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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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48,572Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 79

$2.31M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 79

1,216 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 1,216 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 1,216 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 43,692 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $60 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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 2,595 2,462 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 2,234 2,073 2 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 2,186 2,021 10 3 11
LISINOPRIL 1,519 1,425 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 1,512 1,371 5 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,391 1,363 6 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,369 1,129 S3 7 5
SIMVASTATIN 1,317 1,176 8 3
GABAPENTIN 1,057 973 9 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,050 965 10 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,048 942 11 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 924 842 12 10
NAMENDA 897 881 13 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 789 683 14 20
SERTRALINE HCL 696 588 15 16
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 634 619 16 25
MIRTAZAPINE 628 558 17 15
CYMBALTA 613 523 18 27
CARVEDILOL 558 500 19 21
TRAMADOL HCL 551 507 20 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 532 502 21 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 528 510 22 23
DIGOXIN 429 403 23 42
LANTUS 413 346 24 26
SPIRONOLACTONE 411 367 25 64
CLOPIDOGREL 394 377 26 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 387 366 27 47
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 362 290 28 22
METFORMIN HCL 343 316 29 13
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 336 280 30 29
RAMIPRIL 328 245 31 47
SEROQUEL 315 283 32 51
TRAZODONE HCL 313 238 33 19
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 312 299 34 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 303 271 35 32
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 294 283 36 58
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 283 265 37 35
NOVOLIN R 274 261 38 39
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 253 227 39 50
ROPINIROLE HCL 247 237 40 109
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 246 241 41 37
PREDNISONE 245 205 42 54
LEXAPRO 240 237 43 90
ATENOLOL 239 200 44 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 237 190 45 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 234 218 46 44
ADVAIR DISKUS 233 208 47 70
CLONIDINE HCL 231 172 48 49
OLANZAPINE 227 194 49 57
PLAVIX 224 214 50 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 219 198 51 30
ABILIFY 218 174 52 74
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 211 187 53 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 207 174 54 36
PAROXETINE HCL 201 182 55 87
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 191 177 56 71
EXELON 181 181 57 41
FENTANYL 179 141 S2 58 101
RANITIDINE HCL 178 166 59 33
METHOCARBAMOL 177 142 R 60 139
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 175 154 61 79
SPIRIVA 170 130 62 94
ALLOPURINOL 165 165 63 65
MELOXICAM 164 149 64 52
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 163 89 65 96
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 162 103 66 126
LEVOFLOXACIN 157 143 67 68
AMIODARONE HCL 150 148 68 123
DIOVAN 146 128 69 56
NOVOLOG 144 109 70 66
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 144 120 70 93
LEVETIRACETAM 140 121 72 43
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 140 112 72 85
GLIMEPIRIDE 139 135 74 77
RISPERIDONE 139 100 74 24
FAMOTIDINE 133 125 76 60
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 133 133 76 190
PROMETHAZINE HCL 132 121 R 78 76
CEFTRIAXONE 129 111 79 107
LACTULOSE 128 95 80 40
NYSTATIN 128 115 80 80
CRESTOR 126 121 82 62
CEPHALEXIN 124 110 83 121
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 119 109 84 110
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 119 114 84 115
METOLAZONE 118 116 86 112
NEXIUM 115 112 87 34
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 113 100 88 145
LIDOCAINE HCL 113 97 88 127
BUPROPION XL 113 52 88 173
HYDRALAZINE HCL 113 101 88 67
HUMULIN R 111 109 92 129
LUMIGAN 108 93 93 205
GLYBURIDE 106 102 R 94 78
SINGULAIR 106 86 94 108
METHOTREXATE 105 92 96 207
GALANTAMINE HBR 104 104 97 168
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 103 92 98 81
AZITHROMYCIN 97 88 99 75
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 95 82 100 129
LOVASTATIN 93 93 101 102
NITROFURANTOIN 91 87 102 181
GLIPIZIDE 90 76 103 61
DETROL LA 87 82 104 137
CELEBREX 87 60 104 165
LYRICA 87 74 104 73
TORSEMIDE 87 87 104 182
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 84 72 108 105
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 83 57 R 109 95
HYDROXYZINE HCL 81 74 R 110 141
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 81 74 110 86
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 79 64 R 112 134
LATANOPROST 78 72 113 88
KLOR-CON M20 77 70 114 63
ZETIA 77 77 114 138
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 70 116 53
PATANOL 74 74 116 151
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 73 68 118 132
CILOSTAZOL 73 63 118 178
CLONIDINE 68 58 120 162
BUSPIRONE HCL 68 68 120 135
MEGESTROL ACETATE 68 64 R 120 146
PREMARIN 66 49 R 123 159
FLUCONAZOLE 66 55 123 152
PRIMIDONE 65 48 125 237
CARBAMAZEPINE 65 61 125 190
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 54 127 199
SUCRALFATE 64 61 127 178
BACLOFEN 63 27 129 84
METFORMIN HCL ER 63 48 129 166
NITROSTAT 63 60 129 244
VERAPAMIL ER 63 63 129 122
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 61 60 133 196
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 50 133 163
LUNESTA 60 55 135 247
HYDROCORTISONE 59 58 136 251
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 57 47 137 190
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 47 138 176
SOTALOL 56 49 138 256
EVISTA 56 56 138 256
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 55 44 141 261
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 54 54 142 114
PATADAY 54 54 142 264
JANUVIA 53 53 144 89
OXCARBAZEPINE 53 39 144 268
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 49 144 124
TOVIAZ 52 52 147 269
MUPIROCIN 52 45 147 98
RESTASIS 51 51 149 187
CALCITONIN-SALMON 50 50 150 275
FORTICAL 50 50 150 205
SYMBICORT 50 29 150 275
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 17, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.