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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,734Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 12

$848K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 12

664 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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 Arkansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 664 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 664 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 11,102 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 Arkansas
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 772 364 S3 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 486 325 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 436 312 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 401 260 4 8
LISINOPRIL 366 233 5 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 329 266 6 14
FUROSEMIDE 309 250 7 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 294 214 8 21
METFORMIN HCL 286 178 9 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 275 185 10 11
SIMVASTATIN 267 190 11 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 253 203 12 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 253 196 12 12
TRAMADOL HCL 230 123 14 20
MELOXICAM 229 159 15 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 196 149 16 60
GABAPENTIN 179 69 17 9
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 169 106 18 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 159 140 19 31
ALLOPURINOL 154 118 20 30
NEXIUM 154 74 20 22
NAMENDA 152 142 22 10
SUCRALFATE 146 121 23 46
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 116 24 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 142 94 25 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 141 77 26 52
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 139 134 27 38
CARISOPRODOL 134 26 R 28 39
SINGULAIR 131 68 29 63
CLONIDINE HCL 129 92 30 36
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 128 71 R 31 57
LANTUS 128 82 31 77
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 91 33 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 125 112 34 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 121 92 35 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 117 67 36 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 82 37 49
JANUVIA 115 86 38 68
ATENOLOL 112 78 39 19
DIOVAN HCT 108 86 40 68
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 105 68 41 54
GLIMEPIRIDE 103 54 42 87
SERTRALINE HCL 103 45 42 32
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 99 88 44 67
FLUOXETINE HCL 99 46 44 55
TRAZODONE HCL 96 45 46 27
CYMBALTA 93 77 47 37
BENAZEPRIL HCL 93 74 47 93
METHOCARBAMOL 92 37 R 49 95
BACLOFEN 92 59 49 95
MIRTAZAPINE 90 51 51 16
BUSPIRONE HCL 90 82 51 47
DONEPEZIL HCL 89 89 53 13
CARVEDILOL 86 69 54 28
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 85 36 55 98
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 83 77 56 26
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 83 65 56 99
RANITIDINE HCL 81 36 58 72
CRESTOR 81 56 58 61
AMOXICILLIN 81 55 58 100
CLOPIDOGREL 75 75 61 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 74 0 R 62 61
GLIPIZIDE 71 35 63 40
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 70 43 64 40
GLYBURIDE 70 46 R 64 77
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 66 53 66 35
ACEBUTOLOL HCL 64 54 67 107
VENLAFAXINE HCL 60 40 68 111
VENTOLIN HFA 59 33 69 80
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 46 69 44
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 30 71 116
PROMETHAZINE HCL 58 36 R 71 116
VERAPAMIL ER 56 32 73 58
MECLIZINE HCL 56 51 73 120
NITROFURANTOIN 56 33 73 120
TERAZOSIN HCL 56 50 73 81
KETOPROFEN 55 36 77 122
AZITHROMYCIN 55 35 77 48
PROAIR HFA 54 23 79 82
PLAVIX 54 52 79 34
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 51 79 51
PROMETHAZINE VC 53 25 R 82 125
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 43 82 125
KLOR-CON M20 52 51 84 50
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 48 85 70
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 Oct. 8, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.