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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,434Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 70

$876K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 70

437 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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 Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 437 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 437 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,272 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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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 Florida
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 713 674 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 550 517 2 1
MIRTAZAPINE 467 439 3 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 460 453 4 11
RISPERIDONE 449 434 5 32
LISINOPRIL 432 378 6 3
FUROSEMIDE 431 417 7 6
NAMENDA 396 387 8 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 369 351 9 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 367 336 10 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 336 327 11 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 329 329 12 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 320 312 13 35
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 303 300 S3 14 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 301 283 15 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 295 288 16 12
SERTRALINE HCL 237 212 17 22
OMEPRAZOLE 229 208 18 4
TRAZODONE HCL 218 202 19 36
DIGOXIN 193 192 20 41
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 178 178 21 70
TRAMADOL HCL 175 154 22 17
LANTUS 173 111 23 38
SEROQUEL 150 150 24 87
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 147 132 25 23
NOVOLIN R 142 140 26 83
GLIPIZIDE 140 135 27 48
BUSPIRONE HCL 140 140 27 108
EXELON 138 137 29 62
GABAPENTIN 135 125 30 14
KLOR-CON 10 130 119 31 117
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 115 32 29
LACTULOSE 117 88 33 77
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 114 103 34 51
METFORMIN HCL 111 110 35 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 110 108 36 53
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 109 85 37 69
CLOPIDOGREL 101 101 38 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 92 92 39 50
RANITIDINE HCL 87 85 40 26
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 85 64 41 97
JANUVIA 84 78 42 49
LEVETIRACETAM 82 49 43 59
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 75 44 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77 77 45 42
FENTANYL 72 72 S2 46 94
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 71 71 47 25
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 68 44 48 158
TROSPIUM CHLORIDE 67 64 49 235
OLANZAPINE 67 45 49 135
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 66 51 18
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 63 51 55
LEVOFLOXACIN 65 62 53 71
NOVOLOG 65 41 53 56
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 65 64 53 158
PAROXETINE HCL 64 32 56 66
LEXAPRO 63 56 57 99
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 63 63 R 57 107
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 60 59 28
PREDNISONE 62 49 59 52
CARVEDILOL 60 45 61 19
BUMETANIDE 60 59 61 109
TRAVATAN Z 59 59 63 204
DIOVAN 58 51 64 44
MUPIROCIN 57 57 65 68
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 57 56 65 84
VENLAFAXINE HCL 54 51 67 180
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 53 68 54
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 52 52 69 171
ATENOLOL 51 43 70 21
ALLOPURINOL 51 51 70 31
CLONIDINE HCL 50 43 72 46
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 48 72 61
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 May 19, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.