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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,541Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 11

$401K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 11

193 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 193 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 193 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,358 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 Kansas
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 582 570 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 461 460 2 2
RISPERIDONE 301 287 3 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 255 242 4 11
SERTRALINE HCL 248 248 5 19
LISINOPRIL 245 226 6 4
NAMENDA 243 243 7 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 171 171 8 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 167 167 9 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 157 157 10 3
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 155 155 11 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 154 141 S3 12 5
SPIRONOLACTONE 149 149 13 34
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 114 114 14 35
DIGOXIN 103 103 15 28
TRAZODONE HCL 101 101 16 30
SIMVASTATIN 99 99 17 6
LANTUS 89 89 18 20
KLOR-CON M20 83 83 19 38
METFORMIN HCL 82 79 20 16
SEROQUEL 79 79 21 78
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 76 75 22 10
LEVOFLOXACIN 74 73 23 84
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 74 74 23 67
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 72 25 18
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 68 25 41
KETOCONAZOLE 64 55 27 115
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 62 62 28 8
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 61 60 29 43
KLOR-CON M10 61 61 29 54
NOVOLOG 60 60 31 22
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 58 46 32 127
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 57 33 21
PREDNISONE 56 56 34 36
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 55 55 35 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 54 54 36 26
CLOPIDOGREL 54 47 36 40
OLANZAPINE 54 54 36 53
NYSTATIN 50 49 39 89
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. 3, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.