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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,786Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 232

$1.93M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 232

769 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 769 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 769 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 25,080 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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 California
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,538 1,243 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 1,101 782 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 923 653 3 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 830 710 4 15
METFORMIN HCL 789 586 5 9
FUROSEMIDE 729 489 6 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 657 398 7 3
GABAPENTIN 599 424 8 12
NAMENDA 583 572 9 18
DIOVAN 538 434 10 27
ATENOLOL 536 369 11 11
FAMOTIDINE 526 399 12 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 521 394 13 19
RISPERIDONE 514 370 14 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 496 412 15 22
MELOXICAM 481 434 16 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 468 265 17 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 460 439 18 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 455 355 19 10
LISINOPRIL 439 319 20 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 423 368 21 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 387 267 S3 22 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 366 245 23 14
LANTUS 363 232 24 36
CARVEDILOL 361 265 25 21
GLIPIZIDE 355 270 26 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 333 184 27 47
CLONIDINE HCL 327 258 28 58
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 326 205 R 29 132
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 302 239 30 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 296 209 31 20
OLANZAPINE 294 210 32 86
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 293 175 33 17
LEVETIRACETAM 283 141 34 72
BENAZEPRIL HCL 282 200 35 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 278 207 36 44
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 274 201 37 52
MEGESTROL ACETATE 241 213 R 38 102
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 232 188 39 59
SERTRALINE HCL 221 176 40 35
SINGULAIR 218 171 41 96
DIGOXIN 217 183 42 37
HUMULIN R 210 150 43 152
TRAMADOL HCL 209 184 44 33
ALLOPURINOL 207 154 45 39
MIRTAZAPINE 199 162 46 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 195 152 47 24
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 193 146 48 73
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 192 147 49 54
NEXIUM 189 127 50 45
LACTULOSE 184 75 51 90
NOVOLIN R 183 152 52 74
NIFEDIPINE ER 180 149 53 110
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 179 136 S3 54 81
PROAIR HFA 177 149 55 79
SPIRIVA 166 118 56 84
JANUVIA 166 81 56 60
HYDRALAZINE HCL 165 139 58 62
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 161 126 59 23
CLOPIDOGREL 154 127 60 34
GEMFIBROZIL 151 107 61 104
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 88 62 16
ABILIFY 146 65 63 146
CELEBREX 146 104 63 63
LANSOPRAZOLE 132 111 65 145
GLYBURIDE 130 117 R 66 85
SEROQUEL 128 105 67 105
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 125 114 68 172
TOPIRAMATE 124 44 69 236
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 122 105 70 43
ACTOS 122 65 70 100
TRAZODONE HCL 120 67 72 38
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 113 93 73 67
BACLOFEN 112 73 74 83
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 111 44 75 156
IBUPROFEN 110 49 76 65
PAROXETINE HCL 109 68 77 69
FENOFIBRATE 108 69 78 93
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 107 76 79 94
HALOPERIDOL 106 62 80 244
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 105 60 81 113
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 104 61 82 122
CLOZAPINE 103 0 83 321
CYMBALTA 99 70 84 57
LIDODERM 99 66 84 48
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 98 67 86 64
NOVOLOG 98 51 86 91
LEVEMIR 98 65 86 171
PLAVIX 97 88 89 50
CLOTRIMAZOLE 97 49 89 287
CEPHALEXIN 95 64 91 108
PREDNISONE 92 68 92 49
CRESTOR 91 72 93 56
HYDROXYZINE HCL 90 41 R 94 191
SUCRALFATE 89 75 95 178
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 88 82 R 96 121
FLUOXETINE HCL 87 24 97 71
LEVOFLOXACIN 87 67 97 80
SPIRONOLACTONE 85 40 99 77
LAMOTRIGINE 83 31 100 202
VESICARE 82 72 101 175
KLOR-CON M20 82 64 101 112
NITROSTAT 82 60 101 258
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 56 S2 104 109
SODIUM CHLORIDE 80 59 104 205
SURE COMFORT 79 54 106 295
GLIMEPIRIDE 78 27 107 75
FINASTERIDE 78 77 107 76
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 78 51 107 133
LIPITOR 78 60 107 89
AZITHROMYCIN 78 64 107 51
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 74 41 112 142
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 74 63 112 160
NIASPAN 74 51 112 204
HUMALOG 73 50 115 119
VOLTAREN 72 63 116 139
VALPROIC ACID 71 54 117 184
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 55 118 203
MUPIROCIN 65 40 119 242
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 64 49 120 363
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 64 41 R 120 218
PATANOL 64 54 120 195
NAPROXEN 64 37 120 107
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 62 54 124 32
AMIODARONE HCL 62 40 124 140
CARBAMAZEPINE 60 14 126 192
VENTOLIN HFA 59 46 127 154
CILOSTAZOL 59 31 127 246
ALCOHOL SWABS 58 52 129 275
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 37 130 153
PHENYTOIN 56 32 131 223
LOVASTATIN 56 55 131 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 30 133 92
KLOR-CON 8 53 34 134 159
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 37 134 207
ACTONEL 53 43 134 141
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 13 R 137 215
LOPERAMIDE 52 44 137 321
LEXAPRO 50 34 139 170
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 Feb. 17, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.