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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,553Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 117

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 117

670 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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 670 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 670 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 19,957 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

31 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,029 1,009 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 782 764 2 5
LISINOPRIL 712 693 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 698 668 4 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 562 537 5 8
FUROSEMIDE 559 550 6 4
NAMENDA 521 521 7 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 512 507 8 10
OMEPRAZOLE 433 420 9 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 356 340 S3 10 3
MIRTAZAPINE 350 308 11 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 301 296 12 13
METFORMIN HCL 290 286 13 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 281 279 14 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 273 271 15 20
TRAMADOL HCL 268 262 16 19
GABAPENTIN 257 255 17 12
SERTRALINE HCL 254 235 18 16
CLOPIDOGREL 231 230 19 30
DIOVAN 223 219 20 38
CARVEDILOL 211 211 21 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 207 195 22 17
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 179 170 23 53
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 173 169 24 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 171 170 25 31
FAMOTIDINE 167 167 26 49
PLAVIX 164 159 27 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 163 163 28 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 162 138 29 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 160 155 30 18
LEVETIRACETAM 159 159 31 46
LIDODERM 157 154 32 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 154 151 33 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 149 148 34 48
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 143 142 35 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 140 140 36 26
LEVOFLOXACIN 138 136 37 55
EXELON 135 135 38 34
PAROXETINE HCL 134 133 39 82
DIGOXIN 134 134 39 45
RISPERIDONE 130 116 41 35
CYMBALTA 130 130 41 27
TRAZODONE HCL 125 123 43 23
LACTULOSE 124 102 44 65
LANTUS 123 123 45 25
GLIPIZIDE 117 117 46 51
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 116 116 47 33
RAMIPRIL 110 110 48 63
NEXIUM 109 109 49 36
PREDNISONE 108 100 50 47
SEROQUEL 108 108 50 57
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 108 96 50 32
HYDRALAZINE HCL 107 102 53 50
CLONIDINE HCL 104 103 54 52
LOVASTATIN 93 93 55 92
ALLOPURINOL 91 91 56 66
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 86 86 57 124
NOVOLIN R 85 84 58 40
AMIODARONE HCL 85 84 58 98
CRESTOR 85 73 58 58
SANTYL 84 84 61 100
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 83 83 62 68
NITROFURANTOIN 83 83 62 148
ATENOLOL 82 82 64 42
KLOR-CON M20 81 80 65 54
NIFEDIPINE ER 81 81 65 116
LATANOPROST 80 80 67 84
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 79 79 68 59
NYSTATIN 78 74 69 81
JANUVIA 71 71 70 88
MELOXICAM 68 68 71 70
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 68 71 71
TRICOR 63 63 73 119
LEXAPRO 62 54 74 86
CHLORTHALIDONE 60 60 75 213
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 60 75 61
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 59 77 133
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 59 58 77 79
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 59 77 90
ARICEPT 58 58 80 149
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 58 80 44
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 58 58 80 85
SYNTHROID 58 58 80 122
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 55 80 56
GLIMEPIRIDE 57 57 85 87
HALOPERIDOL 53 53 86 154
DILTIAZEM HCL 52 52 87 177
ACTONEL 50 50 88 171
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 Oct. 30, 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.