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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Adult Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,456Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 59

$853K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 59

487 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

3% of this provider’s 487 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,924 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

46% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$132 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $71 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 403 386 1 4
METFORMIN HCL 199 177 2 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 191 185 3 20
CRESTOR 177 166 4 23
SIMVASTATIN 161 146 5 1
RANITIDINE HCL 146 138 6 51
TRAMADOL HCL 140 127 7 10
LOVAZA 138 125 8 74
DIOVAN 137 131 9 38
MELOXICAM 130 110 10 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 128 116 11 12
TRICOR 126 119 12 79
PATANOL 108 105 13 180
ACTONEL 103 103 14 154
ZOSTAVAX 96 93 15 111
NEXIUM 94 77 16 14
AMOXICILLIN 94 81 16 114
LIDODERM 90 88 18 104
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 81 78 19 160
LISINOPRIL 81 66 19 2
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 78 74 21 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 75 21 58
ATENOLOL 77 77 23 28
CLONIDINE HCL 72 65 24 55
NASONEX 67 58 25 126
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 55 26 11
DIOVAN HCT 63 58 26 65
PROAIR HFA 61 56 28 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 59 29 27
ALLOPURINOL 56 55 30 42
FLUOCINONIDE 54 51 31 229
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 52 36 32 15
GLIPIZIDE ER 51 45 33 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 46 33 34
ONGLYZA 51 51 33 181
LOVASTATIN 51 47 33 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 44 33 21
SINGULAIR 50 44 38 85
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 Sept. 19, 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.