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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,916Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 823

$503K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 92 out of 823

799 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
48%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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
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this specialty
in Texas
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

40% of this provider’s 799 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

68% of this provider’s 799 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 3,378 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,946 1,402 S3 1 1
GABAPENTIN 802 411 2 8
TIZANIDINE HCL 619 201 3 56
FENTANYL 394 188 S2 4 80
CARISOPRODOL 350 35 R 5 36
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 328 87 S2 6 67
OXYCODONE HCL 243 39 S2 7 108
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 239 60 R 8 63
TRAMADOL HCL 236 164 9 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 234 78 10 17
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 230 54 S2 11 147
METHADONE HCL 204 27 S2 12 113
LYRICA 200 110 13 58
MELOXICAM 174 90 14 27
MORPHINE SULFATE 164 31 S2 15 177
OXYCONTIN 142 23 S2 16 148
METHOCARBAMOL 105 12 R 17 136
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 104 39 R 18 89
CYMBALTA 88 28 19 40
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 24 S2 20 184
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 0 R 21 158
IBUPROFEN 54 0 22 103
BACLOFEN 50 12 23 90
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 June 25, 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.