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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,269Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 68

$547K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 68

411 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
100%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

18% of this provider’s 411 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 411 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 15,260 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

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
JANTOVEN 986 986 1 24
MIRTAZAPINE 800 799 2 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 759 759 3 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 714 714 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 655 655 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 545 545 6 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 454 454 7 6
LISINOPRIL 382 382 8 4
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 366 366 9 22
SIMVASTATIN 316 316 10 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 312 312 11 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 281 281 12 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 280 280 S3 13 17
BUMETANIDE 260 260 14 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 255 255 15 26
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 252 251 16 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 235 235 17 18
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 179 179 18 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 159 159 19 10
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 153 153 20 85
SERTRALINE HCL 148 147 21 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 146 22 11
PREDNISONE 145 145 23 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 144 24 28
DIOVAN 134 134 25 42
NAMENDA 130 130 26 16
ALLOPURINOL 124 124 27 46
DIGOXIN 123 123 28 45
FAMOTIDINE 119 119 29 56
SPIRONOLACTONE 112 112 30 88
GABAPENTIN 112 112 30 12
METFORMIN HCL 107 107 32 14
TRAZODONE HCL 102 101 33 32
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 102 102 33 52
CARVEDILOL 100 100 35 27
BENAZEPRIL HCL 98 98 36 119
LATANOPROST 95 95 37 63
SEROQUEL 92 92 38 71
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 91 91 39 13
EXELON 90 90 40 57
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 89 89 41 37
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 83 83 42 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 82 82 43 35
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 80 80 44 38
FINASTERIDE 77 77 45 70
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 75 46 66
CRESTOR 75 75 46 90
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 74 74 48 53
SOTALOL 71 71 49 206
LANTUS 70 70 50 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 70 70 50 8
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 65 52 55
AMOXICILLIN 62 61 53 116
ATENOLOL 62 62 53 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 57 55 41
TIMOLOL MALEATE 52 52 56 153
MORPHINE SULFATE 51 51 S2 57 135
OXYCODONE HCL 51 51 S2 57 75
VITAMIN D2 51 51 57 147
OXYCONTIN 50 50 S2 60 92
KLOR-CON 10 50 50 60 142
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 July 19, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.