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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,745Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 19

$844K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 19

418 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

18% of this provider’s 418 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 418 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 13,170 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $41 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 31.


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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 774 719 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 770 698 2 3
TRAZODONE HCL 659 554 3 6
MIRTAZAPINE 543 486 4 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 529 443 5 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 521 437 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 455 404 7 10
LISINOPRIL 424 393 8 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 316 228 9 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 310 301 10 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 298 253 11 19
GABAPENTIN 283 209 12 13
RISPERIDONE 260 179 13 24
SIMVASTATIN 260 238 13 2
OLANZAPINE 253 219 15 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 248 231 16 8
ATENOLOL 222 217 17 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 205 192 18 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 184 157 19 14
OMEPRAZOLE 172 157 20 9
SERTRALINE HCL 157 155 21 20
NAMENDA 145 135 22 15
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 139 119 23 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 132 106 24 44
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 131 98 25 33
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 125 99 S3 26 30
LEVETIRACETAM 117 67 27 60
SEROQUEL 114 113 28 41
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 111 105 29 44
CYMBALTA 104 71 30 36
METFORMIN HCL 100 87 31 17
TRAMADOL HCL 94 82 32 27
LACTULOSE 89 41 33 62
LAMOTRIGINE 89 78 33 59
TAMSULOSIN HCL 87 70 35 29
NYSTATIN 86 50 36 58
PREDNISONE 85 74 37 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 70 38 49
CLOZAPINE 83 0 38 62
LEVOFLOXACIN 83 71 38 79
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 82 58 41 121
BACLOFEN 82 41 41 65
CARBAMAZEPINE 79 51 43 123
LANTUS 78 63 44 31
SPIRIVA 77 57 45 47
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 73 42 46 129
DIGOXIN 72 72 47 28
RANITIDINE HCL 71 62 48 42
ABILIFY 69 69 49 39
ERYTHROMYCIN 68 64 50 95
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 67 67 51 16
METHADONE HCL 64 57 S2 52 143
AMIODARONE HCL 62 39 53 147
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 60 54 26
CEPHALEXIN 60 50 54 89
CLOPIDOGREL 59 52 56 71
METOLAZONE 58 44 57 155
FINASTERIDE 58 58 57 54
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 58 49 57 98
NOVOLIN R 57 55 60 83
MELOXICAM 57 50 60 158
NYSTOP 56 47 62 81
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 55 55 63 167
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 55 47 63 85
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 55 47 63 167
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 53 63 100
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 52 67 50
MUPIROCIN 51 42 68 185
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.