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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,189Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 68

$791K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 68

309 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%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 Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 309 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 309 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 14,014 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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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 Pennsylvania
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 592 592 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 505 457 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 468 444 3 5
LISINOPRIL 411 367 4 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 397 397 5 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 385 332 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 325 309 7 7
GABAPENTIN 313 306 8 12
FUROSEMIDE 308 295 9 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 295 295 10 6
NAMENDA 270 270 11 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 251 221 12 22
MIRTAZAPINE 231 231 13 15
HYDROCORTISONE 219 202 14 108
TRAMADOL HCL 211 199 15 23
FENTANYL 201 165 S2 16 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 187 183 17 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 179 179 18 37
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 169 161 19 52
NYSTATIN 167 165 20 74
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 164 109 S2 21 43
PREDNISONE 164 152 21 47
CLOPIDOGREL 160 159 23 31
TAMIFLU 152 141 24 165
DIGOXIN 139 139 25 45
LIDOCAINE HCL 138 137 26 207
METFORMIN HCL 134 111 27 14
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 134 134 27 81
OXYCODONE HCL 133 133 S2 29 75
SERTRALINE HCL 131 106 30 20
LYRICA 124 89 31 105
ADVAIR DISKUS 120 120 32 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 120 120 32 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 116 95 34 69
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 113 113 35 19
OXYCONTIN 113 108 S2 35 92
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 109 109 37 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 105 94 38 26
MORPHINE SULFATE 99 98 S2 39 135
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 99 99 39 50
CYMBALTA 99 99 39 59
RANITIDINE HCL 99 88 39 34
HUMALOG 97 86 43 72
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 94 81 44 18
RISPERIDONE 94 65 44 25
CARVEDILOL 93 93 46 27
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 92 92 47 61
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 90 90 48 85
NYSTOP 90 78 48 106
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 87 50 11
LEVOFLOXACIN 89 85 50 91
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 84 84 S3 52 17
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 83 83 53 121
PLAVIX 83 83 53 48
ATENOLOL 82 82 55 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 77 53 56 33
BUSPIRONE HCL 76 76 57 98
SPIRIVA 75 75 58 60
LEVETIRACETAM 74 46 59 44
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 72 72 60 128
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 63 60 88
FLUOXETINE HCL 68 68 62 113
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 67 29 63 49
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 66 66 64 210
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 63 63 65 77
BACLOFEN 62 44 66 82
LANTUS 61 61 67 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 48 68 28
AMOXICILLIN 59 57 69 116
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 53 70 55
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 56 56 71 277
BUDESONIDE 53 53 72 284
OLANZAPINE 53 53 72 82
HUMULIN 70-30 53 53 72 152
LAMOTRIGINE 53 27 72 156
NEXIUM 52 50 76 62
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 44 77 80
PEN NEEDLE 51 51 77 190
KLOR-CON M20 50 50 79 40
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. 30, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.