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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,769Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 33 out of 117

$507K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 117

413 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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 Illinois
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 413 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 413 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 7,970 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 379 359 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 347 323 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 324 313 3 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 313 292 4 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 280 274 5 10
LISINOPRIL 277 268 6 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 259 259 7 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 235 203 8 8
OMEPRAZOLE 234 224 9 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 209 187 S3 10 7
FUROSEMIDE 188 177 11 3
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 174 174 12 21
NAMENDA 148 148 13 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 108 106 14 19
ATENOLOL 98 82 15 20
GABAPENTIN 96 85 16 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 87 86 17 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 75 17 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 86 19 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 83 20 13
METFORMIN HCL 77 77 21 11
TRAMADOL HCL 72 67 22 18
MIRTAZAPINE 71 71 23 25
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 71 60 23 33
SERTRALINE HCL 71 71 23 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 68 68 26 17
PREDNISONE 68 67 26 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 57 26 52
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 60 29 29
NIASPAN 61 54 29 159
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 38 29 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 59 56 32 28
PRANDIN 58 54 33 194
ALLOPURINOL 57 50 34 48
TRAZODONE HCL 55 55 35 44
VANCOMYCIN HCL 54 14 36 140
AZITHROMYCIN 53 53 37 57
DIGOXIN 53 53 37 35
ZETIA 51 39 39 86
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 51 43 39 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 43 41 70
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.