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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,866Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 29

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 29

560 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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 Arkansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 560 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 560 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 21,193 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 26%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Arkansas
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,129 1,050 1 6
FUROSEMIDE 1,099 1,009 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,056 1,033 3 1
LISINOPRIL 870 845 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 679 618 S3 5 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 602 582 6 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 579 535 7 14
TRAZODONE HCL 507 479 8 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 450 450 9 9
GABAPENTIN 441 376 10 10
SIMVASTATIN 436 425 11 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 419 408 12 5
MIRTAZAPINE 405 402 13 13
NAMENDA 393 393 14 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 381 373 15 15
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 292 284 16 58
CARVEDILOL 290 259 17 27
OMEPRAZOLE 272 251 18 8
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 247 244 19 46
TRAMADOL HCL 225 207 20 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 214 214 21 16
LANTUS 209 202 22 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 207 195 23 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 206 205 24 31
CLOPIDOGREL 201 201 25 33
NOVOLOG 195 173 26 85
HUMALOG 195 178 26 84
ATENOLOL 193 189 28 23
SERTRALINE HCL 185 167 29 17
DIGOXIN 180 172 30 34
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 167 137 31 45
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 164 155 32 32
LEVEMIR 163 138 33 123
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 162 162 34 28
METFORMIN HCL 161 130 35 19
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 154 142 36 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 153 153 37 37
FAMOTIDINE 149 142 38 61
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 135 38 20
DIOVAN 146 145 40 35
DILTIAZEM HCL 137 113 41 115
SPIRONOLACTONE 136 121 42 54
PLAVIX 127 127 43 51
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 124 93 44 112
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 120 106 45 100
PREDNISONE 119 105 46 41
CELEBREX 112 112 47 106
SSD 110 110 48 155
FENTANYL 108 80 S2 49 76
RISPERIDONE 107 107 50 49
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 105 90 51 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 104 101 52 68
NEXIUM 104 103 52 47
CYMBALTA 101 101 54 29
PAROXETINE HCL 100 90 55 68
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 100 75 55 75
DETROL LA 96 96 57 86
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 88 58 66
LEVOFLOXACIN 93 89 59 60
OXYCODONE HCL 93 32 S2 59 78
LYRICA 84 84 61 67
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 83 71 62 164
PROPRANOLOL HCL 83 63 62 70
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 78 77 64 88
EVISTA 78 78 64 55
AMOXICILLIN 78 76 64 142
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78 69 64 26
NYSTOP 77 74 68 171
CLONIDINE HCL 76 76 69 53
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 53 70 94
GLIPIZIDE 75 55 70 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75 72 70 30
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 73 70 73 74
AZITHROMYCIN 70 66 74 62
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 70 74 44
BENAZEPRIL HCL 69 69 76 83
VENLAFAXINE HCL 69 69 76 93
ABILIFY 65 50 78 106
FLUOXETINE HCL 63 35 79 106
SEROQUEL 63 56 79 71
BUSPIRONE HCL 62 62 81 97
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 62 62 81 187
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 33 S2 83 131
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 60 49 83 87
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 60 53 83 105
KLOR-CON M20 60 60 83 57
MEGESTROL ACETATE 59 59 R 87 150
VESICARE 58 51 88 103
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 58 39 R 88 149
LACTULOSE 57 55 90 120
LIDODERM 57 48 90 139
CEPHALEXIN 57 50 90 89
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 56 93 72
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 56 56 93 116
COMBIVENT 54 47 95 195
LEVETIRACETAM 53 38 96 77
OLANZAPINE 53 38 96 82
GALANTAMINE HBR 52 52 98 81
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 52 49 98 127
MELOXICAM 51 45 100 36
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 50 100 137
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 50 49 102 25
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. 12, 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.