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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,664Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 117

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 117

681 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 681 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 681 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 20,978 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 931 892 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 814 692 2 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 749 715 3 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 725 665 4 8
FUROSEMIDE 693 651 5 4
LISINOPRIL 668 600 6 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 584 559 7 5
MIRTAZAPINE 529 489 8 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 488 402 S3 9 3
TRAMADOL HCL 488 440 9 19
SIMVASTATIN 473 428 11 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 467 467 12 10
NAMENDA 402 402 13 7
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 373 337 14 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 358 298 15 61
GABAPENTIN 321 276 16 12
LIDODERM 313 259 17 62
KLOR-CON M20 282 266 18 54
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 242 215 19 102
CLOPIDOGREL 221 205 20 30
CARVEDILOL 218 176 21 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 217 184 22 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 214 188 23 21
TRAZODONE HCL 203 168 24 23
CLONIDINE HCL 196 184 25 52
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 195 164 26 17
LEVETIRACETAM 179 137 27 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 176 147 28 18
PLAVIX 176 164 28 41
TAMSULOSIN HCL 174 157 30 31
EXELON 167 167 31 34
BACLOFEN 162 106 32 74
FAMOTIDINE 161 116 33 49
SERTRALINE HCL 160 145 34 16
DIGOXIN 157 152 35 45
RISPERIDONE 155 139 36 35
KLOR-CON M10 155 151 36 76
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 155 137 36 26
SANTYL 152 144 39 100
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 143 129 40 53
HYDRALAZINE HCL 143 121 40 50
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 140 135 42 59
PROMETHAZINE HCL 139 103 R 43 77
METFORMIN HCL 139 121 43 15
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 138 128 45 68
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 132 106 46 29
SEROQUEL 131 111 47 57
LANTUS 127 97 48 25
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 126 117 49 100
NOVOLIN R 125 117 50 40
LIDOCAINE HCL 124 113 51 125
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 123 116 52 93
CEFTRIAXONE 123 111 52 129
PREDNISONE 122 122 54 47
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 119 113 55 32
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 116 103 56 37
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 112 105 57 91
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 111 101 58 79
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 110 106 59 39
SODIUM CHLORIDE 105 99 60 216
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 104 80 61 44
DIOVAN 101 101 62 38
NYSTATIN 100 89 63 81
LEVOFLOXACIN 99 89 64 55
NOVOLOG 99 72 64 60
SUCRALFATE 99 89 64 162
CYMBALTA 98 79 67 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 94 68 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 96 62 69 24
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 94 88 70 85
LATANOPROST 94 93 70 84
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 82 66 72 212
AMIODARONE HCL 82 81 72 98
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 77 64 74 166
SPIRONOLACTONE 75 64 75 69
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 74 76 48
LACTULOSE 73 57 77 65
ROPINIROLE HCL 72 69 78 89
GENERLAC 70 52 79 141
MUPIROCIN 65 54 80 113
NITROSTAT 61 54 81 182
NYSTOP 60 54 82 173
NEXIUM 59 47 83 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 50 83 71
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 57 85 116
FENTANYL 56 47 S2 86 103
FLUCONAZOLE 55 53 87 198
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55 55 87 33
SPIRIVA 54 46 89 80
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 42 89 192
LEXAPRO 54 47 89 86
RANITIDINE HCL 52 49 92 43
GLIPIZIDE 52 52 92 51
VANCOMYCIN HCL 52 45 92 268
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 43 92 96
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 52 32 92 132
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 45 97 56
ENULOSE 51 31 97 231
ATENOLOL 51 49 97 42
PAROXETINE HCL 50 39 100 82
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 Aug. 31, 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.