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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,170Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 15

$201K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 15

152 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
25% 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 Alabama
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 152 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 152 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,120 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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 Alabama
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 218 218 1 1
LISINOPRIL 181 180 2 6
FUROSEMIDE 176 176 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 164 164 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 156 150 5 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 147 147 6 12
OMEPRAZOLE 129 129 7 5
TRAZODONE HCL 125 125 8 17
SERTRALINE HCL 121 121 9 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 117 117 S3 10 2
NAMENDA 107 107 11 13
MIRTAZAPINE 105 105 12 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 101 101 13 9
TRAMADOL HCL 95 95 14 19
GABAPENTIN 94 94 15 11
CARVEDILOL 92 92 16 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 83 83 17 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 83 80 17 18
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 82 82 19 41
METFORMIN HCL 73 73 20 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 71 71 21 30
MELOXICAM 68 68 22 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 58 58 23 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 56 56 24 16
ALLOPURINOL 55 55 25 58
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 54 54 26 28
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 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.