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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,435Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 16

$438K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 16

572 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

35% of this provider’s 572 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 572 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 14,973 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

12% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$28 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $44 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
CITALOPRAM HBR 711 703 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 657 632 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 571 571 3 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 563 556 4 7
MAPAP 502 502 10 5 28
OXYCODONE HCL 500 491 S2 6 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 464 460 7 5
TRAZODONE HCL 436 430 8 12
LISINOPRIL 409 409 9 4
RANITIDINE HCL 346 335 10 22
OMEPRAZOLE 323 306 11 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 317 317 12 9
ATENOLOL 307 307 13 18
NYSTOP 247 222 14 42
AMMONIUM LACTATE 239 236 15 58
GABAPENTIN 237 223 16 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 235 233 17 21
MIRTAZAPINE 201 192 18 17
PREDNISONE 194 191 19 23
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 173 164 20 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 172 171 21 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 164 163 22 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 153 133 23 16
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 151 141 24 34
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 146 146 25 62
OXYCONTIN 137 137 S2 26 54
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 132 132 27 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 128 128 28 46
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 125 117 29 65
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 122 122 30 35
HALOPERIDOL 119 119 31 41
SERTRALINE HCL 117 111 32 19
SPIRONOLACTONE 115 112 33 47
DIGOXIN 115 109 33 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 114 108 35 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 111 111 36 39
LATANOPROST 109 109 37 67
ARTIFICIAL TEARS 105 105 38 82
KLOR-CON M10 98 90 39 83
VITAMIN D2 97 97 40 84
PAROXETINE HCL 96 96 41 53
SENNA PLUS 93 93 42 85
NYSTATIN 90 90 43 36
METFORMIN HCL 89 89 44 33
ALLOPURINOL 89 89 44 44
KLOR-CON M20 88 88 46 49
CARVEDILOL 85 85 47 38
ASPIRIN 85 85 47 87
SENNA-DOCUSATE SODIUM 78 78 10 49 89
SIMVASTATIN 73 73 50 8
TRAMADOL HCL 72 72 51 29
METOLAZONE 68 57 52 94
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 63 26 S3 53 25
DILTIAZEM ER 61 61 54 100
FLOVENT HFA 60 60 55 101
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 49 56 63
MORPHINE SULFATE 57 47 S2 57 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 55 57 61
JANTOVEN 56 56 59 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54 36 60 107
NOVOLIN 70-30 53 53 61 109
CEPHALEXIN 53 51 61 109
SEROQUEL 51 51 63 60
HYDROCORTISONE 51 51 63 112
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 June 18, 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.