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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,037Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 25

$771K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 25

371 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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 Illinois
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 371 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 371 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 12,729 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 27.


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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 Illinois
FUROSEMIDE 874 848 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 608 578 2 2
LISINOPRIL 537 495 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 459 428 4 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 316 287 5 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 314 269 S3 6 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 312 254 7 8
SERTRALINE HCL 305 249 8 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 282 256 9 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 264 250 10 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 260 252 11 14
OMEPRAZOLE 260 246 11 5
METFORMIN HCL 233 185 13 10
MIRTAZAPINE 226 215 14 26
NAMENDA 225 219 15 22
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 215 206 16 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 195 171 17 24
GABAPENTIN 194 172 18 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 178 178 19 20
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 159 155 20 72
KLOR-CON M20 157 153 21 49
PREDNISONE 150 145 22 41
LEVOFLOXACIN 142 135 23 56
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 138 123 24 18
TRAZODONE HCL 128 111 25 36
FENTANYL 126 99 S2 26 58
CLOPIDOGREL 122 117 27 29
RISPERIDONE 109 100 28 21
LIDODERM 108 101 29 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 103 100 30 34
NYSTATIN 102 88 31 139
CARVEDILOL 101 98 32 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 86 33 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 88 33 17
LANTUS 92 78 35 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 92 82 35 23
TRAMADOL HCL 90 81 37 13
ALLOPURINOL 88 88 38 59
DIOVAN 85 85 39 45
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 81 66 40 46
MELOXICAM 81 54 40 81
PLAVIX 78 70 42 51
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 77 74 43 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 77 69 43 7
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 75 75 45 74
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 73 64 46 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 71 71 47 121
CEFTRIAXONE 71 69 47 162
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 68 49 88
FINASTERIDE 70 53 49 95
LEVETIRACETAM 70 47 49 62
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 69 57 52 61
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 68 53 53 42
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 67 65 54 47
SPIRIVA 67 63 54 100
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 59 56 67
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 60 60 57 134
METOLAZONE 58 48 58 126
NOVOLIN 70-30 58 58 58 114
GLIPIZIDE 57 57 60 48
LIDOCAINE HCL 56 54 61 184
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 55 55 62 66
BUDESONIDE 53 53 63 190
SEROQUEL 53 53 63 91
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 65 50
RISPERDAL CONSTA 51 51 65 55
ATENOLOL 51 51 65 31
CYMBALTA 51 51 65 60
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 49 69 123
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 50 41 69 201
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 Jan. 31, 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.