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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,321Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 98 out of 828

$365K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 203 out of 828

415 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Texas
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 415 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $111 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Texas
METFORMIN HCL 213 208* 42 1 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 200 182 45 2 3
CRESTOR 164 164 41 3 23
CLOPIDOGREL 164 164 32 3 9
FUROSEMIDE 146 141* 41 5 7
LISINOPRIL 130 125* 23 6 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 118* 22 7 11
NEXIUM 110 105* 26 8 12
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 104 104 26 9 69
NAMENDA 97 <11 <11 10 26
LEVOFLOXACIN 97 92* 68 10 81
OMEPRAZOLE 96 96 24 12 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 91 91 22 13 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 89 89 21 14 2
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 82 82 18 15 62
MECLIZINE HCL 79 79 22 16 191
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 74 74 19 17 8
LORAZEPAM 74 69* 20 B 17 51
SIMVASTATIN 72 72 17 19 6
MELOXICAM 72 72 16 19 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 70 18 21 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 70 15 21 50
ALPRAZOLAM 66 61* 19 B 23 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 65 25 S3 24 1
DIOVAN 61 61 11 25 42
TEMAZEPAM 61 61 13 B 25 99
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 57 57 16 R 27 201
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 <11 <11 28 76
EXFORGE 50 45* 13 29 247
CLONIDINE HCL 50 50 11 29 41
CARVEDILOL 50 45* 11 29 13
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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.