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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,842Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 823

$377K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 147 out of 823

547 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,977 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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
CLOPIDOGREL 562 492 1 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 488 396 2 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 382 330 3 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 373 344 4 3
PLAVIX 363 303 5 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 353 328 6 9
RANEXA 342 288 7 149
SIMVASTATIN 335 279 8 2
LISINOPRIL 329 298 9 4
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 308 279 10 10 199
CARVEDILOL 245 230 11 12
FUROSEMIDE 195 179 12 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 157 150 13 18
DIGOXIN 156 135 14 33
CILOSTAZOL 154 120 15 146
SOTALOL 145 145 16 133
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 131 111 17 26
RAMIPRIL 105 96 18 69
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 103 103 19 22
SPIRONOLACTONE 88 69 20 72
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 73 20 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 85 75 22 13
RANITIDINE HCL 85 76 22 74
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 67 24 29
NITROSTAT 74 66 25 139
FAMOTIDINE 71 67 26 116
DIOVAN 57 50 27 35
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 June 6, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.