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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,555Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1139 out of 4623

$547K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 624 out of 4623

260 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

13% of this provider’s 260 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,125 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$83 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
SIMVASTATIN 317 249 1 2
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 254 203 2 32
AZELASTINE HCL 217 171 3 311
NEXIUM 215 178 4 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 212 200 5 12
LISINOPRIL 186 153 6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 169 149 7 55
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 158 125 8 43
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 155 122 9 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 140 81 S3 10 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 126 121 11 5
METFORMIN HCL 124 87 12 6
CRESTOR 123 112 13 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 97 14 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 111 105 15 13
CARVEDILOL 101 80 16 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 91 59 R 17 69
MELOXICAM 87 78 18 27
FUROSEMIDE 87 64 18 8
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 84 64 20 158
SERTRALINE HCL 81 73 21 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 79 21 22
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 68 23 62
ATELVIA 76 74 24 217
SINGULAIR 76 58 24 83
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 72 56 26 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 70 64 27 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 58 28 46
OMEPRAZOLE 67 47 29 7
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 65 54 R 30 56
TRAMADOL HCL 64 25 31 15
LIPITOR 62 54 32 100
PREDNISONE 60 45 33 50
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 58 43 34 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 36 35 10
VENTOLIN HFA 52 43 36 134
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 July 8, 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.