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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,063Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 54

$494K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 54

217 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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 Connecticut
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,334 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 26.


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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 Connecticut
WARFARIN SODIUM 310 291 1 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 291 291 2 8
SIMVASTATIN 260 207 3 5
MIRTAZAPINE 247 242 4 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 246 222 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 233 214 6 4
TRAZODONE HCL 205 192 7 10
LISINOPRIL 203 180 8 6
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 177 177 9 18
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 160 160 10 21
METFORMIN HCL 140 115 11 19
NAMENDA 138 138 12 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 136 112 13 7
FUROSEMIDE 125 123 14 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 98 81 15 17
LANTUS 98 81 15 30
RISPERIDONE 93 93 17 23
OLANZAPINE 88 76 18 43
OMEPRAZOLE 88 83 18 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 86 86 20 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 79 79 21 27
SEROQUEL 68 68 22 56
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 67 67 23 28
ATENOLOL 67 67 23 24
CLOPIDOGREL 67 60 23 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 63 63 26 22
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 27 49
EXELON 59 57 28 63
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 54 45 29 35
RANITIDINE HCL 51 45 30 50
LEXAPRO 51 51 30 60
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 Oct. 18, 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.