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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,629Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 117

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 117

325 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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 Illinois
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 325 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 325 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,340 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$95 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 Illinois
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 374 339 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 332 289 2 3
LISINOPRIL 318 296 3 4
NAMENDA 300 300 4 14
SIMVASTATIN 295 247 5 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 225 134 S3 6 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 214 203 7 17
OMEPRAZOLE 205 157 8 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 200 189 9 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 186 184 10 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 168 168 11 8
EXELON 167 164 12 55
DONEPEZIL HCL 153 153 13 10
TRAMADOL HCL 132 70 14 18
LANTUS 128 76 15 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 126 106 16 32
FENTANYL 123 97 S2 17 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 121 52 18 19
CARVEDILOL 120 86 19 24
METFORMIN HCL 113 73 20 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 112 97 21 15
SERTRALINE HCL 111 102 22 22
MUPIROCIN 107 98 23 179
BYSTOLIC 105 100 24 94
DIGOXIN 103 88 25 35
OLANZAPINE 102 82 26 147
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 101 64 27 115
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 101 74 27 65
PLAVIX 98 85 29 47
CRESTOR 92 58 30 50
CLOPIDOGREL 92 75 30 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 85 76 32 42
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 85 85 32 45
NIASPAN 82 68 34 159
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 82 58 34 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 80 77 36 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 79 65 37 27
CELEBREX 78 78 38 85
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 58 38 51
NEXIUM 76 57 40 62
TAMSULOSIN HCL 76 69 40 28
GLIMEPIRIDE 75 51 42 69
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 74 53 43 166
DIOVAN 72 72 44 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 42 44 72
LYRICA 70 43 46 92
ZETIA 70 62 46 86
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 60 48 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 69 66 48 36
VESICARE 67 66 50 114
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 67 29 S2 50 157
CYMBALTA 66 53 52 59
ABILIFY 62 49 53 125
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 62 52 53 65
AZITHROMYCIN 59 47 55 57
SYNTHROID 59 41 55 102
PEN NEEDLE 57 40 57 139
GABAPENTIN 55 44 58 16
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 55 39 58 111
FENOFIBRATE 55 40 58 84
ALLOPURINOL 54 45 61 48
NOVOLOG 52 37 62 90
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 50 63 26
TRAZODONE HCL 50 47 64 44
SPIRIVA 50 43 64 60
RANITIDINE HCL 50 34 64 58
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 Feb. 8, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.