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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,830Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 79

$1.42M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 79

475 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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

6% of this provider’s 475 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

38% of this provider’s 475 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 17,038 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

50 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 973 765 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 837 598 S3 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 705 531 3 3
NAMENDA 690 581 4 9
LISINOPRIL 673 561 5 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 669 498 6 1
MIRTAZAPINE 613 477 7 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 605 464 8 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 536 384 9 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 475 367 10 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 413 311 11 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 373 332 12 8
GABAPENTIN 370 183 13 12
CARVEDILOL 366 308 14 21
RANITIDINE HCL 353 266 15 33
TRAZODONE HCL 348 215 16 19
NOVOLIN R 341 254 17 39
RISPERIDONE 327 199 18 24
OMEPRAZOLE 310 213 19 7
LEVETIRACETAM 287 159 20 43
METFORMIN HCL 283 188 21 13
RAMIPRIL 265 196 22 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 259 200 23 79
CITALOPRAM HBR 258 202 24 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 240 153 25 28
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 236 180 26 44
BACLOFEN 229 78 27 84
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 216 170 28 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 211 130 29 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 196 139 30 30
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 194 77 R 31 72
LANTUS 193 136 32 26
SANTYL 192 132 33 92
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 185 121 34 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 174 150 35 36
KLOR-CON M10 167 143 36 68
NEXIUM 163 125 37 34
SEROQUEL 161 107 38 51
MUPIROCIN 155 113 39 98
OLANZAPINE 144 91 40 57
SERTRALINE HCL 142 79 41 16
LACTULOSE 139 87 42 40
JANTOVEN 136 134 43 91
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 130 51 44 85
ALLOPURINOL 129 110 45 65
FAMOTIDINE 124 87 46 60
NOVOLIN 70-30 123 111 47 82
TRAMADOL HCL 121 90 48 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 119 73 49 64
EXELON 117 94 50 41
DIGOXIN 116 103 51 42
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 115 71 52 96
PROMETHAZINE HCL 113 79 R 53 76
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 101 54 22
KLOR-CON M20 110 71 55 63
CLONIDINE HCL 106 64 56 49
VALPROIC ACID 100 39 57 117
CLOPIDOGREL 100 71 57 31
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 97 83 59 104
HUMULIN R 97 44 59 129
HYDRALAZINE HCL 96 61 61 67
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 95 64 62 93
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 94 59 63 114
LEVEMIR 91 54 64 99
GLYBURIDE 88 65 R 65 78
CYMBALTA 88 64 65 27
TRAVATAN Z 86 73 67 100
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 65 68 47
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 82 68 69 38
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 81 67 70 81
FLUOXETINE HCL 78 58 71 124
LIDODERM 78 67 71 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 78 59 71 23
HALOPERIDOL 77 68 74 106
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 76 48 75 190
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 72 70 76 35
FINASTERIDE 69 64 77 97
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 69 77 59
LYRICA 68 24 79 73
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 53 80 37
NAPROXEN 67 50 80 120
ATENOLOL 65 53 82 45
MEGACE ES 65 48 R 82 237
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 64 45 84 115
NYSTATIN 64 46 84 80
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 32 84 58
CLOTRIMAZOLE 62 34 87 184
LEVOFLOXACIN 61 54 88 68
FENTANYL 59 45 S2 89 101
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 59 36 89 129
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 59 48 89 71
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 15 92 254
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 56 92 32
METOLAZONE 56 29 94 112
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 32 94 70
LATANOPROST 54 53 96 88
PREDNISONE 53 49 97 54
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 53 43 97 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE 52 26 99 177
GENERLAC 52 0 99 103
JANUVIA 51 36 101 89
PLAVIX 50 34 102 46
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 Feb. 24, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.