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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,107Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 53

$542K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 53

281 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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 Missouri
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 281 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 281 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,703 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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 Missouri
FUROSEMIDE 507 492 1 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 475 438 2 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 446 411 3 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 424 424 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 382 354 5 9
LISINOPRIL 308 270 6 2
SIMVASTATIN 290 229 7 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 289 281 S3 8 6
MIRTAZAPINE 288 283 9 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 280 271 10 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 248 197 11 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 245 236 12 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 243 242 13 10
TRAZODONE HCL 191 180 14 16
SERTRALINE HCL 175 162 15 19
GLIPIZIDE 158 154 16 45
NAMENDA 153 151 17 11
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 153 149 17 53
PREDNISONE 138 127 19 49
TRAMADOL HCL 128 112 20 15
RISPERIDONE 116 92 21 24
ATENOLOL 114 101 22 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 112 106 23 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 109 86 24 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 108 92 25 23
GABAPENTIN 107 79 26 17
MONOJECT INSULIN SYRINGE 103 103 27 107
LANTUS 103 86 27 25
CARVEDILOL 101 95 29 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 97 84 30 61
KLOR-CON 10 96 96 31 70
LEVETIRACETAM 82 46 32 51
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 80 57 S2 33 64
HYDRALAZINE HCL 79 76 34 57
COMBIVENT 78 58 35 115
NOVOLOG 78 56 35 43
METFORMIN HCL 75 66 37 18
DIGOXIN 74 74 38 48
RANITIDINE HCL 74 56 38 35
NYSTATIN 73 71 40 89
FENTANYL 71 42 S2 41 60
CYMBALTA 71 58 41 30
LEVOFLOXACIN 69 62 43 84
NOVOLIN R 69 69 43 108
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 68 57 45 36
BUMETANIDE 67 67 46 160
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 59 47 66
OXYCONTIN 59 16 S2 48 141
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55 51 49 26
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 55 45 49 34
METRONIDAZOLE 55 52 49 228
MELOXICAM 54 50 52 55
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 54 53 52 145
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 54 46 52 22
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 53 52 55 123
CLOPIDOGREL 53 34 55 40
CELEBREX 52 40 57 105
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 49 57 38
CEPHALEXIN 51 48 59 112
GEMFIBROZIL 50 19 60 97
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.