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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,015Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 15

$360K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 15

219 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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 Alabama
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 219 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 219 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 5,647 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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 Alabama
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 291 275 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 291 262 1 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 275 233 3 10
NAMENDA 165 155 4 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 164 164 5 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 157 157 6 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 155 154 7 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 154 137 S3 8 2
FENTANYL 136 133 S2 9 70
CITALOPRAM HBR 135 135 10 12
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 101 101 11 32
LANTUS 101 101 11 50
TRAZODONE HCL 95 95 13 17
CYMBALTA 91 79 14 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 88 88 15 18
OMEPRAZOLE 87 87 16 5
EXELON 82 71 17 54
PREDNISONE 81 78 18 39
LISINOPRIL 79 79 19 6
LEVETIRACETAM 76 39 20 78
NEXIUM 74 73 21 24
MIRTAZAPINE 73 73 22 15
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 71 38 23 28
GABAPENTIN 71 61 23 11
CARVEDILOL 69 69 25 8
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 68 40 26 133
METHADONE HCL 53 53 S2 27 101
SIMVASTATIN 50 45 28 4
RISPERIDONE 50 47 28 52
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 22, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.