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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,753Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 232

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 232

473 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

5% of this provider’s 473 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 473 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 15,064 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 666 666 1 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 535 535 2 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 483 450 3 3
NAMENDA 483 483 3 18
FUROSEMIDE 354 354 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 348 320 6 2
SIMVASTATIN 317 317 7 1
MIRTAZAPINE 308 306 8 28
CARVEDILOL 307 282 9 21
OMEPRAZOLE 284 270 10 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 220 207 S3 11 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 215 202 12 10
GABAPENTIN 213 207 13 12
LISINOPRIL 187 183 14 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 174 169 15 24
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 173 173 16 59
DIOVAN 173 168 16 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 173 170 16 26
METFORMIN HCL 171 170 19 9
RISPERIDONE 160 100 20 42
ALLOPURINOL 158 147 21 39
CYMBALTA 157 140 22 57
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 152 152 23 41
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 141 141 24 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 140 137 25 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 138 136 26 14
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 138 136 26 47
OLANZAPINE 136 125 28 86
EXELON 133 133 29 95
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 131 124 30 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 128 128 31 17
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 119 106 32 67
SERTRALINE HCL 119 104 32 35
JANUVIA 118 118 34 60
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 117 117 35 23
FAMOTIDINE 111 108 36 30
BENAZEPRIL HCL 107 97 37 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 97 38 16
LEVETIRACETAM 104 104 39 72
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 104 102 39 92
JANTOVEN 94 94 41 98
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 92 92 42 15
SEROQUEL 89 89 43 105
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 88 88 44 153
TAMSULOSIN HCL 87 84 45 22
ABILIFY 87 87 45 146
NOVOLIN R 85 85 47 74
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 82 81 48 337
BYSTOLIC 79 79 49 175
LEXAPRO 77 77 50 170
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 77 77 50 167
HYDRALAZINE HCL 73 67 52 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 73 52 44
DIGOXIN 70 70 54 37
ATENOLOL 70 70 54 11
RAMIPRIL 69 69 56 124
PREDNISONE 69 67 56 49
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 69 68 56 73
AMIODARONE HCL 68 68 59 140
AZITHROMYCIN 67 59 60 51
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 66 61 32
FINASTERIDE 66 66 61 76
DIOVAN HCT 65 64 63 53
CEPHALEXIN 63 58 64 108
TRAZODONE HCL 62 62 65 38
RENVELA 61 45 66 238
CLOTRIMAZOLE 60 60 67 287
PEN NEEDLE 58 58 68 193
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 58 58 68 94
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 57 70 77
CLOPIDOGREL 56 54 71 34
LOVASTATIN 55 55 72 25
FORTEO 55 55 72 311
SODIUM CHLORIDE 52 38 74 205
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 52 74 144
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 48 74 68
CELEBREX 51 51 77 63
TRAMADOL HCL 51 51 77 33
CRESTOR 50 50 79 56
LANTUS 50 48 79 36
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 April 1, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.