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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,741Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 14

$335K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 14

293 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 293 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 293 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,091 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 31.


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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 Kansas
FUROSEMIDE 476 457 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 440 402 2 5
LISINOPRIL 340 319 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 244 204 4 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 225 214 5 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 211 203 6 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 200 183 7 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 184 177 8 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 161 9 35
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 160 124 S3 10 2
OMEPRAZOLE 159 150 11 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 145 141 12 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 138 13 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 122 116 14 27
GABAPENTIN 115 98 15 11
METFORMIN HCL 108 104 16 20
SERTRALINE HCL 108 102 16 19
ALLOPURINOL 100 98 18 46
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 91 86 19 116
CITALOPRAM HBR 86 86 20 14
RANITIDINE HCL 83 83 21 48
TRAMADOL HCL 78 74 22 16
DIGOXIN 72 71 23 34
ATENOLOL 67 52 24 28
GLIPIZIDE 65 57 25 70
CARVEDILOL 62 53 26 17
LOVASTATIN 60 58 27 58
CAPTOPRIL 57 57 28 223
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 48 29 56
METFORMIN HCL ER 54 42 30 109
HUMALOG 54 52 30 114
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 52 44 32 25
HUMULIN 70-30 52 43 32 236
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 52 26 32 37
CLONIDINE HCL 50 43 35 54
FINASTERIDE 50 50 35 67
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 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.