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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,202Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 36

$397K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 36

278 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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 New Jersey
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 278 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 8,916 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 New Jersey
WARFARIN SODIUM 613 613 1 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 347 347 2 31
FUROSEMIDE 318 318 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 289 287 4 3
ATENOLOL 280 280 5 18
FAMOTIDINE 223 210 6 17
MIRTAZAPINE 220 220 7 16
SIMVASTATIN 193 188 8 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 192 192 9 2
RISPERIDONE 183 178 10 28
NAMENDA 181 181 11 12
LACTULOSE 181 181 11 27
LISINOPRIL 164 155 13 7
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 163 153 14 34
DONEPEZIL HCL 160 160 15 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 152 151 16 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 152 149 16 11
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 145 137 18 51
SERTRALINE HCL 142 142 19 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 138 138 20 19
PREDNISONE 136 136 21 55
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 130 107 S2 22 29
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 116 116 23 116
OMEPRAZOLE 109 101 24 6
TRAZODONE HCL 108 94 25 54
HYDROCORTISONE 99 99 26 193
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 92 27 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 83 28 26
METFORMIN HCL 76 76 29 9
GABAPENTIN 76 71 29 20
BUDESONIDE 76 72 29 172
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 73 73 32 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 64 33 14
CELEBREX 71 71 34 139
BUSPIRONE HCL 71 59 34 120
GLIPIZIDE 70 70 36 69
SANTYL 70 70 36 72
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 67 67 38 71
FENTANYL 66 66 S2 39 43
SEROQUEL 64 64 40 105
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 63 63 41 37
CARVEDILOL 62 62 42 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 60 60 43 8
LANTUS 53 53 44 43
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 50 49 45 40
DIGOXIN 50 50 45 46
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 Oct. 25, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.