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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,516Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 96

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 96

624 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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 New Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 624 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 624 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 21,249 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 29%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 New Jersey
FUROSEMIDE 871 831 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 851 835 2 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 811 811 3 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 750 718 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 621 618 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 578 560 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 543 514 7 5
NAMENDA 528 523 8 11
LISINOPRIL 525 516 9 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 439 435 10 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 401 401 11 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 379 343 12 12
MIRTAZAPINE 369 353 13 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 359 358 14 19
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 358 282 S2 15 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 356 355 16 25
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 288 267 17 41
LIDODERM 253 232 18 45
DIGOXIN 243 227 19 34
DIOVAN 240 215 20 17
SERTRALINE HCL 233 232 21 15
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 232 232 22 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 227 216 23 24
PAROXETINE HCL 214 196 24 66
TAMSULOSIN HCL 204 191 25 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194 192 26 16
ATENOLOL 175 171 27 30
CLOPIDOGREL 174 154 28 27
TRAZODONE HCL 167 141 29 38
RISPERIDONE 164 164 30 31
LEVOFLOXACIN 162 160 31 59
CLONIDINE HCL 161 140 32 74
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 156 140 33 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 153 153 34 23
FENTANYL 152 149 S2 35 50
CARVEDILOL 149 130 36 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 146 145 37 44
FAMOTIDINE 143 132 38 21
GABAPENTIN 142 117 39 20
PREDNISONE 141 137 40 58
METFORMIN HCL 133 133 41 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 133 119 41 46
CELEBREX 129 129 43 114
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 123 123 44 28
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 120 118 45 87
CYMBALTA 120 101 45 51
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 116 108 47 57
TRAMADOL HCL 115 114 48 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 112 90 49 33
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 108 106 50 32
LATANOPROST 107 107 51 77
KLOR-CON M20 103 103 52 91
GLIPIZIDE 102 91 53 62
LANTUS 101 100 54 68
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 99 89 55 60
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 98 72 56 93
OXYCONTIN 97 80 S2 57 118
LIPITOR 95 95 58 63
LYRICA 95 82 58 73
MELOXICAM 95 95 58 65
LEVETIRACETAM 94 82 61 61
PLAVIX 93 80 62 42
TIMOLOL MALEATE 90 85 63 156
SPIRIVA 88 88 64 67
FINASTERIDE 88 88 64 85
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 86 85 66 97
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 84 84 67 96
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 84 84 67 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 84 84 67 70
GLYBURIDE 81 75 R 70 136
SANTYL 80 79 71 71
NEXIUM 78 78 72 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 73 73 55
LOPERAMIDE 74 71 74 159
HUMALOG 71 70 75 120
NOVOLOG 71 71 75 142
HYDRALAZINE HCL 69 69 77 79
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69 66 77 53
GALANTAMINE HBR 69 69 77 117
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 66 51 80 101
CEPHALEXIN 64 61 81 186
OLANZAPINE 64 61 81 76
FLUOCINONIDE 63 63 83 235
EXELON 62 62 84 47
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 61 61 85 89
AMIODARONE HCL 61 61 85 103
BACLOFEN 60 51 87 108
RANITIDINE HCL 60 48 87 75
GLIMEPIRIDE 58 58 89 43
PEN NEEDLE 57 57 90 164
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 55 90 83
LACTULOSE 54 49 92 37
NYSTATIN 53 49 93 86
LEXAPRO 53 51 93 92
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 40 95 107
NITROFURANTOIN 51 50 96 266
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 51 96 166
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 50 98 145
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 50 49 98 146
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 Aug. 8, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.