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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,678Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 15

$762K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 15

491 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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 Washington
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 491 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 491 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,114 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $38 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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 Washington
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,274 1,273 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,134 1,104 S3 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 1,047 1,022 3 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 946 931 4 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 749 732 5 3
LISINOPRIL 553 540 6 2
OMEPRAZOLE 497 478 7 7
TRAZODONE HCL 384 378 8 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 340 334 9 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 314 314 10 15
NAMENDA 314 314 10 19
GABAPENTIN 311 298 12 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 291 291 13 10
FENTANYL 284 281 S2 14 35
PREDNISONE 234 225 15 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 230 229 16 9
SERTRALINE HCL 214 210 17 17
METFORMIN HCL 196 183 18 16
LANTUS 184 181 19 27
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 182 170 20 32
SIMVASTATIN 179 171 21 6
MIRTAZAPINE 148 148 22 21
ATENOLOL 144 132 23 23
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 143 139 24 29
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 140 135 25 56
DIGOXIN 138 138 26 34
RANITIDINE HCL 137 137 27 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 135 134 28 20
METOLAZONE 133 129 29 62
SPIRONOLACTONE 125 124 30 37
CARVEDILOL 121 121 31 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 116 108 32 60
LYRICA 115 115 33 95
LIDODERM 114 114 34 52
OXYCODONE HCL 107 107 S2 35 24
SPIRIVA 96 90 36 59
LACTULOSE 94 92 37 49
RISPERIDONE 93 82 38 42
GLIPIZIDE 93 93 38 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 92 92 40 54
TAMIFLU 91 90 41 77
TAMSULOSIN HCL 90 86 42 26
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 87 87 43 80
CYMBALTA 86 86 44 38
LEVOFLOXACIN 85 82 45 76
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 82 77 46 44
TRAMADOL HCL 82 80 46 47
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 82 77 46 103
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 81 49 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 60 50 18
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 77 51 87
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 76 76 52 107
AGGRENOX 75 71 53 108
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 74 44 54 88
OLANZAPINE 74 74 54 39
CLOPIDOGREL 74 74 54 50
PAROXETINE HCL 74 73 54 110
TORSEMIDE 71 71 58 112
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 71 71 58 69
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 71 71 58 112
ALLOPURINOL 70 70 61 36
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 70 70 61 66
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 70 68 61 91
METHADONE HCL 69 69 S2 64 75
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 67 65 25
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 67 67 65 90
LATANOPROST 67 67 65 119
DILTIAZEM HCL 66 66 68 120
CALCITONIN-SALMON 64 64 69 126
VENLAFAXINE HCL 64 64 69 89
PROPRANOLOL HCL 62 62 71 129
PROMETHAZINE HCL 62 62 R 71 129
NOVOLOG 62 59 71 57
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 61 60 74 41
LEVETIRACETAM 60 60 75 81
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 57 44 76 72
BACLOFEN 57 45 76 70
CEPHALEXIN 57 54 76 63
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 56 56 79 86
CHOLESTYRAMINE 55 55 80 137
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 55 80 13
NYSTOP 53 52 82 93
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 49 83 151
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 Dec. 17, 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.