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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,803Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 107

$320K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 107

161 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 161 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,254 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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
FUROSEMIDE 366 321 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 278 229 2 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 246 229 3 1
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 222 206 4 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 216 202 5 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 199 165 6 7
LISINOPRIL 176 172 7 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 163 158 8 5
SIMVASTATIN 160 117 9 2
GABAPENTIN 138 76 10 11
MIRTAZAPINE 127 109 11 16
OXYCODONE HCL 118 82 S2 12 68
TRAMADOL HCL 112 66 13 23
BACLOFEN 106 47 14 64
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 105 71 15 31
TRAZODONE HCL 95 86 16 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 83 82 17 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 82 77 18 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 78 78 19 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 73 68 20 36
LANTUS 72 60 21 34
CYMBALTA 66 37 22 52
JANTOVEN 66 29 22 62
PREDNISONE 64 40 24 39
NYSTATIN 57 55 25 116
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 57 11 S2 25 115
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 37 27 40
LATANOPROST 54 52 28 94
NYSTOP 53 40 29 103
CLOPIDOGREL 52 38 30 29
DIGOXIN 52 46 30 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 51 51 32 15
LEVETIRACETAM 51 41 32 44
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 9, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.