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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,870Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 63 out of 117

$308K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 65 out of 117

201 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
63%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 201 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 2,973 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
MELOXICAM 313 185 1 61
LOVASTATIN 251 123 2 40
DESOXIMETASONE 213 125 3 161
SIMVASTATIN 198 118 4 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 158 77 S3 5 7
METFORMIN HCL 157 69 6 11
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 133 68 7 149
METFORMIN HCL ER 132 61 8 97
NAPROXEN 120 58 9 81
DIOVAN 115 73 10 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 105 32 11 27
CARVEDILOL 98 57 12 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 87 46 13 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 87 60 13 5
GABAPENTIN 82 32 15 16
HYDROXYZINE HCL 77 22 R 16 172
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 14 17 108
OMEPRAZOLE 76 36 17 6
LIDODERM 71 31 19 46
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 69 26 20 93
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 66 47 21 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 19 21 72
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 64 55 23 2
LYRICA 62 28 24 92
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 62 49 24 23
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 62 34 S3 24 76
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 20 27 103
BUPROPION HCL SR 59 0 28 190
FUROSEMIDE 55 36 29 3
UNIFINE PENTIPS 54 19 30 251
LIDOCAINE 54 23 30 132
LISINOPRIL 51 24 32 4
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. 7, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.