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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,272Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 63

$397K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 63

185 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,970 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
OMEPRAZOLE 298 284 1 6
JANTOVEN 298 298 1 28
MIRTAZAPINE 275 269 3 8
LISINOPRIL 258 255 4 2
TAMSULOSIN HCL 197 194 5 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 194 192 6 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 179 166 7 1
FUROSEMIDE 176 174 8 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 146 146 9 3
FINASTERIDE 138 138 10 75
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 129 129 11 34
LOVASTATIN 128 127 12 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 118 118 13 14
TRAZODONE HCL 114 110 14 18
NAMENDA 113 113 15 24
SERTRALINE HCL 105 103 16 19
SIMVASTATIN 104 92 17 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 99 99 18 11
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 97 93 19 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 92 92 20 58
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 87 21 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 82 22 15
LACTULOSE 82 72 23 47
TRAMADOL HCL 80 67 24 12
LANTUS 75 75 25 29
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 71 70 26 130
METFORMIN HCL 70 68 27 17
CARVEDILOL 67 67 28 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 65 57 29 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 61 60 30 10
KLOR-CON M20 60 48 31 31
RANITIDINE HCL 59 59 32 27
AZITHROMYCIN 56 47 33 59
SEROQUEL 55 55 34 69
OLANZAPINE 55 55 34 56
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 54 36 46
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 52 37 63
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 51 48 38 96
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 46 38 68
ATENOLOL 51 51 38 22
AGGRENOX 50 50 41 165
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 June 13, 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.