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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,275Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 823

$1.5M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 823

991 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

18% of this provider’s 991 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 11,920 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$98 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $103 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
LISINOPRIL 732 601 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 702 593 2 2
METFORMIN HCL 579 440 3 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 473 392 4 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 471 314 S3 5 1
SERTRALINE HCL 422 331 6 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 376 312 7 3
OMEPRAZOLE 353 264 8 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 326 311 9 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 310 214 10 17
CRESTOR 260 196 11 20
NEXIUM 242 192 12 10
TRAMADOL HCL 236 190 13 15
GABAPENTIN 217 174 14 8
MELOXICAM 213 172 15 27
CARVEDILOL 211 191 16 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 181 176 17 21
AZITHROMYCIN 181 135 17 48
TRICOR 179 130 19 150
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 175 143 20 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 127 20 39
IBUPROFEN 174 103 22 103
FUROSEMIDE 162 132 23 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 160 139 24 51
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 158 136 25 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 126 26 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 127 106 27 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 104 28 29
ACTOS 116 92 29 130
FENOFIBRATE 116 96 29 152
CLOPIDOGREL 116 99 29 16
JANUVIA 107 94 32 70
MECLIZINE HCL 106 91 33 184
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 101 78 34 32
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 100 97 35 81
GLIPIZIDE 99 80 36 105
PLAVIX 98 83 37 25
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 97 74 R 38 121
PEN NEEDLE 96 72 39 96
LOVAZA 93 68 40 117
BENICAR 89 66 41 232
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 74 42 57
GLYBURIDE 85 53 R 43 150
SINGULAIR 85 61 43 120
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 80 65 45 22
LANTUS 77 50 46 76
AVODART 77 72 46 167
BENICAR HCT 75 58 48 195
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 73 51 49 30
JANUMET 72 57 50 193
CLONIDINE HCL 72 53 50 41
GLIPIZIDE ER 71 61 52 229
RANITIDINE HCL 69 53 53 74
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 69 35 R 53 63
DIOVAN 69 47 53 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 52 56 68
DONEPEZIL HCL 63 62 57 24
BYSTOLIC 63 47 57 98
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 62 46 59 129
SYNTHROID 62 59 59 37
LOVASTATIN 61 52 61 132
CYMBALTA 59 40 62 40
NAPROXEN 59 51 62 93
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 59 39 62 221
PAROXETINE HCL 58 42 65 175
METFORMIN HCL ER 57 43 66 94
DICYCLOMINE HCL 55 29 67 145
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55 39 67 23
DIOVAN HCT 54 47 69 79
MEGESTROL ACETATE 53 51 R 70 241
NAMENDA 53 53 70 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 52 47 72 18
JALYN 52 41 72 335
INSULIN SYRINGE 50 30 74 125
ONGLYZA 50 35 74 275
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.