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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,772Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 14

$645K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 14

484 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 484 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 484 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,451 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 Kansas
SIMVASTATIN 629 599 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 600 529 2 7
LISINOPRIL 579 502 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 516 470 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 452 380 5 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 389 330 S3 6 2
CARVEDILOL 380 339 7 17
FUROSEMIDE 320 299 8 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 299 278 9 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 296 279 10 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 274 260 11 25
TRAMADOL HCL 262 250 12 16
LOVASTATIN 230 193 13 58
GABAPENTIN 225 174 14 11
ATENOLOL 190 178 15 28
SERTRALINE HCL 190 181 15 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 156 17 75
NAMENDA 165 165 18 10
METFORMIN HCL ER 162 119 19 109
METFORMIN HCL 161 129 20 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 145 21 136
DONEPEZIL HCL 159 159 22 8
SYNTHROID 135 133 23 116
EVISTA 128 126 24 122
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 126 113 25 74
FINASTERIDE 122 122 26 67
MELOXICAM 122 122 26 59
MIRTAZAPINE 121 121 28 13
LABETALOL HCL 119 89 29 126
ALLOPURINOL 114 105 30 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110 95 31 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 109 99 32 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 100 33 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 100 34 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 99 92 35 9
CRESTOR 96 79 36 84
SPIRONOLACTONE 94 90 37 49
PROPRANOLOL HCL 91 89 38 107
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 91 79 38 176
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 76 40 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 83 83 41 15
ZETIA 69 57 42 148
AZITHROMYCIN 69 62 42 69
PLAVIX 68 57 44 65
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 67 67 45 129
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 67 45 127
LIPITOR 66 63 47 206
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 63 63 48 116
TRAZODONE HCL 63 63 48 39
RANITIDINE HCL 61 57 50 48
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 48 51 57
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 60 58 51 73
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 47 53 89
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 56 54 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 55 55 55 161
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 46 55 47
CEPHALEXIN 55 54 55 77
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 37 58 102
DILTIAZEM ER 52 52 59 96
DIOVAN HCT 52 45 59 236
ENABLEX 51 51 61 115
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. 18, 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.