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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,597Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 63

$850K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 63

224 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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
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this specialty
in Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 224 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 224 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,476 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Maryland
SIMVASTATIN 511 417 1 5
FUROSEMIDE 419 371 2 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 368 217 3 9
MIRTAZAPINE 354 298 4 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 294 221 5 7
LISINOPRIL 274 222 6 2
GABAPENTIN 270 204 7 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 263 236 8 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 252 194 9 1
OMEPRAZOLE 251 193 10 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 250 210 11 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 241 233 12 14
TRAZODONE HCL 236 204 13 18
KLOR-CON M20 219 180 14 31
RISPERIDONE 190 151 15 33
RANITIDINE HCL 183 159 16 27
TRAMADOL HCL 181 167 17 12
SERTRALINE HCL 164 129 18 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 162 132 19 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 161 146 20 20
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 159 126 21 35
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 156 93 S2 22 82
METFORMIN HCL 156 121 22 17
LEVETIRACETAM 140 85 24 45
FENTANYL 140 82 S2 24 67
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 130 128 26 34
LOVASTATIN 130 130 26 25
LANTUS 128 111 28 29
LACTULOSE 126 68 29 47
NAMENDA 125 110 30 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 121 114 31 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 109 88 32 30
CARVEDILOL 103 102 33 39
BACLOFEN 103 34 33 70
NOVOLOG 101 88 35 52
LYRICA 96 38 36 81
GLIPIZIDE 95 95 37 53
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 79 38 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 89 53 39 26
CLONIDINE HCL 88 53 40 49
HALOPERIDOL 86 77 41 97
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 85 62 42 23
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 84 72 43 100
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 83 71 R 44 92
LIDODERM 83 66 44 65
ABILIFY 81 61 46 121
SANTYL 76 50 47 64
KLOR-CON 10 75 46 48 74
ATENOLOL 73 67 49 22
FAMOTIDINE 73 52 49 106
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 72 56 51 10
SPIRIVA 72 70 51 89
CYMBALTA 69 47 53 43
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 69 55 53 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 69 54 53 32
FLUOCINONIDE 66 38 56 133
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 63 21 S2 57 139
PROMETHAZINE HCL 61 43 R 58 141
DIGOXIN 60 60 59 50
SODIUM CHLORIDE 60 57 59 104
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 41 S3 61 36
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 57 44 62 85
CLOPIDOGREL 57 46 62 37
CARBAMAZEPINE 57 36 62 94
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 56 62 46
PREDNISONE 56 41 66 54
OLANZAPINE 55 13 67 56
TIMOLOL MALEATE 55 55 67 150
ARANESP 51 51 69 159
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 51 69 15
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 37 69 57
HUMALOG 50 43 72 87
BUPROPION HCL 50 29 72 114
NEXIUM 50 39 72 72
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 19 72 105
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. 10, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.