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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,486Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 232

$1.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 232

497 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

21% of this provider’s 497 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 497 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,013 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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 638 521 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 530 446 2 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 495 300 S3 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 472 344 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 456 287 5 8
SIMVASTATIN 441 354 6 1
GABAPENTIN 431 308 7 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 353 298 8 3
OXYCODONE HCL 324 112 S2 9 185
LISINOPRIL 310 269 10 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 292 208 11 20
METFORMIN HCL 289 239 12 9
NAMENDA 288 260 13 18
FAMOTIDINE 284 203 14 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 275 255 15 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 253 229 16 10
LANTUS 237 206 17 36
METHADONE HCL 234 49 S2 18 151
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 226 148 19 19
CARVEDILOL 219 216 20 21
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 211 195 21 67
DIGOXIN 204 192 22 37
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 197 178 23 94
BACLOFEN 197 104 23 83
CYMBALTA 193 141 25 57
CARISOPRODOL 182 45 R 26 120
MIRTAZAPINE 181 158 27 28
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 156 97 28 128
DIOVAN 148 138 29 27
LEVETIRACETAM 137 104 30 72
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 135 108 31 26
CLONIDINE HCL 127 97 32 58
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 126 102 33 73
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 126 90 33 156
NOVOLIN R 125 111 35 74
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 119 107 36 17
BENAZEPRIL HCL 118 67 37 31
LIDODERM 116 101 38 48
HEPARIN SODIUM 116 77 38 231
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 114 88 40 14
SANTYL 110 81 41 224
NOVOLOG 108 94 42 91
TRAZODONE HCL 101 74 43 38
TRAMADOL HCL 101 81 43 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 76 45 16
JANTOVEN 100 73 45 98
CITALOPRAM HBR 100 81 45 24
RISPERIDONE 99 82 48 42
KLOR-CON M20 97 90 49 112
SODIUM CHLORIDE 96 71 50 205
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 92 82 51 250
LOVASTATIN 90 82 52 25
ATENOLOL 89 66 53 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 88 87 54 47
GENERLAC 85 47 55 228
CLOPIDOGREL 83 68 56 34
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 75 57 44
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 80 47 S2 58 257
EXELON 76 74 59 95
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 73 73 60 52
HUMULIN R 73 71 60 152
HYDROCORTISONE 72 32 62 263
OLANZAPINE 72 62 62 86
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 66 62 22
GLIPIZIDE 68 53 65 29
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 68 51 65 122
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 54 65 80
MEGESTROL ACETATE 67 63 R 68 102
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 66 59 69 59
TRAVATAN Z 66 66 69 197
PROCRIT 65 62 71 302
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 63 50 72 15
OXYCONTIN 61 17 S2 73 266
NYSTATIN 61 44 73 182
IBUPROFEN 61 52 73 65
ABILIFY 61 30 73 146
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 59 S2 73 109
FENTANYL 60 54 S2 78 115
VANCOMYCIN HCL 60 32 78 377
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 41 78 153
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 41 78 92
GEMFIBROZIL 60 36 78 104
PLAVIX 57 47 83 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 35 83 41
ONDANSETRON HCL 56 32 85 221
CEPHALEXIN 54 33 86 108
ALLOPURINOL 54 54 86 39
NYSTOP 54 44 86 209
FLUOCINONIDE 53 18 89 164
VALPROIC ACID 53 29 89 184
AZITHROMYCIN 52 38 91 51
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 28 92 181
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. 10, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.