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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,697Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 117

$1.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 117

522 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

4% of this provider’s 522 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 522 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 21,553 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 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
FUROSEMIDE 970 851 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 960 825 S3 2 3
NAMENDA 838 825 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 806 727 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 771 696 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 731 661 6 5
LISINOPRIL 697 608 7 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 508 444 8 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 507 497 9 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 461 423 10 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 458 458 11 10
OMEPRAZOLE 451 411 12 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 402 389 13 13
MIRTAZAPINE 385 361 14 14
TRAMADOL HCL 381 344 15 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 375 325 16 20
GABAPENTIN 355 282 17 12
CYMBALTA 305 265 18 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 262 252 19 17
HYDRALAZINE HCL 260 192 20 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 245 222 21 29
CARVEDILOL 245 229 21 22
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 229 192 23 59
METFORMIN HCL 228 167 24 15
NOVOLIN R 225 206 25 40
CLOPIDOGREL 201 182 26 30
TRAZODONE HCL 201 174 26 23
FAMOTIDINE 199 189 28 49
KLOR-CON M20 192 184 29 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 191 179 30 48
NOVOLIN N 174 131 31 172
GLIPIZIDE 172 165 32 51
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 170 159 33 44
SERTRALINE HCL 169 158 34 16
DIGOXIN 168 151 35 45
LEVETIRACETAM 164 110 36 46
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 161 141 37 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 161 161 37 31
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 161 137 37 132
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 149 113 40 83
RAMIPRIL 147 129 41 63
CLONIDINE HCL 144 98 42 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 144 121 42 39
MELOXICAM 137 134 44 70
ATENOLOL 135 125 45 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 133 97 46 24
TRAVATAN Z 132 132 47 104
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 130 107 48 21
LEVOFLOXACIN 124 113 49 55
FLUOXETINE HCL 124 99 49 95
PROMETHAZINE HCL 123 101 R 51 77
PLAVIX 123 107 51 41
PREDNISONE 121 108 53 47
EXELON 119 113 54 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 118 114 55 33
RISPERIDONE 110 76 56 35
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 109 106 57 155
LANTUS 109 83 57 25
LIDODERM 108 106 59 62
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 107 102 60 26
SEROQUEL 102 95 61 57
LATANOPROST 101 93 62 84
NOVOLIN 70-30 99 74 63 165
NOVOLOG 98 80 64 60
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 97 84 65 100
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 67 R 65 110
ADVAIR DISKUS 96 68 67 71
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 95 83 68 229
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 94 73 69 85
ROPINIROLE HCL 93 82 70 89
OLANZAPINE 88 74 71 67
CLONIDINE 83 71 72 136
SINGULAIR 82 75 73 99
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 67 73 28
SUCRALFATE 81 70 75 162
PAROXETINE HCL 79 79 76 82
AMIODARONE HCL 78 66 77 98
RANITIDINE HCL 78 68 77 43
DIOVAN 76 60 79 38
KLOR-CON M10 76 63 79 76
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 60 81 69
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 70 59 82 32
ABILIFY 67 39 83 75
PATANOL 66 55 84 112
LEXAPRO 66 53 84 86
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 63 57 86 68
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 60 60 87 289
BACLOFEN 60 36 87 74
FENTANYL 59 55 S2 89 103
CEFUROXIME 59 53 89 144
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 59 38 89 78
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 58 58 92 53
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 46 93 158
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 56 94 227
SANTYL 54 38 95 100
SPIRIVA 53 36 96 80
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 27 96 61
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 32 98 91
CALCIUM ACETATE 52 33 98 209
LYRICA 52 29 98 73
NEXIUM 52 31 98 36
GEMFIBROZIL 51 39 102 150
LEVEMIR 51 48 102 107
TIMOLOL MALEATE 50 50 104 191
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 Sept. 2, 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.