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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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41,323Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 98

$2.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 98

970 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 970 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 970 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 34,943 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 34.


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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 Massachusetts
WARFARIN SODIUM 2,596 2,368 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,663 1,534 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 1,334 1,109 3 6
LISINOPRIL 1,312 1,068 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,232 998 5 2
TRAZODONE HCL 1,095 1,004 6 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 994 906 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 966 856 8 8
MIRTAZAPINE 887 846 9 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 825 733 10 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 790 672 11 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 675 647 12 12
NAMENDA 605 596 13 18
GABAPENTIN 596 472 14 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 596 554 14 21
OLANZAPINE 545 519 16 24
METFORMIN HCL 540 423 17 15
SERTRALINE HCL 497 399 18 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 490 307 19 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 481 430 20 25
CRESTOR 473 421 21 51
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 445 379 22 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 423 347 23 16
ATENOLOL 402 327 24 14
TRAMADOL HCL 384 257 25 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 380 301 26 130
LANTUS 358 246 27 28
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 344 314 28 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 323 287 29 42
RISPERIDONE 310 220 30 27
FLUOXETINE HCL 305 232 31 48
PREDNISONE 269 244 32 31
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 231 209 33 45
DIGOXIN 223 223 34 40
CLOPIDOGREL 223 195 34 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 214 173 36 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 211 179 37 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 211 209 37 30
HUMALOG 203 171 39 96
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 200 178 40 44
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 199 188 41 113
LEVETIRACETAM 196 183 42 38
LIDODERM 192 176 43 29
ALLOPURINOL 191 176 44 43
RANITIDINE HCL 189 133 45 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 185 173 46 36
DIOVAN 178 161 47 57
SEROQUEL 177 156 48 52
GLIPIZIDE 174 167 49 37
LEVOFLOXACIN 167 154 50 63
FINASTERIDE 167 150 50 49
CYMBALTA 166 163 52 47
CARVEDILOL 164 125 53 72
EXELON 163 146 54 77
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 160 132 55 34
IBUPROFEN 160 91 55 74
ROPINIROLE HCL 158 148 57 91
BUMETANIDE 154 139 58 124
ADVAIR DISKUS 153 110 59 32
NOVOLOG 149 146 60 54
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 148 118 61 115
NYSTATIN 148 125 61 56
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 145 136 63 86
BACLOFEN 145 69 63 59
METFORMIN HCL ER 144 103 65 139
CEPHALEXIN 140 125 66 92
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 139 136 67 41
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 138 127 68 98
FENTANYL 138 80 S2 68 129
PROAIR HFA 137 68 70 58
HYDRALAZINE HCL 136 129 71 75
AZITHROMYCIN 134 111 72 104
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 133 105 73 162
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 132 123 74 60
PAROXETINE HCL 130 122 75 73
SPIRIVA 126 91 76 46
PEN NEEDLE 126 115 76 181
LEVEMIR 124 97 78 110
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 122 81 S2 79 78
LACTULOSE 122 92 79 62
CELEBREX 120 93 81 119
PLAVIX 117 106 82 76
CLONIDINE HCL 117 69 82 108
ABILIFY 117 72 82 66
GEMFIBROZIL 115 56 85 125
NYAMYC 113 110 86 221
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 112 59 87 150
BUPROPION HCL 110 80 88 96
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 110 87 88 102
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 109 81 R 90 89
TIMOLOL MALEATE 106 106 91 118
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 105 98 92 231
LAMOTRIGINE 100 74 93 87
TERAZOSIN HCL 100 77 93 94
BUPROPION HCL SR 94 69 95 100
GLUCAGEN 93 84 96 165
LYRICA 92 50 97 133
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 92 90 97 65
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 88 64 99 84
HALOPERIDOL 88 67 99 112
NITROFURANTOIN 88 87 99 173
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 87 67 102 106
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 87 79 102 114
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 83 81 104 83
OXYCODONE HCL 82 51 S2 105 61
FENOFIBRATE 81 73 106 152
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 80 68 S3 107 252
MECLIZINE HCL 79 75 108 164
NITROSTAT 79 71 108 207
AGGRENOX 78 51 110 103
RAMIPRIL 78 78 110 109
MUPIROCIN 77 59 112 123
INSULIN SYRINGE 76 22 113 149
NABUMETONE 76 68 113 174
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 76 75 113 203
DETROL LA 75 61 116 196
SINGULAIR 74 65 117 117
NEXIUM 74 48 117 161
NIFEDIPINE ER 73 61 119 68
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 73 58 119 88
LOVASTATIN 72 69 121 81
MELOXICAM 71 71 122 163
COMBIVENT 70 40 123 188
NIASPAN 70 39 123 211
ERYTHROMYCIN 69 68 125 107
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 69 23 125 90
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 68 61 127 219
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 68 60 127 202
SYMBICORT 67 60 129 187
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 66 39 S2 130 177
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 49 R 130 167
LANSOPRAZOLE 65 58 132 220
DOXEPIN HCL 64 50 133 207
GALANTAMINE HBR 62 57 134 180
NAPROXEN 62 40 134 207
CARBAMAZEPINE 62 44 134 159
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 62 56 S3 134 39
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 0 R 138 203
NYSTOP 59 42 139 64
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 32 139 218
MORPHINE SULFATE 59 50 S2 139 273
GLIPIZIDE ER 58 42 142 121
LATANOPROST 56 47 143 67
ZETIA 56 41 143 144
COLCRYS 54 47 145 137
NOVOLIN N 53 53 146 85
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 53 50 146 194
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 38 146 71
PROPRANOLOL HCL 52 52 149 105
SUCRALFATE 51 30 150 192
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 50 48 151 215
MEGACE ES 50 50 R 151 299
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.