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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,711Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 107

$803K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 107

858 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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 Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

1% of this provider’s 858 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 858 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 17,112 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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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 Pennsylvania
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,564 1,522 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 1,298 1,266 2 2
LISINOPRIL 1,229 1,201 3 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 994 932 S3 4 20
METFORMIN HCL 692 671 5 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 517 506 6 1
GABAPENTIN 499 479 7 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 420 403 8 14
FUROSEMIDE 407 387 9 3
CRESTOR 389 380 10 63
NOVOLIN 70-30 380 376 10 11 125
CITALOPRAM HBR 373 368 12 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 356 356 13 36
RANITIDINE HCL 304 297 14 41
GUANFACINE HCL 303 296 R 10 15 199
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 290 277 16 54
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 268 260 17 136
TOPROL XL 264 264 10 18 215
GLIMEPIRIDE 257 248 19 84
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 236 219 20 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 230 220 21 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 200 200 22 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 194 172 23 28
GLYBURIDE 184 181 R 24 95
CARVEDILOL 179 170 25 25
HYDRALAZINE HCL 170 170 26 58
ULTRA COMFORT 167 167 10 27 254
TRAZODONE HCL 166 154 28 22
NEXIUM 160 153 29 61
OMEPRAZOLE 159 158 30 6
FINASTERIDE 158 155 31 72
ADVAIR DISKUS 157 149 32 47
KLOR-CON M10 149 140 33 97
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 138 116 34 35
ACTOS 128 125 35 183
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 123 36 91
ATROVENT HFA 117 113 10 37 302
PLAVIX 103 98 38 43
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 101 101 39 104
COUMADIN 99 95 40 189
MIRTAZAPINE 95 95 41 16
ALLOPURINOL 93 91 42 48
ETODOLAC 85 79 43 329
WARFARIN SODIUM 83 81 44 8
LYRICA 79 79 45 139
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 76 46 154
METHOCARBAMOL 75 73 R 47 340
INSULIN SYRINGE 75 75 47 162
TAMSULOSIN HCL 71 71 49 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 70 67 50 18
ATENOLOL 67 67 51 21
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 63 63 52 205
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 61 60 53 119
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 58 53 S3 54 98
CLOPIDOGREL 58 56 54 29
TRAMADOL HCL 55 50 56 23
LACTULOSE 51 51 57 114
FENTANYL 50 49 S2 58 50
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 Oct. 18, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.