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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Adult Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,636Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 59

$594K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 59

278 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

44% of this provider’s 278 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 5,708 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 741 372 S3 1 5
LISINOPRIL 418 259 2 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 339 246 3 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 277 182 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 266 195 5 7
MELOXICAM 259 167 6 26
FUROSEMIDE 227 128 7 8
GABAPENTIN 206 102 8 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 200 115 9 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 199 131 10 9
NEXIUM 190 96 11 14
METFORMIN HCL 187 111 12 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 144 134 13 4
CARVEDILOL 140 106 14 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 131 71 15 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 130 75 16 47
CITALOPRAM HBR 127 71 17 25
TRAMADOL HCL 121 106 18 10
JANUVIA 120 78 19 45
NIFEDIPINE ER 118 74 20 102
PROAIR HFA 117 74 21 68
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 68 22 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98 47 23 34
SERTRALINE HCL 95 49 24 22
LOVASTATIN 94 79 25 43
CRESTOR 93 48 26 23
LYRICA 91 22 27 71
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 80 60 28 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 51 29 11
LOVAZA 71 17 30 74
TRAZODONE HCL 69 17 31 50
SINGULAIR 69 55 31 85
SPIRIVA 69 38 31 78
RISPERIDONE 67 29 34 56
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 64 29 R 35 80
MIRTAZAPINE 63 23 36 41
WARFARIN SODIUM 63 42 36 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 17 38 33
CYMBALTA 57 34 38 57
CLOPIDOGREL 57 45 38 35
AZITHROMYCIN 55 37 41 32
ATENOLOL 54 30 42 28
PLAVIX 52 35 43 54
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 26 43 18
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 52 24 43 142
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 43 46 58
ALLOPURINOL 50 29 47 42
RANITIDINE HCL 50 32 47 51
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 5, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.