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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,384Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 70

$672K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 70

788 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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 Florida
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 788 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 788 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 10,151 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Florida
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 502 460 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 432 375 2 4
LOVASTATIN 415 355 3 33
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 403 389 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 397 370 5 5
LISINOPRIL 277 266 6 3
SIMVASTATIN 275 257 7 1
METFORMIN HCL 223 182 8 9
FUROSEMIDE 220 212 9 6
MELOXICAM 204 170 10 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 197 184 11 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 194 164 12 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 155 13 15
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 161 157 14 54
ALLOPURINOL 160 150 15 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 154 142 16 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 147 146 17 24
TRAMADOL HCL 146 126 18 17
GABAPENTIN 139 124 19 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 127 112 20 16
ATENOLOL 111 99 21 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 107 101 22 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 103 99 23 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 99 24 29
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 101 95 25 88
PREDNISONE 99 88 26 52
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 96 86 27 151
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 91 77 28 51
PLAVIX 87 78 29 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 85 85 30 18
CLOPIDOGREL 84 76 31 30
SERTRALINE HCL 84 78 31 22
CEPHALEXIN 82 75 33 123
BENAZEPRIL HCL 81 81 34 111
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 70 34 25
TRAZODONE HCL 78 55 36 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 71 61 37 27
ALPRAZOLAM 71 70 37 60
DIGOXIN 71 70 37 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 52 40 23
GLIPIZIDE 69 56 41 48
TERAZOSIN HCL 69 68 41 112
CARVEDILOL 69 65 41 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 60 41 58
GEMFIBROZIL 68 53 45 89
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 62 45 55
NAMENDA 63 63 47 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 57 48 42
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 50 S3 49 8
VERAPAMIL ER 60 55 49 134
SYMBICORT 60 55 49 164
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 57 50 52 78
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 57 49 S3 52 185
PAROXETINE HCL 56 34 54 66
LANTUS 55 50 55 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 45 55 47
HYDROXYZINE HCL 51 25 R 57 182
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 April 12, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.