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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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36,100Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 98

$2.28M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 98

556 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 556 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 556 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 32,004 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

65 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 Massachusetts
WARFARIN SODIUM 2,447 2,261 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,306 1,243 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 1,281 1,179 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 979 816 4 6
LISINOPRIL 862 748 5 3
TRAZODONE HCL 854 746 6 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 787 719 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 738 663 8 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 633 556 9 7
NAMENDA 609 609 10 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 590 538 11 10
METFORMIN HCL 575 500 12 15
SERTRALINE HCL 575 503 12 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 541 509 14 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 512 410 15 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 494 493 16 12
ATENOLOL 477 428 17 14
PREDNISONE 440 423 18 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 440 421 18 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 426 384 20 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 423 404 21 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 377 307 22 22
TRAMADOL HCL 358 310 23 26
EXELON 350 350 24 77
ALLOPURINOL 334 323 25 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 331 292 26 33
DIGOXIN 320 320 27 40
NOVOLOG 313 293 28 54
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 307 305 29 45
LEVETIRACETAM 301 278 30 38
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 283 248 31 88
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 257 252 32 36
GABAPENTIN 252 139 33 13
LANTUS 245 242 34 28
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 231 231 35 113
RISPERIDONE 229 212 36 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 224 195 37 20
CRESTOR 221 168 38 51
AGGRENOX 219 201 10 39 103
GLIPIZIDE 217 205 40 37
CYMBALTA 214 172 41 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 212 199 42 16
OXYCODONE HCL 211 160 S2 43 61
NYSTATIN 211 194 43 56
OLANZAPINE 200 189 45 24
LEVEMIR 197 163 46 110
SEROQUEL 196 165 47 52
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 195 179 48 93
MIRTAZAPINE 187 187 49 11
RANITIDINE HCL 182 125 50 35
NYSTOP 180 162 51 64
ABILIFY 173 134 52 66
PAROXETINE HCL 164 135 53 73
SPIRIVA 155 116 54 46
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 148 124 55 198
CLOZAPINE 138 42 56 55
GEMFIBROZIL 132 114 57 125
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 130 119 58 65
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 130 112 58 102
METOLAZONE 128 128 60 184
FLUOXETINE HCL 128 124 60 48
LITHIUM CARBONATE 126 66 62 188
ADVAIR DISKUS 125 98 63 32
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 124 111 64 44
BACLOFEN 124 76 64 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 120 115 66 42
LIDODERM 116 116 67 29
GLUCAGEN 111 108 68 165
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 110 109 69 83
LOVASTATIN 109 90 70 81
FINASTERIDE 101 98 71 49
KLOR-CON M20 98 98 72 69
BUSPIRONE HCL 98 85 72 135
CARVEDILOL 97 86 74 72
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 96 96 S2 75 78
NIFEDIPINE ER 96 83 75 68
LEVOFLOXACIN 96 92 75 63
TRANSDERM-SCOP 92 82 78 195
PROAIR HFA 91 49 79 58
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 91 91 79 90
OXYCONTIN 91 65 S2 79 198
IBUPROFEN 90 32 82 74
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 89 67 83 53
ERYTHROMYCIN 88 84 84 107
COLCRYS 87 77 85 137
BUPROPION HCL 85 76 86 96
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 83 73 87 41
ONGLYZA 81 77 88 159
CLOPIDOGREL 80 64 89 50
AZITHROMYCIN 80 67 89 104
CLONIDINE HCL 80 71 89 108
DILANTIN 78 74 92 132
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 78 76 92 106
ACTONEL 77 77 94 257
VANCOMYCIN HCL 77 74 94 145
CEPHALEXIN 76 67 96 92
LYRICA 75 68 97 133
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 74 68 98 258
PEN NEEDLE 74 68 98 181
FENTANYL 73 65 S2 100 129
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 16 R 100 167
LAMOTRIGINE 72 38 102 87
GLYBURIDE 71 54 R 103 70
ZETIA 70 60 104 144
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 68 40 R 105 89
MELOXICAM 68 68 105 163
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 66 107 60
DILTIAZEM HCL 66 66 108 197
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 57 108 91
ACTOS 64 49 110 154
NITROFURANTOIN 64 64 110 173
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 63 51 112 34
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 63 51 112 203
NIASPAN 63 29 112 211
COMPRO 63 30 10 112 268
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 60 S3 116 39
HUMALOG 59 58 117 96
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 58 29 118 84
BUDESONIDE 58 58 118 276
DIOVAN 58 58 118 57
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 58 118 75
VESICARE 57 32 122 277
BUPROPION HCL SR 57 36 122 100
TRAVATAN Z 57 57 122 153
GLIPIZIDE ER 57 37 122 121
PLAVIX 56 43 126 76
LIDOCAINE HCL 56 45 126 224
TIMOLOL MALEATE 56 56 126 118
NITROSTAT 55 53 129 207
VALPROIC ACID 55 55 129 140
BUMETANIDE 55 55 129 124
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 55 53 129 227
FORTEO 55 55 129 286
MECLIZINE HCL 54 54 134 164
LATANOPROST 54 54 134 67
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 53 30 S2 136 177
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 53 136 162
JANUVIA 53 41 136 120
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 53 46 136 219
CEFTRIAXONE 53 52 136 226
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 53 51 136 194
METHADONE HCL 52 49 S2 142 126
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 52 142 98
DEXTROSE WITH SODIUM CHLORIDE 52 52 142 294
HYOSCYAMINE SULFATE 52 47 10 142 294
SYNTHROID 50 50 146 228
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 46 146 86
SYMBICORT 50 47 146 187
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 June 4, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.