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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,867Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 140

$309K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 140

638 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 638 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 638 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,831 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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 California
DONEPEZIL HCL 384 384 1 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 340 339 2 17
SIMVASTATIN 311 310 3 1
LISINOPRIL 241 238 4 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 210 210 5 2
SERTRALINE HCL 194 191 6 29
NAMENDA 182 182 7 21
FUROSEMIDE 177 177 8 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 154 154 9 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 153 152 10 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 150 150 11 9
MIRTAZAPINE 134 134 12 18
FAMOTIDINE 132 132 13 15
ATENOLOL 130 130 14 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 124 122 S3 15 4
OMEPRAZOLE 115 115 16 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 93 93 17 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 87 18 16
VALPROIC ACID 86 86 19 97
TRAZODONE HCL 80 76 20 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 75 75 21 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 74 74 22 6
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 68 23 47
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 64 64 24 20
RISPERIDONE 64 64 24 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61 61 26 76
CEPHALEXIN 58 57 27 121
NOVOLIN R 51 51 28 39
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 51 51 28 41
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 Sept. 23, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.