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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,033Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 30 out of 117

$574K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 117

206 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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
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this specialty
in Illinois
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 206 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 8,794 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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
SIMVASTATIN 443 438 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 351 345 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 337 327 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 270 270 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 254 254 5 2
LISINOPRIL 246 227 6 4
METFORMIN HCL 208 194 7 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 179 158 8 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 167 166 9 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 163 163 10 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 162 162 11 13
NAMENDA 161 161 12 14
EXELON 154 154 13 55
WARFARIN SODIUM 146 144 14 9
SERTRALINE HCL 145 144 15 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 136 134 16 19
GABAPENTIN 135 135 17 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 119 114 S3 18 7
MIRTAZAPINE 108 108 19 25
FAMOTIDINE 103 87 20 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 96 94 21 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 90 88 22 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 88 87 23 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 87 87 24 28
LANTUS 85 83 25 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 84 84 26 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 81 27 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 80 80 28 36
ABILIFY 77 77 29 125
HEPARIN SODIUM 74 74 30 78
ATENOLOL 73 73 31 20
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 71 71 32 83
SPIRIVA 69 67 33 60
FINASTERIDE 69 69 33 109
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 61 54 35 33
CARVEDILOL 60 55 36 24
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 46 36 137
RANITIDINE HCL 59 59 38 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 54 39 51
JANUVIA 58 46 39 64
PROAIR HFA 58 56 39 56
DIGOXIN 57 56 42 35
CLOPIDOGREL 54 53 43 30
PLAVIX 54 53 43 47
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 51 50 S3 45 76
KLOR-CON M20 51 51 45 34
CRESTOR 50 46 47 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 June 17, 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.