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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,325Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 79

$1.45M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 79

941 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

24% of this provider’s 941 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 18,588 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 1,212 1,076 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 789 653 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 602 508 3 4
LISINOPRIL 549 433 4 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 531 477 5 18
NAMENDA 521 482 6 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 499 428 7 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 445 357 8 10
OMEPRAZOLE 428 357 9 7
LANTUS 415 355 10 26
TRAZODONE HCL 412 341 11 19
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 387 257 S3 12 115
EXELON 373 361 13 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 330 315 14 8
METFORMIN HCL 314 292 15 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 308 198 16 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 303 265 17 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 292 267 18 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 283 218 S3 19 5
RISPERIDONE 278 253 20 24
NEXIUM 267 191 21 34
SERTRALINE HCL 243 182 22 16
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 238 173 R 23 72
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 226 200 24 22
LACTULOSE 217 140 25 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 207 189 26 59
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 200 150 27 25
CLOPIDOGREL 197 180 28 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 189 179 29 23
PLAVIX 188 172 30 46
PHENYTOIN 183 128 10 31 128
MIRTAZAPINE 181 133 32 15
GABAPENTIN 177 116 33 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 174 149 34 30
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 169 136 35 20
RANITIDINE HCL 167 105 36 33
TRAMADOL HCL 161 95 37 17
LYRICA 159 79 38 73
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 155 89 39 29
NOVOLOG 155 118 39 66
AZITHROMYCIN 153 113 41 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 104 42 36
KLOR-CON M20 147 124 43 63
NOVOLIN R 139 119 44 39
DIOVAN 137 109 45 56
CLONIDINE HCL 136 106 46 49
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 135 109 47 81
LEVOFLOXACIN 128 104 48 68
FAMOTIDINE 126 102 49 60
PROMETHAZINE HCL 120 55 R 50 76
CRESTOR 118 96 51 62
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 118 108 51 32
CYMBALTA 117 61 53 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 116 86 54 37
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 114 79 55 83
DIGOXIN 112 101 56 42
ATENOLOL 108 99 57 45
ADVAIR DISKUS 107 87 58 70
HUMALOG 106 85 59 118
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 105 66 60 38
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 105 92 60 114
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 103 82 62 210
OLANZAPINE 103 69 62 57
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 102 75 R 64 212
LEVETIRACETAM 101 45 65 43
ABILIFY 101 64 65 74
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 97 88 67 50
SUCRALFATE 96 63 68 178
KLOR-CON M10 95 92 69 68
SEROQUEL XR 92 42 70 182
JANUVIA 91 75 71 89
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 88 60 72 220
SEROQUEL 87 75 73 51
RIVASTIGMINE 87 62 73 221
LEVEMIR 83 63 75 99
BENAZEPRIL HCL 82 68 76 223
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 80 72 77 115
HYDRALAZINE HCL 79 60 78 67
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 77 73 79 35
LIPITOR 77 65 79 226
SPIRIVA 76 66 81 94
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 75 67 82 105
LEXAPRO 73 60 83 90
AGGRENOX 70 60 84 147
ALLOPURINOL 67 67 85 65
GLIPIZIDE 67 59 85 61
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 66 65 87 44
PREDNISONE 66 49 87 54
CARVEDILOL 65 59 89 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 45 90 53
RAMIPRIL 64 50 90 47
DILTIAZEM HCL 63 50 92 136
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 62 38 93 201
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62 31 93 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 48 95 79
VERAPAMIL ER 61 59 95 122
LOVAZA 60 46 97 247
HYDROXYZINE HCL 60 39 R 97 141
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 58 46 99 160
SINGULAIR 56 12 100 108
LOVASTATIN 56 55 100 102
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 55 46 102 96
BACLOFEN 54 22 103 84
PROAIR HFA 53 27 104 131
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53 25 R 104 95
FENOFIBRATE 53 28 104 119
TIZANIDINE HCL 52 0 107 142
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 32 107 64
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 51 35 109 272
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 15, 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.