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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,306Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 58 out of 823

$730K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 53 out of 823

1,746 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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

1% of this provider’s 1,746 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,924 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

39% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$116 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

4 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,193 868 1 5
NEXIUM 632 385 2 10
DEXILANT 565 299 3 52
RANITIDINE HCL 518 366 4 74
GAVILYTE-N 455 300 10 5 112
PEG-3350 WITH FLAVOR PACKS 322 221 6 104
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 233 133 7 87
AMITIZA 225 106 8 215
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 219 162 9 30
MOVIPREP 152 115 10 118
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 120 48 11 95
SUCRALFATE 102 46 12 154
TRILYTE WITH FLAVOR PACKETS 100 65 13 248
CHOLESTYRAMINE 94 60 14 427
DICYCLOMINE HCL 89 26 15 145
METRONIDAZOLE 80 63 16 255
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 69 22 17 383
PROMETHAZINE HCL 68 17 R 18 158
LIALDA 59 54 10 19 486
CARAFATE 51 13 20 514
URSODIOL 51 35 20 316
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 April 19, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.