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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,113Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 117

$604K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 117

189 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 189 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 189 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,501 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

54 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
FUROSEMIDE 365 364 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 328 319 2 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 300 299 3 9
SIMVASTATIN 270 250 4 1
LISINOPRIL 239 235 5 4
LIDODERM 228 227 6 46
OMEPRAZOLE 222 218 7 6
MIRTAZAPINE 222 199 7 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 213 213 9 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 211 202 10 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 210 186 11 32
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 198 197 12 2
NAMENDA 193 193 13 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 184 184 14 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 168 159 15 19
RISPERIDONE 167 167 16 39
FENTANYL 158 158 S2 17 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 157 134 18 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 143 123 19 26
GABAPENTIN 143 121 19 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 143 129 S3 19 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 135 125 22 17
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 127 127 23 65
SERTRALINE HCL 120 120 24 22
LANTUS 114 96 25 43
NYSTATIN 109 100 26 98
TRAMADOL HCL 101 95 27 18
METFORMIN HCL 100 100 28 11
CARVEDILOL 97 97 29 24
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 95 73 30 79
NOVOLOG 90 73 31 90
CLOPIDOGREL 89 80 32 30
KLOR-CON M10 88 88 33 89
JANUVIA 88 80 33 64
KLOR-CON M20 86 86 35 34
PROCRIT 84 68 36 153
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 78 71 37 101
TAMSULOSIN HCL 75 75 38 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 74 39 13
TORSEMIDE 73 73 40 118
DIOVAN 72 72 41 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 71 71 42 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 68 43 27
HYDRALAZINE HCL 69 66 44 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 65 45 51
PLAVIX 66 63 46 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 65 47 52
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 63 63 48 45
LEVETIRACETAM 61 61 49 71
DIGOXIN 59 59 50 35
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 47 R 51 133
HEPARIN SODIUM 52 18 52 78
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 52 52 149
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 43 54 80
ENABLEX 50 50 55 182
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 Feb. 25, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.