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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,918Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 117

$1.39M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 117

733 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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 733 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 733 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 23,787 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
DONEPEZIL HCL 947 930 1 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 929 912 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 867 826 3 4
NAMENDA 849 832 4 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 830 819 5 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 775 731 S3 6 3
LISINOPRIL 711 689 7 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 579 564 8 18
SIMVASTATIN 569 542 9 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 554 524 10 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 527 509 11 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 503 480 12 8
MIRTAZAPINE 497 487 13 14
OMEPRAZOLE 354 345 14 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 346 345 15 11
TRAMADOL HCL 337 325 16 19
GABAPENTIN 332 318 17 12
CARVEDILOL 304 285 18 22
SERTRALINE HCL 284 265 19 16
TRAZODONE HCL 283 266 20 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 282 270 21 17
KLOR-CON M20 263 243 22 54
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 253 250 23 29
FAMOTIDINE 241 239 24 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 229 218 25 21
NOVOLIN R 228 209 26 40
METFORMIN HCL 217 206 27 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL 213 205 28 50
CLONIDINE HCL 212 208 29 52
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 209 187 30 59
EXELON 191 187 31 34
CYMBALTA 189 180 32 27
CLOPIDOGREL 184 181 33 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 184 180 33 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 178 174 35 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 169 158 36 61
PLAVIX 161 155 37 41
SEROQUEL 158 153 38 57
CEFUROXIME 155 148 39 144
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 152 143 40 44
DIGOXIN 149 149 41 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 136 41 31
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 143 139 43 48
LEVETIRACETAM 139 126 44 46
DIOVAN 137 137 45 38
PREDNISONE 136 133 46 47
LANTUS 130 118 47 25
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 130 119 47 85
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 128 122 49 37
PROMETHAZINE HCL 126 119 R 50 77
LEVEMIR 118 116 51 107
LIDODERM 117 117 52 62
LEVOFLOXACIN 117 111 52 55
GLIPIZIDE 116 115 54 51
NOVOLOG 114 95 55 60
RISPERIDONE 112 111 56 35
LATANOPROST 111 101 57 84
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 104 102 58 24
ALLOPURINOL 102 97 59 66
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 88 60 28
ATENOLOL 98 98 61 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 98 92 61 33
KLOR-CON M10 97 95 63 76
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 96 95 64 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 95 95 65 26
RAMIPRIL 91 91 66 63
OLANZAPINE 90 90 67 67
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 88 67 68 91
ROPINIROLE HCL 82 79 69 89
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 69 70 71
LOVASTATIN 77 77 71 92
PATANOL 76 68 72 112
GLIMEPIRIDE 75 53 73 87
PRIMIDONE 71 70 74 179
BACLOFEN 71 69 74 74
LEXAPRO 69 67 76 86
LYRICA 69 68 76 73
ABILIFY 68 68 78 75
CLONIDINE 65 61 79 136
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 60 79 79
TRAVATAN Z 64 64 81 104
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64 64 81 133
PRADAXA 64 64 81 185
HUMULIN R 64 61 81 109
AMIODARONE HCL 62 62 85 98
ARICEPT 61 61 86 149
FENTANYL 58 44 S2 87 103
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 57 55 88 83
AZITHROMYCIN 56 53 89 64
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 55 53 90 117
MECLIZINE HCL 53 51 91 202
NYSTATIN 52 50 92 81
RANITIDINE HCL 52 52 92 43
HYDROXYZINE HCL 51 49 R 94 175
GLYBURIDE 51 51 R 94 108
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.