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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,515Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 103 out of 823

$354K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 164 out of 823

166 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
3% 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 166 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 4,358 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$78 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 198 196 1 9
FUROSEMIDE 133 133 2 7
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 128 127 R 3 89
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 127 127 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 123 123 5 2
PREDNISONE 112 107 6 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 108 108 7 3
METFORMIN HCL 92 92 8 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 88 88 9 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 85 10 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 84 84 11 13
SYNTHROID 69 57 12 37
LISINOPRIL 68 56 13 4
RAMIPRIL 66 66 14 69
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 61 S3 15 1
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 61 16 57
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 59 16 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 60 60 18 26
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 58 19 94
OMEPRAZOLE 57 57 20 5
CRESTOR 54 54 21 20
GABAPENTIN 53 44 22 8
SERTRALINE HCL 53 53 22 38
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 51 24 163
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 12, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.