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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,913Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 63

$370K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 63

257 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%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 Maryland
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 257 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 3,946 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$75 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 Maryland
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 172 151 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 167 151 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 156 144 3 1
LISINOPRIL 144 131 4 2
METFORMIN HCL 109 86 5 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 107 90 6 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 99 7 20
SIMVASTATIN 95 59 8 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 88 88 9 14
LOVASTATIN 87 76 10 25
MIRTAZAPINE 86 83 11 8
NAMENDA 86 86 11 24
OMEPRAZOLE 84 33 13 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 68 58 14 10
TRAZODONE HCL 67 63 15 18
TRAMADOL HCL 67 49 15 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 62 17 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 53 18 46
RISPERIDONE 61 31 19 33
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 59 54 20 83
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 52 20 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 58 45 22 7
TAMSULOSIN HCL 55 51 23 26
LANTUS 51 51 24 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 32 S3 25 36
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 April 19, 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.