 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 134 123 8 5
OMEPRAZOLE 131 131 9 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 115 115 10 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 109 109 11 30
ALLOPURINOL 107 107 12 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 99 97 13 11
GABAPENTIN 96 90 14 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 91 15 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 91 16 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 86 84 17 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 86 86 17 14
TORSEMIDE 84 82 19 164
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 80 80 20 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 73 21 22
CLONIDINE HCL 69 69 22 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 63 23 35
NEXIUM 65 61 24 17
CARVEDILOL 64 64 25 25
CRESTOR 63 61 26 20
MELOXICAM 62 61 27 27
BUPROPION HCL SR 60 53 28 233
DIGOXIN 59 59 29 58
NAMENDA 57 57 30 36
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 55 46 31 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 53 50 32 12
PREDNISONE 53 48 32 50
SPIRIVA 52 52 34 79
CYMBALTA 50 50 35 48
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 Nov. 20, 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.