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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,996Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 14

$1.95M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 14

1,154 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
49%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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 Virginia
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 1,154 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 1,154 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 18,352 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 Virginia
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,337 612 S3 1 7
OMEPRAZOLE 1,068 584 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 856 569 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 754 526 4 6
OXYCODONE HCL 699 194 S2 5 23
LISINOPRIL 587 397 6 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 575 412 7 9
GABAPENTIN 540 197 8 11
SIMVASTATIN 502 335 9 5
CARVEDILOL 496 372 10 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 495 240 11 21
ENDOCET 483 184 S2 12 35
NEXIUM 455 190 13 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 431 304 14 1
TAMSULOSIN HCL 398 222 15 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 393 275 16 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 376 261 17 16
PROMETHAZINE HCL 344 74 R 18 39
GLIMEPIRIDE 317 218 19 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 297 147 20 32
TRAMADOL HCL 297 170 20 20
AZITHROMYCIN 288 175 22 48
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 272 144 S2 23 57
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 271 152 24 10
METFORMIN HCL ER 258 170 25 59
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 249 105 S3 26 61
CARISOPRODOL 247 69 R 27 62
TIZANIDINE HCL 247 82 27 62
CITALOPRAM HBR 246 194 29 18
CEFDINIR 238 159 30 67
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 228 101 31 38
RAMIPRIL 225 166 32 69
ATENOLOL 225 128 32 28
MELOXICAM 223 115 34 46
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 222 164 35 8
IBUPROFEN 221 82 36 47
PREDNISONE 220 123 37 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 218 143 38 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 214 160 39 44
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 202 45 R 40 78
CYMBALTA 201 68 41 49
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 84 42 54
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 196 64 S2 43 79
TRAZODONE HCL 194 97 44 24
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 193 114 45 45
LOVAZA 186 119 46 83
MIRTAZAPINE 184 83 47 25
METFORMIN HCL 180 98 48 14
RANITIDINE HCL 179 113 49 31
TRICOR 172 73 50 88
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 161 81 R 51 73
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 158 98 52 52
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 155 35 S2 53 95
SERTRALINE HCL 154 72 54 22
BUPROPION HCL SR 154 76 54 98
CLONIDINE HCL 153 70 56 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 151 146 57 12
PROAIR HFA 145 83 58 56
ADVAIR DISKUS 143 123 59 55
DIOVAN HCT 142 103 60 68
LYRICA 142 38 60 74
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 139 95 62 19
SINGULAIR 132 80 63 74
AMOXICILLIN 131 73 64 105
DIOVAN 129 86 65 30
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 128 79 66 107
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 128 94 66 107
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 126 56 68 42
ROPINIROLE HCL 124 76 69 109
NIASPAN 124 68 69 109
JANUVIA 120 84 71 82
FAMOTIDINE 119 100 72 114
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 117 62 73 115
FLUCONAZOLE 116 70 74 116
NAMENDA 115 112 75 27
FINASTERIDE 114 90 76 80
DIGOXIN 114 97 76 84
SUBOXONE 112 0 78 117
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 106 42 79 85
PREMARIN 105 51 R 80 122
ALLOPURINOL 100 51 81 66
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 100 33 81 43
ETODOLAC 99 37 83 124
DICYCLOMINE HCL 99 37 83 124
CLOPIDOGREL 99 73 83 40
SUCRALFATE 98 48 86 127
ZETIA 97 60 87 95
FENOFIBRATE 96 67 88 128
RISPERIDONE 96 66 88 41
PLAVIX 95 69 90 65
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 62 91 77
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 92 46 92 129
INSULIN SYRINGE 92 57 92 129
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 91 32 94 71
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 90 42 S2 95 90
AVODART 89 83 96 132
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 88 53 97 91
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 88 52 97 133
FENTANYL 87 75 S2 99 95
LOVASTATIN 87 80 99 81
MECLIZINE HCL 87 70 99 103
INDAPAMIDE 87 71 99 134
SPIRIVA 86 60 103 91
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 85 35 104 135
VERAPAMIL ER 80 65 105 139
ACTOS 79 51 106 106
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 79 48 106 141
CRESTOR 78 22 108 76
GEMFIBROZIL 78 36 108 143
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 78 38 R 108 143
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 78 24 108 143
DEXAMETHASONE 77 30 112 146
SYNTHROID 76 54 113 51
MEGESTROL ACETATE 76 50 R 113 148
PROPRANOLOL HCL 75 28 115 150
NAPROXEN 72 30 116 153
LACTULOSE 71 47 117 37
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 71 45 117 154
PRISTIQ ER 71 26 117 154
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 70 41 120 157
LANTUS 69 54 121 34
LEVOFLOXACIN 67 40 122 86
BACLOFEN 67 31 122 70
FLUOXETINE HCL 66 28 124 89
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 66 31 124 112
SYMBICORT 64 24 126 160
BUMETANIDE 64 56 126 93
LEVETIRACETAM 62 21 128 53
NABUMETONE 62 41 128 164
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 61 12 130 58
LITHIUM CARBONATE 61 35 130 165
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 59 21 132 169
COMBIVENT 59 34 132 169
VESICARE 59 28 132 169
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 59 44 132 169
ESTRADIOL 59 0 R 132 169
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 29 137 175
METHOTREXATE 58 36 137 175
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 58 37 R 137 175
NITROSTAT 57 40 140 180
TORSEMIDE 57 33 140 180
FELODIPINE ER 57 47 140 180
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 54 29 R 143 190
BUSPIRONE HCL 54 19 143 99
VENTOLIN HFA 54 19 143 190
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 36 146 194
CELEBREX 53 30 146 194
ACTONEL 53 28 146 194
ABILIFY 53 0 146 194
ONGLYZA 52 36 150 199
METHIMAZOLE 52 41 150 199
VYTORIN 52 28 150 199
PEN NEEDLE 51 22 153 203
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 51 29 153 203
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 40 155 111
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.