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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,191Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 54

$20.6K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 54 out of 54

254 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 254 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 254 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,246 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$3 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 Washington
D3-50 262 254 10 1 88
SIMVASTATIN 243 191 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 188 170 3 4
LISINOPRIL 181 151 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 144 142 5 1
ASPIRIN EC 137 111 6 119
SENNA 131 116 7 121
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 112 7 14
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 120 120 9 30
MAPAP 120 106 9 127
FUROSEMIDE 119 106 11 5
RANITIDINE HCL 100 100 12 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 99 95 13 9
NAMENDA 98 98 14 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 94 82 15 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 90 71 16 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 89 85 17 19
MIRTAZAPINE 84 79 18 18
COUMADIN 84 71 18 116
METFORMIN HCL 80 56 20 11
GABAPENTIN 80 54 20 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 79 73 S3 22 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 79 68 22 12
OXYCODONE HCL 78 50 S2 24 26
COMBIVENT 74 45 25 109
VITAMIN D 74 73 25 146
DONEPEZIL HCL 74 64 25 15
TRAZODONE HCL 71 71 28 24
PREDNISONE 69 69 29 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 69 64 29 25
SERTRALINE HCL 68 53 31 21
DOK 65 62 32 155
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 64 63 33 16
FERROUS SULFATE 63 57 34 158
ATENOLOL 63 58 34 17
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 52 36 42
ACETAMINOPHEN 58 54 37 167
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 56 47 38 20
RISPERIDONE 56 43 38 38
VITAMIN C 56 48 38 170
CALCIUM 50 50 41 181
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 50 39 41 10
LOVASTATIN 50 50 41 31
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 Nov. 19, 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.