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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Adult Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,817Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 59

$2.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 59

1,157 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

9% of this provider’s 1,157 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,909 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$139 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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 528 463 1 3
NEXIUM 461 357 2 14
TRAMADOL HCL 385 319 3 10
LISINOPRIL 337 259 4 2
METFORMIN HCL 332 258 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 328 281 6 1
CRESTOR 326 251 7 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 295 260 8 4
AZITHROMYCIN 281 219 9 32
OMEPRAZOLE 245 210 10 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 235 201 11 12
EVISTA 227 191 12 91
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 179 135 S3 13 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 177 144 14 15
NAPROXEN 175 130 15 69
ZOSTAVAX 168 159 16 111
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 168 140 16 36
FUROSEMIDE 168 145 16 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 162 133 19 9
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 162 117 19 75
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 159 138 21 20
JANUMET 151 115 22 117
JANUVIA 146 130 23 45
DIOVAN 144 126 24 38
LYRICA 143 117 25 71
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 142 121 26 17
GABAPENTIN 137 108 27 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 132 122 28 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 131 105 29 34
SERTRALINE HCL 121 95 30 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 106 31 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 119 78 32 25
DIOVAN HCT 118 81 33 65
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 117 93 34 60
DONEPEZIL HCL 111 107 35 24
PEN NEEDLE 110 87 36 92
LOVAZA 107 65 37 74
CLOPIDOGREL 106 91 38 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 105 87 39 21
VOLTAREN 103 84 40 149
NASONEX 101 82 41 126
ACTOS 98 74 42 73
MELOXICAM 95 78 43 26
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 94 70 44 125
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 83 45 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 93 93 45 27
TRILIPIX 89 64 47 120
IBUPROFEN 88 62 48 62
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 87 67 49 61
PLAVIX 84 75 50 54
TRICOR 79 60 51 79
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 78 67 52 49
RANITIDINE HCL 78 60 52 51
CEFDINIR 77 61 54 142
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 62 55 77
ATELVIA 75 53 56 199
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 75 46 R 56 80
ATENOLOL 74 67 58 28
ROPINIROLE HCL 73 64 59 165
NAMENDA 67 61 60 29
SYMBICORT 65 57 61 133
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 51 62 58
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 51 62 84
CARVEDILOL 63 49 62 31
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 63 52 62 118
NIASPAN 62 45 66 118
CELEBREX 62 42 66 87
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 62 49 66 103
SINGULAIR 60 36 69 85
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 50 69 76
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 39 69 67
CYMBALTA 60 38 69 57
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 59 51 73 222
MEGESTROL ACETATE 57 57 R 74 127
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 57 42 74 172
ZETIA 54 38 76 176
MECLIZINE HCL 54 51 76 72
LIPOFEN 52 43 10 78 233
BUMETANIDE 50 36 79 148
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. 29, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.