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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,847Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 53

$786K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 53

602 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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 Missouri
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 602 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 602 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,313 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 31.


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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 Missouri
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 683 660 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 482 436 S3 2 6
LISINOPRIL 471 466 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 416 416 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 400 370 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 373 373 6 3
OMEPRAZOLE 330 325 7 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 304 291 8 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 293 293 9 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 253 253 10 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 234 234 11 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 233 228 12 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 231 230 13 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 224 224 14 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 209 209 15 7
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 207 200 16 31
GABAPENTIN 205 199 17 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 196 189 18 44
MIRTAZAPINE 191 191 19 14
NAMENDA 190 190 20 11
ATENOLOL 190 179 20 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 185 178 22 22
SYNTHROID 182 167 23 96
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 181 176 24 20
LOVASTATIN 172 172 25 53
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 161 158 26 137
MELOXICAM 160 153 27 55
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 151 128 28 23
METFORMIN HCL 148 141 29 18
TRAMADOL HCL 132 127 30 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 131 131 31 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 118 96 32 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 115 115 33 79
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 112 101 34 42
EVISTA 112 100 34 155
KLOR-CON 10 107 107 36 70
CRESTOR 106 106 37 50
TRAZODONE HCL 104 103 38 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 103 103 39 213
BENAZEPRIL HCL 103 103 39 215
CYMBALTA 96 94 41 30
SPIRIVA 94 94 42 78
DIGOXIN 93 93 43 48
CLOPIDOGREL 92 92 44 40
DIOVAN 90 90 45 71
ALLOPURINOL 87 87 46 41
SERTRALINE HCL 86 85 47 19
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 78 48 66
CARVEDILOL 83 83 48 21
FENTANYL 79 79 S2 50 60
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 73 60 51 34
LEXAPRO 69 64 52 92
ESTRADIOL 61 61 R 53 292
VESICARE 60 60 54 146
PREMARIN 60 47 R 54 246
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 59 55 56 123
PAROXETINE HCL 58 53 57 85
BYSTOLIC 57 57 58 134
TIZANIDINE HCL 57 55 58 126
PLAVIX 56 56 60 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 55 61 61
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 53 62 84
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 54 62 37
DILTIAZEM ER 53 43 64 166
AGGRENOX 52 52 65 243
LIPITOR 51 51 66 180
PROAIR HFA 50 50 67 76
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 May 3, 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.