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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,986Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 98

$780K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 98

276 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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 Massachusetts
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 276 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 276 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 11,973 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 22%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

51 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 34.


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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 Massachusetts
WARFARIN SODIUM 875 808 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 516 452 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 510 416 3 4
LISINOPRIL 479 410 4 3
TRAZODONE HCL 427 359 5 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 385 308 6 22
OMEPRAZOLE 377 342 7 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 365 334 8 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 340 295 9 5
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 320 306 10 23
RISPERIDONE 303 238 11 27
GABAPENTIN 292 270 12 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 277 266 13 12
MIRTAZAPINE 275 257 14 11
SERTRALINE HCL 237 197 15 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 223 180 16 10
OLANZAPINE 194 139 17 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 183 150 18 7
METFORMIN HCL 181 153 19 15
ATENOLOL 177 165 20 14
LACTULOSE 173 167 21 62
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 170 119 22 33
NAMENDA 163 160 23 18
LANTUS 149 136 24 28
BACLOFEN 137 104 25 59
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 104 26 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 110 86 27 25
ABILIFY 106 103 28 66
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 105 93 29 16
HALOPERIDOL 104 68 30 112
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 102 95 S3 31 39
SEROQUEL 102 102 31 52
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 100 100 33 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 98 82 34 42
CYMBALTA 94 78 35 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 90 90 36 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 89 69 37 20
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 86 74 S2 38 78
TRAMADOL HCL 83 82 39 26
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 83 83 39 44
SEROQUEL XR 79 72 41 183
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 78 59 42 21
LEVOFLOXACIN 77 70 43 63
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 57 43 90
PAROXETINE HCL 75 45 45 73
STROMECTOL 72 57 46 261
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 71 71 47 36
FENTANYL 65 64 S2 48 129
LIDODERM 65 65 48 29
GLIPIZIDE 64 43 50 37
DIOVAN 64 53 50 57
PREDNISONE 63 63 52 31
TAMIFLU 63 52 52 134
ALLOPURINOL 59 59 54 43
SPIRIVA 59 56 54 46
CLOZAPINE 57 0 56 55
DIGOXIN 56 56 57 40
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 52 50 S2 58 177
OXYCODONE HCL 52 35 S2 58 61
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 51 35 60 101
BUPROPION HCL SR 50 41 61 100
LEVETIRACETAM 50 38 61 38
NYSTOP 50 33 61 64
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. 27, 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.