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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,481Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 98

$851K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 98

268 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 268 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,149 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

62 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 34.


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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 Massachusetts
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,678 1,574 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 714 670 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 619 600 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 523 489 4 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 507 505 5 10
OMEPRAZOLE 395 345 6 6
LISINOPRIL 387 382 7 3
TRAZODONE HCL 375 297 8 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 357 350 9 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 349 349 10 23
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 336 318 11 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 320 320 12 12
GABAPENTIN 311 270 13 13
NYSTATIN 297 269 14 56
MIRTAZAPINE 279 275 15 11
NAMENDA 260 260 16 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 250 241 17 7
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 232 202 18 22
ATENOLOL 200 176 19 14
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 189 171 20 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 180 180 21 16
SERTRALINE HCL 174 160 22 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 172 171 23 32
LIDODERM 163 146 24 29
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 158 156 25 45
RISPERIDONE 154 136 26 27
METFORMIN HCL 148 128 27 15
SEROQUEL 139 139 28 52
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 137 129 29 36
LEVETIRACETAM 135 119 30 38
LANTUS 126 123 31 28
TRAMADOL HCL 125 124 32 26
SPIRIVA 123 113 33 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 122 100 34 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 95 35 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 116 110 36 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 114 100 37 41
ALLOPURINOL 114 114 37 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 101 39 20
DIGOXIN 96 96 40 40
CLOPIDOGREL 91 91 41 50
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 87 42 17
OLANZAPINE 86 79 43 24
LEVOFLOXACIN 84 83 44 63
PREDNISONE 84 82 44 31
HYDRALAZINE HCL 81 70 46 75
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 81 68 46 150
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 78 78 48 83
ROPINIROLE HCL 73 52 49 91
RANITIDINE HCL 72 60 50 35
BACLOFEN 70 62 51 59
NYSTOP 69 52 52 64
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 66 54 53 44
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 65 41 54 88
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 65 64 54 30
AMIODARONE HCL 64 63 56 214
AGGRENOX 62 53 57 103
CARVEDILOL 56 55 58 72
PAROXETINE HCL 56 56 58 73
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 55 58 86
CYMBALTA 56 45 58 47
PLAVIX 55 54 62 76
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 55 55 62 115
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 53 39 64 65
FAMOTIDINE 51 46 65 80
FINASTERIDE 51 51 65 49
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 32 65 48
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 51 48 65 166
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 26, 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.