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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,215Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 98

$942K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 98

529 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
17% 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 Nevada
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 529 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,285 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

50% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$152 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $106 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 7.


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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 Nevada
SYNTHROID 491 451 1 41
METFORMIN HCL 442 382 2 20
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 408 332 3 10
PEN NEEDLE 300 262 4 77
LANTUS 196 160 5 100
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 181 157 6 87
GLIMEPIRIDE 181 139 6 107
INSULIN SYRINGE 148 127 8 114
VICTOZA 2-PAK 139 116 10 9 120
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 135 108 10 124
SIMVASTATIN 132 98 11 5
BYETTA 124 115 12 130
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 120 89 13 134
NOVOLOG 113 73 14 139
VICTOZA 3-PAK 98 81 15 144
JANUVIA 90 87 16 112
METFORMIN HCL ER 86 74 17 151
JANUMET 84 76 18 152
HUMALOG 80 63 19 156
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 71 67 20 49
ACTOS 69 67 21 170
LEVOXYL 67 52 22 176
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 64 61 23 9
GLIPIZIDE 62 55 24 129
ALLOPURINOL 60 57 25 99
GLIPIZIDE ER 58 58 26 189
GABAPENTIN 56 43 27 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 54 28 69
RAMIPRIL 50 39 29 209
LISINOPRIL 50 46 29 7
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 4, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.