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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,853Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 68 out of 823

$365K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 154 out of 823

194 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

32% of this provider’s 194 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,228 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 233 205 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 232 216 2 6
FUROSEMIDE 230 211 3 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 219 206 4 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 173 149 5 23
METFORMIN HCL 153 144 6 14
LISINOPRIL 145 129 7 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 135 126 8 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 118 110 9 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 111 111 10 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 110 100 11 50
CITALOPRAM HBR 104 104 12 34
TRAMADOL HCL 96 91 13 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 92 80 14 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 90 15 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 86 64 16 9
LACTULOSE 82 82 17 220
NAMENDA 75 75 18 28
NEXIUM 69 49 19 10
GABAPENTIN 67 57 20 8
ZETIA 67 54 20 100
SIMVASTATIN 65 55 22 2
AZITHROMYCIN 63 57 23 48
TRAZODONE HCL 55 55 24 43
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 55 31 24 110
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 51 26 32
OMEPRAZOLE 51 35 27 5
TAMSULOSIN HCL 51 44 27 21
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 22, 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.