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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,007Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 119 out of 4623

$766K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 297 out of 4623

840 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

3% of this provider’s 840 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 1%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 840 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,045 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,328 543 S3 1 3
LISINOPRIL 959 697 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 877 674 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 605 548 4 5
METFORMIN HCL 593 466 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 397 326 6 55
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 374 293 7 12
OMEPRAZOLE 357 301 8 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 340 297 9 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 327 275 10 10
FUROSEMIDE 321 234 11 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 276 232 12 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 253 132 13 18
NEXIUM 246 168 14 17
CEPHALEXIN 244 165 15 84
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 237 166 16 9
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 212 169 R 17 56
JANUVIA 200 142 18 52
ETODOLAC 184 148 19 160
TRAMADOL HCL 182 136 20 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 180 168 21 22
NAPROXEN 178 96 22 63
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 168 123 23 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 151 126 24 35
INSULIN SYRINGE 145 113 25 85
GABAPENTIN 141 62 26 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 135 124 27 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 134 121 28 21
DIOVAN 129 119 29 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 127 96 30 13
GLIMEPIRIDE 122 67 31 38
SERTRALINE HCL 121 70 32 26
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 115 75 33 68
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 113 97 34 11
CARVEDILOL 106 94 35 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 105 46 36 23
DIOVAN HCT 99 71 37 67
ATENOLOL 95 80 38 28
PREDNISONE 94 64 39 50
IBUPROFEN 89 56 40 65
GLIPIZIDE ER 89 65 40 86
GLIPIZIDE 88 78 42 49
GLIPIZIDE XL 86 61 43 184
LANTUS 86 57 43 44
GLYBURIDE 85 60 R 45 59
CRESTOR 79 54 46 20
GEMFIBROZIL 77 62 47 94
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 74 48 46
AZITHROMYCIN 75 48 49 33
PAROXETINE HCL 73 54 50 78
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 72 48 51 60
ACTOS 71 63 52 87
HUMULIN 70-30 71 58 52 202
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 70 60 54 459
FENOFIBRATE 64 49 55 54
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64 48 55 70
DONEPEZIL HCL 64 46 55 30
SYMBICORT 63 48 58 151
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 63 45 58 91
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 23 60 124
CLOPIDOGREL 62 52 60 31
METFORMIN HCL ER 61 60 62 51
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 52 62 43
LYRICA 60 30 64 66
FAMOTIDINE 59 43 65 82
WARFARIN SODIUM 59 50 65 24
CEFDINIR 59 44 65 129
CYMBALTA 58 33 68 48
TRAZODONE HCL 57 34 69 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 36 69 75
PLAVIX 56 47 71 45
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 55 22 R 72 53
TIZANIDINE HCL 55 16 72 111
JANUMET 54 40 74 136
MELOXICAM 53 37 75 27
DIGOXIN 51 46 76 58
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 14 R 76 69
RANITIDINE HCL 51 30 76 47
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 Jan. 3, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.