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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Critical Care Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,766Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 38

$1.75M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 38

912 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

8% of this provider’s 912 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,952 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 53%.

Prescription Price

$89 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $134 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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 642 574 1 3
NAMENDA 596 569 2 16
SIMVASTATIN 528 406 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 436 353 4 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 399 353 5 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 392 331 6 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 392 297 6 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 387 344 8 13
LACTULOSE 370 308 9 37
AVODART 316 268 10 66
DONEPEZIL HCL 312 295 11 15
FUROSEMIDE 305 270 12 5
TRAMADOL HCL 295 248 13 17
LISINOPRIL 295 229 13 8
CYMBALTA 293 230 15 30
NEXIUM 293 219 15 26
LANTUS 282 232 17 23
METFORMIN HCL 274 208 18 14
RANITIDINE HCL 267 197 19 51
TRAZODONE HCL 258 202 20 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 251 226 21 32
SERTRALINE HCL 224 177 22 25
NAPROXEN 212 173 23 85
BACLOFEN 203 129 24 46
RISPERIDONE 202 124 25 48
MIRTAZAPINE 201 180 26 27
CLONIDINE HCL 193 169 27 47
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 185 180 28 94
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 180 67 S3 29 7
EXELON 171 170 30 72
CLOPIDOGREL 167 152 31 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 167 141 31 64
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 165 159 33 19
NOVOLIN R 156 145 34 55
CARVEDILOL 155 141 35 21
DIOVAN 139 117 36 69
TRICOR 138 104 37 87
AZITHROMYCIN 137 100 38 28
VOLTAREN 136 92 39 89
SANTYL 136 82 39 112
WARFARIN SODIUM 134 114 41 20
TOPIRAMATE 118 46 42 92
AMITIZA 118 95 42 123
ATENOLOL 112 73 44 57
VALPROIC ACID 111 98 45 86
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 107 99 R 46 76
PHENYTOIN 101 72 47 99
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 100 100 48 67
AMIODARONE HCL 99 84 49 81
PLAVIX 97 79 50 53
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 93 93 51 138
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 92 55 52 87
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 92 78 52 139
GABAPENTIN 91 72 54 24
PEN NEEDLE 91 69 54 140
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 68 54 49
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 88 71 57 95
LATANOPROST 87 86 58 63
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 68 58 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 87 72 58 31
IRBESARTAN 84 68 61 143
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 84 69 61 45
PIPERACILLIN-TAZOBACTAM 83 69 10 63 144
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 83 59 63 33
CLONIDINE 83 77 63 92
LOVAZA 81 74 66 106
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 80 67 67 35
SEROQUEL 79 77 68 84
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 71 69 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 78 64 69 61
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 78 71 69 56
SODIUM CHLORIDE 77 45 72 146
PREDNISONE 77 56 72 6
HUMALOG MIX 50-50 76 46 74 148
LEVETIRACETAM 76 20 74 68
FAMOTIDINE 73 71 76 52
ALLOPURINOL 73 56 76 59
HYDROXYZINE HCL 72 50 R 78 112
LEVOFLOXACIN 72 61 78 58
MELOXICAM 70 43 80 60
FORTEO 66 65 81 156
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 66 56 81 80
HUMULIN R 65 59 83 116
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 65 62 83 50
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 64 54 85 161
LYRICA 63 33 86 74
MEGESTROL ACETATE 62 49 R 87 166
DIGOXIN 61 57 88 71
HEPARIN SODIUM 61 59 88 169
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 43 90 171
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 57 90 44
DEXILANT 59 45 92 173
NYSTATIN 59 51 92 104
NASONEX 58 50 94 82
LABETALOL HCL 57 39 95 177
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 56 48 96 180
DILTIAZEM HCL 56 48 96 180
SPIRIVA 55 49 98 1
FINASTERIDE 55 54 98 125
KETOCONAZOLE 54 51 100 187
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 54 54 100 77
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 51 102 126
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 May 24, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.