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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,698Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 107

$884K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 107

515 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 515 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 515 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 13,064 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

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 789 644 1 2
LISINOPRIL 733 606 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 728 643 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 595 395 4 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 532 431 5 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 515 423 6 8
OMEPRAZOLE 458 283 7 6
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 362 245 8 24
FUROSEMIDE 358 305 9 3
METFORMIN HCL 341 268 10 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 286 286 11 10
MIRTAZAPINE 281 275 12 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 247 136 13 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 240 237 14 9
LEVETIRACETAM 237 154 15 44
TAMSULOSIN HCL 228 177 16 27
GABAPENTIN 211 180 17 11
NAMENDA 205 205 18 19
TRAZODONE HCL 189 144 19 22
OLANZAPINE 180 127 20 57
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 162 155 21 49
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 159 145 S2 22 53
HYDRALAZINE HCL 156 139 23 58
CARVEDILOL 150 117 24 25
SPIRIVA 149 127 25 69
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 148 116 26 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 133 27 14
SERTRALINE HCL 144 119 28 12
TRAMADOL HCL 144 119 28 23
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 139 69 30 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 139 102 30 28
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 128 114 S3 32 98
RISPERIDONE 127 47 33 26
DIOVAN 124 113 34 33
LANTUS 119 108 35 34
ATENOLOL 116 81 36 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 115 103 37 18
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 112 81 38 152
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 110 46 39 55
ASPIRIN EC 105 105 40 59
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 99 83 41 31
CLOPIDOGREL 96 96 42 29
PLAVIX 95 95 43 43
OXYCONTIN 91 90 S2 44 124
PREDNISONE 90 85 45 39
LACTULOSE 86 27 46 114
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 42 47 54
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 78 43 48 164
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 69 49 47
LAMOTRIGINE 75 22 50 86
PREVACID 74 42 51 283
NOVOLOG 69 67 52 76
HUMALOG 69 55 52 79
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 68 54 30
LOVASTATIN 67 34 55 51
LITHIUM CARBONATE 64 13 56 178
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 62 62 57 15
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 62 54 57 67
CARBAMAZEPINE XR 61 0 59 195
RANITIDINE HCL 60 48 60 41
FINASTERIDE 59 59 61 72
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 58 47 62 36
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 57 63 89
FENTANYL 57 57 S2 63 50
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 31 65 162
HYDROCORTISONE 56 33 65 181
JANUVIA 56 40 65 71
NIFEDIPINE ER 54 42 68 110
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53 38 69 38
LATANOPROST 52 46 70 94
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 51 42 R 71 131
ENABLEX 50 39 72 399
BACLOFEN 50 32 72 64
CRESTOR 50 35 72 63
HALOPERIDOL 50 0 72 123
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 2, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.