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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,159Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 63 out of 107

$390K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 46 out of 107

260 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

7% of this provider’s 260 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 260 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,431 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$76 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
SIMVASTATIN 233 189 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 180 156 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 177 140 3 1
LISINOPRIL 148 126 4 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 134 122 5 7
OMEPRAZOLE 133 111 6 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 121 105 7 27
GABAPENTIN 107 91 8 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 105 101 9 17
ATENOLOL 98 95 10 21
AZITHROMYCIN 87 67 11 87
FUROSEMIDE 81 77 12 3
METFORMIN HCL 75 71 13 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 73 70 14 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 43 15 91
PREDNISONE 70 61 16 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 67 66 17 18
SYNTHROID 65 53 18 85
TRAMADOL HCL 61 40 19 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 47 20 14
NEXIUM 53 43 21 61
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 53 50 21 36
GLIMEPIRIDE 52 49 23 84
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50 46 24 15
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50 50 24 294
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 37 S3 24 20
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.