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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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48,952Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 68

$2.67M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 68

998 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%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 Pennsylvania
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 998 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 998 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 41,616 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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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 Pennsylvania
SIMVASTATIN 2,036 1,793 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,653 1,462 2 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,625 1,443 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,602 1,399 4 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,504 1,276 5 8
FUROSEMIDE 1,274 1,161 6 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,131 1,093 7 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,046 918 8 2
MIRTAZAPINE 1,018 896 9 15
RISPERIDONE 1,004 851 10 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 919 739 11 9
RANITIDINE HCL 817 733 12 34
NAMENDA 685 669 13 16
SERTRALINE HCL 684 561 14 20
OMEPRAZOLE 681 554 15 5
FENTANYL 656 520 S2 16 39
CARVEDILOL 609 547 17 27
LEVETIRACETAM 607 465 18 44
HYDRALAZINE HCL 596 567 19 51
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 589 509 20 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 588 499 21 28
GABAPENTIN 585 462 22 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 555 451 23 49
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 549 429 S2 24 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 544 490 25 11
METFORMIN HCL 531 455 26 14
LANTUS 493 370 27 36
TRAZODONE HCL 472 415 28 32
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 451 339 S3 29 73
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 421 368 30 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 399 350 31 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 342 303 32 30
HALOPERIDOL 320 210 33 104
SANTYL 318 281 34 87
ADVAIR DISKUS 305 291 35 41
CLOPIDOGREL 301 294 36 31
GLIPIZIDE 294 250 37 54
NOVOLOG 284 201 38 78
OLANZAPINE 263 222 39 82
HUMALOG 259 217 40 72
SEROQUEL 257 214 41 71
TRAMADOL HCL 255 212 42 23
PLAVIX 253 235 43 48
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 250 214 44 55
NYSTATIN 247 236 45 74
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 243 223 46 77
ALLOPURINOL 241 217 47 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 240 216 48 19
ATENOLOL 232 229 49 21
HEPARIN SODIUM 227 179 50 101
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 221 207 51 38
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 220 189 52 99
CLONIDINE HCL 214 173 53 94
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 199 191 54 50
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 198 173 55 18
DIOVAN 197 166 56 42
KLOR-CON M20 196 144 57 40
LATANOPROST 196 187 57 63
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 195 158 59 37
LIDODERM 194 188 60 68
TRAVATAN Z 192 169 61 161
NIFEDIPINE ER 189 151 62 79
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 184 166 63 26
BUSPIRONE HCL 181 155 64 98
BACLOFEN 176 82 65 82
DILTIAZEM HCL 174 155 66 154
ABILIFY 173 123 67 121
PREDNISONE 161 145 68 47
NIFEDICAL XL 161 141 68 100
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 160 95 R 70 146
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 157 118 71 22
IBUPROFEN 155 112 72 64
FAMOTIDINE 153 135 73 56
CELEBREX 150 136 74 112
NIFEDIAC CC 150 137 74 134
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 148 119 76 89
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 148 114 76 80
CLOZAPINE 148 93 76 205
SPIRIVA 148 146 76 60
VALPROIC ACID 146 131 80 130
FINASTERIDE 145 133 81 70
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 144 77 82 53
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 138 96 83 164
HUMULIN R 138 122 83 129
TIMOLOL MALEATE 135 135 85 153
SPS 133 124 10 86 211
LIPITOR 132 103 87 131
DIGOXIN 132 116 87 45
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 128 82 89 123
AMANTADINE 125 81 90 176
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 120 115 91 61
LABETALOL HCL 119 80 92 159
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 118 100 93 121
VENLAFAXINE HCL 117 109 94 173
NAPROXEN 112 111 95 166
LYRICA 109 95 96 105
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108 87 97 66
CEPHALEXIN 106 96 98 115
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 105 104 99 29
OXYCODONE HCL 105 54 S2 99 75
NYSTOP 104 77 101 106
LOPERAMIDE 104 89 101 166
RENVELA 101 72 103 232
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 101 63 103 118
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 99 97 105 52
NOVOLIN R 93 74 106 187
LEXAPRO 93 87 106 117
SPIRONOLACTONE 93 75 106 88
ENULOSE 92 47 109 237
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 92 64 109 81
CLONIDINE 92 77 109 201
FLUOXETINE HCL 92 64 109 113
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 91 68 113 85
HUMULIN 70-30 90 81 114 152
BUMETANIDE 90 76 114 58
VESICARE 89 78 116 149
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 85 79 117 132
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 85 82 117 191
CRESTOR 85 83 117 90
OXYCONTIN 84 50 S2 120 92
COLCRYS 84 57 120 180
AMIODARONE HCL 83 56 122 160
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 82 75 S2 123 114
NITROFURANTOIN 81 74 124 186
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 80 80 125 133
CALCITRIOL 76 60 126 246
LOVASTATIN 76 56 126 76
EXELON 75 56 128 57
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 75 0 128 197
CYMBALTA 75 58 128 59
TERAZOSIN HCL 75 74 128 170
LEVOFLOXACIN 74 60 132 91
TRICOR 74 61 132 125
CALCIUM ACETATE 72 46 134 215
DILANTIN 72 53 134 214
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 71 69 136 253
AZITHROMYCIN 70 65 137 97
LAMOTRIGINE 66 21 138 156
SINGULAIR 66 59 138 187
PRANDIN 65 61 140 107
MUPIROCIN 64 54 141 139
PAROXETINE HCL 64 42 141 93
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 64 55 141 140
ARANESP 64 39 141 175
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 62 38 145 262
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 48 145 84
ZENPEP 62 62 145 262
FLOVENT HFA 61 49 148 265
ERYTHROMYCIN 60 56 149 184
LEVEMIR 60 52 149 138
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 60 47 149 268
LIDOCAINE HCL VISCOUS 60 60 149 268
GENERLAC 58 43 153 273
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 41 S3 153 17
METHOTREXATE 58 58 153 220
CARBAMAZEPINE 56 42 156 141
MORPHINE SULFATE 55 47 S2 157 135
XIFAXAN 54 51 158 279
GLIPIZIDE ER 54 54 158 279
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 53 51 160 168
LACTULOSE 53 45 160 127
DILTIAZEM ER 53 53 160 228
ENABLEX 52 51 163 194
BUPROPION XL 52 39 163 288
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 42 R 163 288
ZETIA 51 51 166 110
PHENYTOIN 51 33 166 227
HYDROCORTISONE 50 43 168 108
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 50 50 168 224
NOVOLIN 70-30 50 48 168 213
HYDROXYZINE HCL 50 47 R 168 151
NEXIUM 50 44 168 62
BICALUTAMIDE 50 50 168 298
MELOXICAM 50 43 168 111
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 Dec. 9, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.