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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,869Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 117

$659K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 117

318 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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 Illinois
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 318 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 318 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 11,516 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 Illinois
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 464 452 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 427 418 2 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 419 408 3 9
SIMVASTATIN 363 336 4 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 338 338 5 10
NAMENDA 318 318 6 14
GABAPENTIN 278 270 7 16
FUROSEMIDE 277 270 8 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 238 232 S3 9 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 204 204 10 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 176 176 11 12
FAMOTIDINE 174 174 12 38
SERTRALINE HCL 173 162 13 22
MIRTAZAPINE 157 145 14 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 156 156 15 8
BUMETANIDE 154 154 16 96
LISINOPRIL 149 140 17 4
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 145 144 18 36
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 145 145 18 45
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 137 137 20 32
TRAMADOL HCL 128 121 21 18
ATENOLOL 121 116 22 20
CARVEDILOL 118 109 23 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 114 114 24 5
LIDODERM 108 108 25 46
CYMBALTA 106 93 26 59
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 103 103 27 65
TRAZODONE HCL 100 95 28 44
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 100 99 28 27
SPIRONOLACTONE 96 96 30 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95 95 31 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 94 32 15
KLOR-CON M20 93 93 33 34
GLIPIZIDE 91 91 34 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 91 90 34 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 90 89 36 17
RISPERIDONE 85 85 37 39
DIOVAN 85 85 37 31
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 81 81 39 52
CLOPIDOGREL 80 80 40 30
LYRICA 78 74 41 92
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 72 72 42 26
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 70 52 43 108
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 65 44 80
CELEBREX 68 66 44 85
PREDNISONE 67 67 46 49
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 66 66 47 42
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 65 65 48 75
PLAVIX 65 60 48 47
CLONIDINE HCL 63 58 50 73
METOLAZONE 62 62 51 112
SEROQUEL 61 58 52 124
NYSTATIN 60 58 53 98
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 60 58 53 99
CRESTOR 59 59 55 50
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 57 51 56 23
METFORMIN HCL 55 44 57 11
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 53 53 S2 58 255
LEVETIRACETAM 52 45 59 71
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 52 52 59 29
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 39 61 105
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 Oct. 8, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.