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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,732Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 70 out of 823

$257K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 233 out of 823

628 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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 5,186 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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 TARTRATE 428 392 1 11
DIGOXIN 360 342 2 33
CLOPIDOGREL 322 272 3 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 271 235 4 9
FUROSEMIDE 257 235 5 7
PLAVIX 229 199 6 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 213 201 7 18
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 196 190 8 199
LISINOPRIL 185 171 9 4
SIMVASTATIN 167 151 10 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 162 146 11 22
SOTALOL 151 150 12 133
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 139 128 13 284
NITROSTAT 132 114 14 139
CARVEDILOL 130 104 15 12
RANEXA 129 126 16 149
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 128 109 17 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 111 18 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 108 87 19 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 102 95 20 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 91 75 21 23
CILOSTAZOL 87 85 22 146
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 83 23 57
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 48 24 39
DIOVAN 69 69 25 35
OMEPRAZOLE 69 62 25 5
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 68 49 27 280
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 63 28 72
RAMIPRIL 65 58 29 69
LANOXIN 63 61 30 474
ATENOLOL 62 55 31 47
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 March 18, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.