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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,386Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 117

$844K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 117

369 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

8% of this provider’s 369 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 369 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,224 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
FUROSEMIDE 651 594 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 590 576 2 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 556 512 3 11
SIMVASTATIN 434 382 4 2
NAMENDA 367 328 5 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 346 336 6 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 299 276 S3 7 3
LISINOPRIL 293 276 8 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 292 277 9 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 292 292 9 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 282 268 11 8
SERTRALINE HCL 241 229 12 16
TRAMADOL HCL 207 201 13 19
MIRTAZAPINE 186 185 14 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 181 181 15 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 171 162 16 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 170 168 17 18
CLOPIDOGREL 166 149 18 30
GABAPENTIN 165 144 19 12
LANTUS 158 137 20 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 155 150 21 44
FAMOTIDINE 151 123 22 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 150 150 23 17
EXELON 150 135 23 34
CYMBALTA 145 130 25 27
CARVEDILOL 138 135 26 22
OMEPRAZOLE 137 135 27 9
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 136 136 28 68
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 132 132 29 78
DIGOXIN 122 121 30 45
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 118 117 31 20
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 116 102 32 83
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 110 108 33 29
NOVOLOG 110 89 33 60
KLOR-CON M10 108 107 35 76
PLAVIX 105 96 36 41
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 102 101 37 93
METFORMIN HCL 102 51 37 15
RISPERIDONE 94 78 39 35
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 90 90 40 59
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 89 58 41 24
ZETIA 89 67 41 130
TRAZODONE HCL 86 86 43 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 84 68 44 69
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 84 81 44 53
JANTOVEN 83 83 46 120
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 79 46 28
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 81 55 48 85
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 58 48 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 77 50 39
GLIPIZIDE 79 73 51 51
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 77 66 52 37
LEVETIRACETAM 77 55 52 46
NOVOLIN R 76 73 54 40
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 76 76 54 61
OLANZAPINE 76 56 54 67
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 74 74 57 33
KLOR-CON M20 71 66 58 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 68 59 55
ATENOLOL 64 61 60 42
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 62 60 48
FINASTERIDE 63 63 62 111
LEVEMIR 60 55 63 107
RAMIPRIL 56 47 64 63
CLONIDINE HCL 56 46 64 52
ROPINIROLE HCL 56 40 64 89
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 42 67 71
NIASPAN 54 24 67 193
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 54 52 67 100
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 May 5, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.