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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,757Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 117

$938K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 117

448 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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

14% of this provider’s 448 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 12,879 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$60 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
SIMVASTATIN 518 453 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 491 423 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 480 413 3 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 455 455 4 10
LISINOPRIL 422 373 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 384 322 6 9
FUROSEMIDE 362 296 7 4
NAMENDA 355 327 8 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 328 279 9 8
RISPERIDONE 301 237 10 35
MIRTAZAPINE 296 290 11 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 292 221 12 13
TRAMADOL HCL 219 187 13 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 201 171 14 11
METFORMIN HCL 192 158 15 15
GABAPENTIN 184 164 16 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 181 144 S3 17 3
CLOPIDOGREL 179 149 18 30
CYMBALTA 168 131 19 27
CLONIDINE HCL 160 135 20 52
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 156 148 21 17
NOVOLIN R 155 100 22 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 155 154 22 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 150 125 24 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 132 25 28
CARVEDILOL 140 89 26 22
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 138 107 27 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 136 116 28 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 136 128 28 20
SERTRALINE HCL 135 85 30 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 133 106 31 37
TRAZODONE HCL 133 112 31 23
DIOVAN 128 123 33 38
PLAVIX 120 101 34 41
LANTUS 119 81 35 25
LEVOFLOXACIN 119 94 35 55
FAMOTIDINE 113 99 37 49
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 100 38 26
LEVETIRACETAM 104 54 39 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 103 84 40 18
SANTYL 99 86 41 100
EXELON 99 85 41 34
NYSTATIN 98 70 43 81
BACLOFEN 98 83 43 74
LYRICA 96 39 45 73
ATENOLOL 96 85 45 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 90 45 90
DIGOXIN 94 78 48 45
NOVOLOG 93 85 49 60
LIDODERM 89 81 50 62
NEXIUM 86 45 51 36
ONDANSETRON HCL 86 46 51 202
GLIPIZIDE 86 80 51 51
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 86 78 51 53
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 70 55 48
KLOR-CON M20 77 44 56 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75 53 57 24
CARAFATE 71 71 58 242
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 71 60 58 39
CLONIDINE 70 57 60 136
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 48 60 69
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 70 64 60 79
LACTULOSE 69 53 63 65
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 69 54 63 33
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 56 65 106
LATANOPROST 67 67 66 84
FINASTERIDE 66 66 67 111
KLOR-CON M10 65 62 68 76
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 63 68 87
HYDRALAZINE HCL 65 61 68 50
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 63 25 R 71 97
ABILIFY 62 62 72 75
MUPIROCIN 60 32 73 113
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 59 45 74 93
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 47 75 72
SUCRALFATE 55 42 76 162
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 18 77 95
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 52 40 78 68
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 51 49 79 100
LEXAPRO 50 40 80 86
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 Oct. 14, 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.