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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,506Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 16

$710K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 16

575 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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 Minnesota
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 575 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,826 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $44 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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 Minnesota
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 695 682 1 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 544 541 2 14
FUROSEMIDE 521 508 3 2
LISINOPRIL 495 487 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 480 411 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 476 448 6 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 473 466 7 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 370 366 8 9
GABAPENTIN 314 282 9 10
SIMVASTATIN 313 303 10 8
ATENOLOL 270 266 11 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 268 258 12 7
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 256 256 13 27
TRAZODONE HCL 246 227 14 12
NAMENDA 234 229 15 20
MIRTAZAPINE 233 232 16 17
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 216 216 17 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 186 179 18 13
TRAMADOL HCL 175 175 19 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 169 169 20 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 160 156 21 11
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 159 159 22 34
LANTUS 157 141 23 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 152 137 24 40
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 139 139 25 56
NOVOLOG 133 129 26 37
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 133 132 26 74
SERTRALINE HCL 132 121 28 19
SEROQUEL 118 118 29 60
LIDODERM 116 116 30 69
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 115 115 31 39
KLOR-CON M20 112 112 32 49
PREDNISONE 111 110 33 23
NYSTOP 104 101 34 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 100 35 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 102 101 35 61
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 99 99 37 24
NYSTATIN 88 82 38 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 88 82 38 47
CARVEDILOL 87 87 40 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 86 41 21
RISPERIDONE 81 77 42 31
BUDESONIDE 80 80 43 88
METFORMIN HCL 80 74 43 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 79 76 45 45
OLANZAPINE 78 74 46 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 70 47 46
GLIPIZIDE 67 67 48 75
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 66 61 49 96
LEVETIRACETAM 65 51 50 51
CYMBALTA 63 55 51 43
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 61 52 99
OXYCODONE HCL 61 59 S2 53 15
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 60 58 54 66
HUMALOG 59 28 55 102
GALANTAMINE HBR 59 59 55 102
ALLOPURINOL 58 58 57 44
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 54 53 58 62
MAPAP 53 53 59 28
SPIRIVA 52 52 60 70
TRAVATAN Z 51 51 61 112
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 51 51 61 112
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 March 6, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.