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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,316Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 56 out of 107

$407K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 107

300 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
13% 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 300 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 300 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,232 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 249 249 1 17
SIMVASTATIN 243 243 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 238 230 3 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 231 231 4 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 220 220 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 182 182 6 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 178 178 7 14
LISINOPRIL 167 167 8 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 161 154 9 9
ATENOLOL 141 141 10 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 132 132 11 7
FUROSEMIDE 123 120 12 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 118 118 13 18
NAMENDA 107 107 14 19
CELEBREX 95 95 15 82
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 89 16 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 88 88 17 27
GABAPENTIN 83 83 18 11
MIRTAZAPINE 82 82 19 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75 69 20 28
DIOVAN 69 69 21 33
SERTRALINE HCL 67 67 22 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 65 65 23 8
TRAMADOL HCL 65 65 23 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 62 62 25 32
SYNTHROID 58 58 26 85
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 58 58 26 36
ALLOPURINOL 58 50 26 48
EVISTA 57 57 29 176
TRAZODONE HCL 56 54 30 22
CARVEDILOL 56 52 30 25
PREDNISONE 55 55 32 39
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 52 33 104
METFORMIN HCL 52 52 33 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 48 33 54
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 50 50 36 15
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 Jan. 31, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.