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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,883Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 98

$1.33M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 98

535 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

13% of this provider’s 535 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 535 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 23,439 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

52 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 2,079 1,715 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 894 789 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 880 811 3 4
LISINOPRIL 857 738 4 3
TRAZODONE HCL 849 733 5 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 767 719 6 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 704 610 7 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 689 662 8 12
MIRTAZAPINE 626 552 9 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 586 504 10 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 561 500 11 7
GABAPENTIN 511 395 12 13
ATENOLOL 477 464 13 14
OMEPRAZOLE 468 386 14 6
RANITIDINE HCL 426 351 15 35
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 419 369 16 22
METFORMIN HCL 390 293 17 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 375 328 18 21
SERTRALINE HCL 334 301 19 19
TRAMADOL HCL 324 296 20 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 320 275 21 16
RISPERIDONE 306 247 22 27
OLANZAPINE 287 225 23 24
NAMENDA 274 274 24 18
LANTUS 250 218 25 28
LEVETIRACETAM 247 102 26 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 241 212 27 32
FLUOXETINE HCL 233 156 28 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 225 177 29 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 221 204 30 23
SPIRIVA 194 177 31 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 193 188 32 25
VANCOMYCIN HCL 191 168 10 33 145
PREDNISONE 189 161 34 31
DIGOXIN 183 183 35 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 168 166 36 36
LIDODERM 159 123 37 29
CYMBALTA 156 116 38 47
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 151 132 S3 39 39
GLIPIZIDE 150 138 40 37
LAMOTRIGINE 142 120 41 87
NOVOLIN N 141 99 42 85
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 131 102 43 33
BACLOFEN 129 88 44 59
CLOPIDOGREL 129 127 44 50
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 126 126 46 95
NYSTATIN 125 95 47 56
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 125 56 R 47 89
LATANOPROST 125 125 47 67
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 124 115 50 88
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 122 107 51 44
TIMOLOL MALEATE 117 104 52 118
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 116 91 53 101
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 114 84 54 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 109 86 55 20
ERYTHROMYCIN 109 95 55 107
FINASTERIDE 106 106 57 49
HYDRALAZINE HCL 105 94 58 75
FAMOTIDINE 104 56 59 80
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 101 84 60 83
NIFEDIPINE ER 100 88 61 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98 86 62 53
BUPROPION HCL SR 96 82 63 100
SPIRONOLACTONE 95 64 64 71
NYSTOP 94 92 65 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 93 87 66 34
DIOVAN 93 93 66 57
NOVOLOG 92 86 68 54
LEVOFLOXACIN 91 64 69 63
IBUPROFEN 91 68 69 74
PAROXETINE HCL 90 73 71 73
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 88 86 72 60
GLYBURIDE 87 48 R 73 70
SEROQUEL 85 79 74 52
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 85 73 74 86
PLAVIX 82 82 76 76
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 80 26 77 252
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 77 68 78 206
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 75 47 79 84
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 75 60 79 93
CLOZAPINE 75 0 79 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 72 68 82 30
FLOVENT HFA 70 61 83 135
CARBAMAZEPINE 69 54 84 159
PROAIR HFA 69 55 84 58
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 69 66 84 114
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 68 61 87 106
NOVOLIN R 67 43 88 79
ALLOPURINOL 67 65 88 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 55 90 42
CEPHALEXIN 63 54 90 92
TRANSDERM-SCOP 63 49 90 195
CHOLESTYRAMINE 61 61 93 271
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 58 94 65
KLOR-CON M20 57 57 95 69
HALOPERIDOL 56 41 96 112
TERAZOSIN HCL 55 55 97 94
SANTYL 55 38 97 156
ABILIFY 54 45 99 66
MUPIROCIN 54 49 99 123
OXYCODONE HCL 53 32 S2 101 61
GENERLAC 53 51 101 82
AGGRENOX 53 53 101 103
LACTULOSE 52 46 104 62
TOPIRAMATE 52 17 104 148
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 52 30 R 104 167
LABETALOL HCL 52 45 104 127
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 45 104 98
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 36 109 105
SSD 51 37 109 198
GEMFIBROZIL 50 37 111 125
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 8, 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.