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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,697Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 36

$1.56M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 36

535 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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 New Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 535 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 535 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,468 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 New Jersey
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 887 828 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 838 723 2 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 601 522 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 569 466 4 3
NAMENDA 532 515 5 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 491 472 6 10
FUROSEMIDE 456 422 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 456 396 7 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 445 405 9 8
OMEPRAZOLE 411 335 10 6
FAMOTIDINE 410 363 11 17
LISINOPRIL 401 351 12 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 330 289 13 13
MIRTAZAPINE 264 233 14 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 250 239 15 34
GABAPENTIN 248 145 16 20
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 245 232 S2 17 29
CRESTOR 244 177 18 50
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 241 209 19 11
NEXIUM 241 222 19 35
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 237 203 21 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 235 197 22 23
EXELON 232 232 23 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 229 221 24 19
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 204 199 25 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 200 174 26 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194 165 27 14
DIOVAN 193 149 28 36
FENTANYL 176 131 S2 29 43
RISPERIDONE 175 153 30 28
SERTRALINE HCL 172 116 31 15
LACTULOSE 169 163 32 27
CLOPIDOGREL 166 155 33 30
LIDODERM 155 152 34 41
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 152 120 35 22
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 143 112 36 40
TRAMADOL HCL 142 121 37 39
LOVAZA 135 110 38 92
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 135 99 38 26
CLONIDINE HCL 131 125 40 96
ATENOLOL 130 128 41 18
PLAVIX 128 121 42 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 127 110 43 31
CYMBALTA 126 111 44 80
CARVEDILOL 114 72 45 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 113 99 46 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111 69 47 32
MUPIROCIN 109 97 48 75
LATANOPROST 102 102 49 97
GLIPIZIDE 101 96 50 69
LEVETIRACETAM 99 65 51 49
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 96 89 52 38
LANTUS 92 90 53 43
KETOCONAZOLE 92 44 53 102
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 91 87 55 52
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 90 85 56 101
PREDNISONE 87 77 57 55
SANTYL 86 69 58 72
NOVOLOG 86 84 58 98
SINGULAIR 85 55 60 94
GLIMEPIRIDE 85 72 60 53
DIGOXIN 83 63 62 46
BACLOFEN 77 30 63 179
ALLOPURINOL 76 57 64 59
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 76 75 64 71
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 76 70 64 64
OXYCONTIN 73 66 S2 67 104
LIPITOR 71 57 68 78
AZITHROMYCIN 69 64 69 66
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 68 62 S3 70 114
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65 44 71 187
PAROXETINE HCL 65 65 71 57
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 65 51 71 176
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 45 74 127
CLONIDINE 62 62 75 182
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 62 60 75 136
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 61 45 77 143
PROPRANOLOL HCL 61 28 77 237
OLANZAPINE 60 55 79 86
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 53 80 108
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 49 81 149
HYDRALAZINE HCL 56 52 82 90
SUCRALFATE 55 47 83 245
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 55 47 83 151
TIMOLOL MALEATE 55 55 83 142
SPIRIVA 55 55 83 73
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 55 38 83 94
FLUOCINONIDE 54 53 88 248
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 48 88 112
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 53 39 90 51
DILTIAZEM HCL 53 53 90 190
PRANDIN 53 45 90 138
TRICOR 53 53 90 174
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 52 52 94 93
NYSTATIN 51 24 95 117
ABILIFY 50 43 96 87
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 June 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.