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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,829Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 117

$1.07M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 117

686 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 686 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 686 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 16,615 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

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 757 725 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 592 558 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 588 561 3 4
LISINOPRIL 557 533 4 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 521 509 5 10
OMEPRAZOLE 518 503 6 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 509 473 7 8
SIMVASTATIN 467 421 8 2
NAMENDA 466 462 9 7
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 377 370 10 20
MIRTAZAPINE 318 298 11 14
EXELON 282 268 12 34
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 275 239 S3 13 3
SERTRALINE HCL 270 255 14 16
GABAPENTIN 244 228 15 12
TRAMADOL HCL 240 234 16 19
TRAZODONE HCL 219 183 17 23
FAMOTIDINE 213 206 18 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 212 212 19 13
CLOPIDOGREL 208 201 20 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 198 184 21 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 187 169 22 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 184 183 23 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 180 166 24 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 152 25 28
PLAVIX 162 155 26 41
SEROQUEL 159 151 27 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL 147 140 28 31
CARVEDILOL 147 140 28 22
RISPERIDONE 147 134 28 35
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 145 133 31 29
METFORMIN HCL 132 116 32 15
HYDRALAZINE HCL 130 101 33 50
DIGOXIN 130 117 33 45
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 127 126 35 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 125 117 36 26
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 118 116 37 85
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 117 117 38 21
CITALOPRAM HBR 109 95 39 18
LEVETIRACETAM 108 94 40 46
CYMBALTA 107 105 41 27
KLOR-CON M20 100 100 42 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 97 87 43 55
DIOVAN 93 81 44 38
CLONIDINE HCL 93 64 44 52
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 89 69 46 37
ATENOLOL 89 89 46 42
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 87 87 48 121
PAROXETINE HCL 86 79 49 82
LYRICA 85 71 50 73
GLIPIZIDE 84 62 51 51
LANTUS 82 72 52 25
AZITHROMYCIN 79 78 53 64
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 76 54 56
NYSTATIN 77 73 55 81
LIDODERM 77 74 55 62
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 76 75 57 32
LACTULOSE 75 73 58 65
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 73 68 59 78
NOVOLOG 72 69 60 60
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 66 56 61 96
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 63 57 62 100
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 62 54 63 68
LEVEMIR 60 29 64 107
SANTYL 60 58 64 100
LIDOCAINE HCL 60 60 64 125
LEXAPRO 59 57 67 86
PREDNISONE 58 58 68 47
MEGESTROL ACETATE 57 53 R 69 135
PROMETHAZINE HCL 55 50 R 70 77
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 55 54 70 226
ARICEPT 55 55 70 149
MELOXICAM 54 54 73 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 51 73 44
BACLOFEN 53 41 75 74
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 50 50 76 33
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 50 76 79
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 Feb. 4, 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.