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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,708Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 54 out of 232

$505K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 232

756 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
9% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 756 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 756 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,461 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% 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

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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 California
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 469 468 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 246 246 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 242 242 3 2
LISINOPRIL 237 231 4 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 230 210 S3 5 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 220 220 6 8
FUROSEMIDE 207 189 7 7
OMEPRAZOLE 199 199 8 4
NAMENDA 198 191 9 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 184 184 10 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 181 176 11 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 172 172 12 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 157 147 13 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 144 14 16
PREDNISONE 142 142 15 49
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 141 140 16 66
SPIRONOLACTONE 138 138 17 77
PENTOXIFYLLINE 128 128 18 261
BENAZEPRIL HCL 125 122 19 31
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 121 117 20 17
DIGOXIN 114 114 21 37
METFORMIN HCL 111 100 22 9
TRAZODONE HCL 110 110 23 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108 108 24 23
CARVEDILOL 100 100 25 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 92 92 26 10
ATENOLOL 87 87 27 11
LOVASTATIN 86 86 28 25
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 86 82 28 68
CITALOPRAM HBR 85 84 30 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 84 30 15
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 77 77 32 342
TAMSULOSIN HCL 75 75 33 22
GLIPIZIDE 75 75 33 29
CELEBREX 70 70 35 63
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 63 36 32
TRAMADOL HCL 66 58 36 33
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 66 65 36 169
DIOVAN 61 61 39 27
CLOPIDOGREL 61 61 39 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 60 41 54
CHLORTHALIDONE 59 59 42 378
RANITIDINE HCL 58 51 43 61
ESTRADIOL 58 57 R 43 193
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 57 57 45 99
PREMARIN 56 55 R 46 155
BYSTOLIC 52 52 47 175
MELOXICAM 52 52 47 55
AZITHROMYCIN 50 45 49 51
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 Nov. 3, 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.