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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,575Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 63

$647K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 63

378 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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
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this specialty
in Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 378 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 378 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,105 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$44 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
FUROSEMIDE 543 525 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 508 508 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 376 376 3 6
JANTOVEN 375 366 4 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 363 363 5 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 355 354 6 3
LISINOPRIL 326 312 7 2
LOVASTATIN 325 310 8 25
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 315 312 9 7
MIRTAZAPINE 309 304 10 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 257 246 11 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 218 218 12 23
SIMVASTATIN 208 205 13 5
TRAZODONE HCL 200 190 14 18
GABAPENTIN 191 191 15 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 187 187 16 13
SERTRALINE HCL 173 161 17 19
NAMENDA 171 171 18 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 155 155 19 9
CYMBALTA 154 140 20 43
SPIRONOLACTONE 140 127 21 60
TRAMADOL HCL 133 132 22 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 132 132 23 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 128 108 24 26
ATENOLOL 119 107 25 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 119 25 15
KLOR-CON M20 119 118 25 31
RANITIDINE HCL 111 99 28 27
PAROXETINE HCL 111 107 28 71
ALLOPURINOL 107 105 30 55
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 107 104 30 85
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 105 32 32
LEVOFLOXACIN 103 103 33 57
CLOPIDOGREL 101 101 34 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 99 99 35 84
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 99 99 35 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 99 35 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 98 97 S3 38 36
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 98 90 38 44
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 96 84 40 35
IBUPROFEN 95 56 41 100
DIGOXIN 94 94 42 50
AZITHROMYCIN 91 90 43 59
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 91 91 43 66
KLOR-CON M10 88 88 45 118
PLAVIX 87 87 46 51
DIOVAN 85 85 47 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 83 48 48
CEPHALEXIN 81 69 49 102
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 80 80 50 122
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 77 77 51 16
FINASTERIDE 76 76 52 75
MELOXICAM 76 76 52 91
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 75 75 54 34
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 74 74 55 127
CARVEDILOL 72 72 56 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 70 56 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 71 58 42
NEXIUM 70 70 59 72
PREDNISONE 70 67 59 54
SINGULAIR 64 64 61 136
CILOSTAZOL 64 64 61 136
CRESTOR 63 63 63 76
METFORMIN HCL 63 53 63 17
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 61 61 65 112
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 61 61 65 100
LIDODERM 59 58 67 65
EXELON 58 58 68 80
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 58 68 68
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 55 55 70 150
RISPERIDONE 55 55 70 33
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. 15, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.