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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,526Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 98

$958K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 98

540 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 540 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 540 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 18,324 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 34.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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
SIMVASTATIN 840 784 1 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 779 757 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 694 680 3 5
TRAZODONE HCL 626 607 4 9
FUROSEMIDE 617 597 5 4
ATENOLOL 582 550 6 14
LISINOPRIL 535 492 7 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 532 511 8 8
OMEPRAZOLE 525 493 9 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 471 416 10 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 450 431 11 10
GABAPENTIN 429 406 12 13
MIRTAZAPINE 415 400 13 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 408 405 14 12
SERTRALINE HCL 327 313 15 19
METFORMIN HCL 247 217 16 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 238 215 17 16
TRAMADOL HCL 234 233 18 26
OLANZAPINE 216 188 19 24
NAMENDA 213 213 20 18
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 211 211 21 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 207 198 22 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 202 186 23 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 196 194 24 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 192 162 25 20
LIDODERM 177 175 26 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 170 154 27 34
ADVAIR DISKUS 155 152 28 32
LANTUS 143 139 29 28
RISPERIDONE 136 134 30 27
PREDNISONE 129 120 31 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 128 92 S3 32 39
DIGOXIN 125 115 33 40
FINASTERIDE 125 125 33 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 124 35 36
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 123 103 36 115
CYMBALTA 119 104 37 47
SPIRIVA 112 112 38 46
FLUOXETINE HCL 111 111 39 48
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 109 108 40 44
DIOVAN 101 96 41 57
GENERLAC 101 97 41 82
PROAIR HFA 98 72 43 58
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 96 92 44 22
RANITIDINE HCL 92 92 45 35
ALLOPURINOL 90 75 46 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 84 47 42
OXYCODONE HCL 88 65 S2 48 61
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 85 49 53
KLOR-CON M20 86 86 50 69
NYSTATIN 80 78 51 56
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 74 52 86
CRESTOR 71 71 53 51
NOVOLIN R 70 70 54 79
LEVETIRACETAM 69 47 55 38
CLOPIDOGREL 69 60 55 50
SEROQUEL 67 66 57 52
AMIODARONE HCL 64 64 58 214
PAROXETINE HCL 64 63 58 73
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 64 58 30
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63 63 61 114
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 62 61 63
NYSTOP 61 61 63 64
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 60 64 41
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 59 65 93
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 44 S2 66 78
NOVOLOG 56 48 67 54
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 55 68 68
CELEBREX 54 51 69 119
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 54 43 S2 69 177
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 53 49 71 88
ERYTHROMYCIN 52 51 72 107
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 50 72 71
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 52 51 72 45
CEPHALEXIN 52 51 72 92
COLCRYS 51 45 76 137
PROPRANOLOL HCL 50 44 77 105
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 Nov. 29, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.