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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,802Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 189

$440K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 189

669 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

8% of this provider’s 669 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 4,925 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 393 275 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 321 197 2 7
METFORMIN HCL 280 212 3 6
TRAMADOL HCL 268 138 4 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 252 189 5 5
SIMVASTATIN 250 176 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 237 170 7 8
GABAPENTIN 235 127 8 15
NEXIUM 198 118 9 9
MELOXICAM 175 151 10 21
VOLTAREN 169 134 11 143
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 157 113 12 127
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 152 116 13 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 147 114 14 13
IBUPROFEN 140 108 15 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 113 76 16 11
GLYBURIDE 108 81 R 17 54
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 106 76 18 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 100 49 19 10
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 99 28 R 20 66
CARVEDILOL 94 52 21 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 45 22 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 81 46 23 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 77 66 24 26
DICYCLOMINE HCL 76 61 25 212
PROAIR HFA 74 34 26 83
NOVOLIN 70-30 67 38 27 110
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 67 57 27 81
INSULIN SYRINGE 65 46 29 80
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 16 S3 30 1
RANITIDINE HCL 60 37 30 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 56 37 32 25
PLAVIX 55 39 33 38
TRAZODONE HCL 52 26 34 41
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 47 35 27
AZITHROMYCIN 51 25 35 30
CRESTOR 51 43 35 20
MECLIZINE HCL 51 37 35 108
CLONIDINE HCL 51 24 35 37
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 March 10, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.