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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,290Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 41

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 41

477 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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 Minnesota
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 477 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 477 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,757 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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 Minnesota
LISINOPRIL 1,021 779 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 703 531 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 610 435 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 605 387 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 451 348 5 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 353 265 6 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 336 222 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 320 241 8 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 306 220 9 6
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 305 207 10 21
OLANZAPINE 303 136 11 28
TRAMADOL HCL 285 208 12 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 278 192 13 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 273 217 14 12
GABAPENTIN 250 180 15 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 214 162 16 29
ATENOLOL 209 141 17 10
CARVEDILOL 200 171 18 41
TRAZODONE HCL 195 147 19 14
RISPERIDONE 187 55 20 31
METFORMIN HCL 183 112 21 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 142 22 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 171 83 23 64
HALOPERIDOL 169 68 24 73
JANTOVEN 163 163 25 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 161 153 26 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 157 157 27 20
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 156 66 28 62
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 152 105 29 22
SERTRALINE HCL 146 104 30 17
NOVOLOG 145 74 31 42
LANTUS 142 79 32 25
MIRTAZAPINE 141 101 33 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 138 94 34 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 105 35 34
NYSTOP 133 110 36 45
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 130 53 37 48
SODIUM CHLORIDE 128 70 38 91
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 124 55 R 39 88
FINASTERIDE 124 85 39 75
KLOR-CON M20 123 69 41 49
RANITIDINE HCL 119 82 42 40
ADVAIR DISKUS 114 64 43 57
VALPROIC ACID 113 25 44 99
SEROQUEL 109 73 45 52
PAROXETINE HCL 109 84 45 39
NYSTATIN 100 77 47 54
HEPARIN SODIUM 95 0 48 128
CYMBALTA 95 73 48 63
LEVETIRACETAM 94 62 50 50
ALLOPURINOL 94 69 50 43
ABILIFY 92 54 52 90
RISPERDAL CONSTA 91 64 53 130
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 91 39 53 68
SPIRIVA 88 39 55 58
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 80 56 23
BACLOFEN 83 17 57 66
CLOPIDOGREL 82 59 58 56
FLUOXETINE HCL 78 55 59 59
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 78 31 59 44
LOVASTATIN 78 54 59 71
HYDRALAZINE HCL 77 65 62 60
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 73 70 63 67
NAMENDA 70 70 64 30
LAMOTRIGINE 69 30 65 109
IBUPROFEN 66 13 66 141
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 65 27 67 35
DIGOXIN 63 56 68 38
KETOCONAZOLE 61 23 69 115
LIDODERM 59 30 70 47
CARBAMAZEPINE 59 24 70 98
HYDROCORTISONE 59 16 70 94
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 43 73 81
PROAIR HFA 57 38 74 74
GLIPIZIDE 55 34 75 53
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 55 0 R 75 152
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 39 75 61
VENTOLIN HFA 54 31 78 155
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 30 79 113
OLANZAPINE ODT 51 39 80 116
CRESTOR 50 49 81 111
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 41 81 80
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 Nov. 30, 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.