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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,361Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 107

$1.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 107

498 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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 Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 24,922 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

51 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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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 Pennsylvania
FUROSEMIDE 1,293 1,284 1 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,283 1,252 2 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,127 1,114 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 818 810 4 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 809 797 5 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 713 713 6 10
LISINOPRIL 703 703 7 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 695 690 8 5
SERTRALINE HCL 544 532 9 12
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 473 462 10 24
NAMENDA 468 468 11 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 464 461 12 18
MIRTAZAPINE 374 374 13 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 369 369 14 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 354 353 15 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 353 341 16 15
GABAPENTIN 321 292 17 11
KLOR-CON M20 309 309 18 45
SIMVASTATIN 302 289 19 2
METFORMIN HCL 274 271 20 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 248 244 21 14
ATENOLOL 233 233 22 21
LANTUS 227 226 23 34
CLOPIDOGREL 222 222 24 29
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 221 219 25 73
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 216 216 26 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 214 214 27 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 209 209 28 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 202 202 29 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 186 186 30 27
NEXIUM 169 151 31 61
JANUVIA 168 168 32 71
SPIRONOLACTONE 162 161 33 74
PLAVIX 160 160 34 43
EXELON 159 159 35 111
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 156 156 36 36
NOVOLOG 156 156 36 76
CARVEDILOL 153 153 38 25
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 152 152 39 56
TRAMADOL HCL 151 150 40 23
DIGOXIN 151 151 40 37
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 150 145 42 75
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 148 148 43 40
TRAZODONE HCL 130 130 44 22
FAMOTIDINE 129 129 45 42
CRESTOR 129 117 45 63
ROPINIROLE HCL 127 127 47 149
RISPERIDONE 124 124 48 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 111 111 49 47
RANITIDINE HCL 110 87 50 41
LOVASTATIN 107 92 51 51
SYNTHROID 107 105 51 85
LIDODERM 104 102 53 77
PAROXETINE HCL 100 100 54 80
PREDNISONE 99 95 55 39
CLONIDINE HCL 98 98 56 95
HUMALOG 97 97 57 79
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 95 93 58 107
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 94 94 59 89
CELEBREX 94 87 59 82
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 94 89 59 173
ALLOPURINOL 90 90 62 48
SINGULAIR 85 85 63 127
HYDRALAZINE HCL 85 85 63 58
KLOR-CON M10 85 85 63 97
BUSPIRONE HCL 85 85 63 82
DIOVAN 84 84 67 33
FINASTERIDE 82 82 68 72
CEPHALEXIN 81 77 69 120
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 80 80 70 54
AMIODARONE HCL 80 80 70 93
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 76 76 72 49
GEMFIBROZIL 75 75 73 166
BACLOFEN 75 62 73 64
AMITIZA 73 73 75 169
LUMIGAN 73 73 75 280
OLANZAPINE 72 72 77 57
BENICAR 72 63 77 183
DETROL LA 70 70 79 157
RAMIPRIL 69 69 80 134
SPIRIVA 69 69 80 69
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 68 68 82 38
TRICOR 67 64 83 148
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 64 64 84 70
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 64 62 S3 84 20
LANSOPRAZOLE 62 62 86 189
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 62 62 86 205
FLUOXETINE HCL 60 48 88 102
SOTALOL 59 59 89 226
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 58 90 121
GLIPIZIDE XL 56 56 91 194
LEVETIRACETAM 54 34 92 44
NITROFURANTOIN 52 51 93 317
LATANOPROST 52 52 93 94
VENLAFAXINE HCL 52 52 93 265
VERAPAMIL ER 51 51 96 171
METOLAZONE 50 50 97 168
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 Dec. 3, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.