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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,343Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 26

$376K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 26

199 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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 Maryland
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 199 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,898 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

37 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 26.


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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 Maryland
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 346 330 1 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 313 313 2 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 284 262 3 4
LISINOPRIL 255 254 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 249 241 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 210 210 6 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 175 175 7 11
OMEPRAZOLE 174 163 8 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 171 171 9 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 141 112 10 10
SIMVASTATIN 138 137 11 6
MIRTAZAPINE 138 123 11 9
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 137 132 13 24
TRAMADOL HCL 126 126 14 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 125 15 35
RISPERIDONE 121 102 16 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 118 118 17 22
NAMENDA 104 92 18 25
CYMBALTA 97 97 19 45
TRAZODONE HCL 97 88 19 14
CLOPIDOGREL 92 79 21 36
GABAPENTIN 91 89 22 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 87 87 23 17
SERTRALINE HCL 83 76 24 15
LANTUS 81 73 25 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 80 26 23
FAMOTIDINE 79 67 27 60
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 69 69 28 27
PLAVIX 56 49 29 44
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 42 30 59
OXYCODONE HCL 52 47 S2 31 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51 51 32 39
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 Dec. 21, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.