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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Adult Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,287Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 59

$560K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 59

532 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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

17% of this provider’s 532 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,962 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 401 333 S3 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 361 342 2 3
LISINOPRIL 311 267 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 296 273 4 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 255 238 5 4
NAMENDA 232 232 6 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 230 207 7 9
OMEPRAZOLE 221 197 8 7
SIMVASTATIN 211 188 9 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 191 179 10 11
METFORMIN HCL 188 148 11 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 188 188 11 24
SERTRALINE HCL 187 156 13 22
GABAPENTIN 168 143 14 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 144 119 15 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 143 126 16 16
TRAMADOL HCL 140 116 17 10
DIGOXIN 140 137 17 64
PREDNISONE 134 112 19 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 128 108 20 15
RANITIDINE HCL 125 116 21 51
CARVEDILOL 124 119 22 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 119 103 23 21
LOVASTATIN 118 111 24 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 115 113 25 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 110 96 26 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 106 95 27 27
ATENOLOL 105 90 28 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 100 97 29 30
MELOXICAM 90 83 30 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 84 84 31 47
CLOPIDOGREL 77 75 32 35
NEXIUM 76 55 33 14
CLONIDINE HCL 75 74 34 55
MIRTAZAPINE 75 75 34 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 74 68 36 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 70 37 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 58 38 20
PROAIR HFA 61 34 39 68
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 52 40 81
SPIRIVA 55 40 40 78
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 52 42 93
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 53 42 167
ALLOPURINOL 52 39 44 42
CYMBALTA 50 33 45 57
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 17, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.