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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,488Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 232

$1.98M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 232

842 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 842 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 25,966 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

45% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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 California
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,921 1,899 1 2
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 1,112 1,059 10 2 101
OMEPRAZOLE 1,037 1,000 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 937 928 4 1
NEXIUM 821 811 5 45
ATENOLOL 802 788 6 11
EVISTA 801 794 7 117
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 686 668 8 17
CREON 681 679 9 118
DIOVAN 654 654 10 27
CELEBREX 642 638 11 63
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 551 527 12 14
GLYBURIDE 499 462 R 13 85
LIDODERM 444 438 14 48
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 438 431 15 3
METFORMIN HCL 438 409 15 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 435 433 17 22
CLOPIDOGREL 391 390 18 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 383 383 19 19
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 373 366 R 20 121
MELOXICAM 357 351 21 55
JANUVIA 351 344 22 60
GABAPENTIN 343 338 23 12
DEXILANT 332 328 24 149
AZITHROMYCIN 329 319 25 51
CRESTOR 322 308 26 56
LANSOPRAZOLE 292 280 27 145
ACTONEL 278 278 28 141
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 267 267 29 99
PLAVIX 261 261 30 50
GEMFIBROZIL 250 246 31 104
DIOVAN HCT 241 241 32 53
FLUOCINONIDE 234 230 33 164
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 223 215 34 15
IBUPROFEN 220 215 35 65
EXFORGE 211 211 36 201
TRICOR 205 205 37 130
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 198 193 38 129
AMOXICILLIN 175 170 39 135
ACIPHEX 164 164 40 214
FLECTOR 159 158 41 285
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 144 144 42 23
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 144 143 S3 42 81
ZENPEP 140 136 44 241
GLIPIZIDE 134 121 45 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 127 46 16
SERTRALINE HCL 121 120 47 35
LIPITOR 119 119 48 89
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 118 117 49 43
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 116 116 50 66
AVODART 114 114 51 157
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 112 112 52 131
ZOSTAVAX 109 94 53 285
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 109 109 53 32
BENICAR HCT 107 107 55 168
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 106 96 56 280
CARVEDILOL 96 96 57 21
FENOFIBRATE 92 90 58 93
LISINOPRIL 92 92 58 6
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 87 87 60 52
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 87 87 60 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 85 82 62 26
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 85 85 62 64
VIAGRA 84 84 64 300
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 83 65 68
DICYCLOMINE HCL 82 82 66 337
BENAZEPRIL HCL 81 81 67 31
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 80 66 68 195
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 79 69 88
ALLOPURINOL 78 78 70 39
LEVOFLOXACIN 77 77 71 80
RANITIDINE HCL 77 77 71 61
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 77 76 71 255
TERAZOSIN HCL 74 74 74 97
NASONEX 70 70 75 198
RAPAFLO 69 69 76 354
FINASTERIDE 68 68 77 76
CEPHALEXIN 68 63 77 108
LOVAZA 68 68 77 166
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 67 80 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 66 66 81 13
VOLTAREN 63 62 82 139
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61 61 83 73
BONIVA 61 61 83 177
BENICAR 57 57 85 160
SINGULAIR 55 55 86 96
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 51 S3 87 5
PREMARIN 52 48 R 87 155
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 51 89 113
LYRICA 51 51 89 134
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 July 8, 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.