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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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43,763Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 98

$2.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 98

874 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 874 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 874 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 38,146 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 34.


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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 Massachusetts
WARFARIN SODIUM 2,775 2,390 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,746 1,571 2 4
TRAZODONE HCL 1,684 1,559 10 3 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,576 1,426 4 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,276 1,175 5 8
SIMVASTATIN 1,246 1,017 6 2
MIRTAZAPINE 1,238 1,176 7 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 1,146 1,006 8 10
LISINOPRIL 999 924 9 3
GABAPENTIN 904 707 10 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 897 811 11 7
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 892 773 12 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 793 770 13 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 779 622 14 22
OMEPRAZOLE 758 695 15 6
OLANZAPINE 751 713 16 24
RISPERIDONE 651 563 17 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 630 604 18 16
ATENOLOL 601 545 19 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 550 502 20 21
SERTRALINE HCL 507 452 21 19
TRAMADOL HCL 483 449 22 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 453 429 23 25
LANTUS 441 365 24 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 426 399 25 20
METFORMIN HCL 410 348 26 15
CLOZAPINE 408 249 27 55
LIDODERM 361 323 28 29
NAMENDA 355 339 29 18
LEVETIRACETAM 313 204 30 38
NOVOLOG 309 267 31 54
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 293 293 32 44
DIGOXIN 282 255 33 40
SEROQUEL 282 240 33 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 270 248 35 42
PREDNISONE 270 235 35 31
RANITIDINE HCL 269 256 37 35
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 265 239 38 45
LACTULOSE 247 198 39 62
HUMALOG 236 186 40 96
FLUOXETINE HCL 231 203 41 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 212 177 42 17
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 211 167 43 65
GENERLAC 210 172 44 82
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 208 189 45 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 205 193 46 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 204 148 47 32
CYMBALTA 202 162 48 47
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 194 163 49 60
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 194 155 49 84
CLOPIDOGREL 190 175 51 50
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 188 146 52 33
GLYBURIDE 181 156 R 53 70
BACLOFEN 178 97 54 59
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 168 137 55 101
ALLOPURINOL 165 133 56 43
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 160 125 S3 57 39
LATANOPROST 157 148 58 67
NYSTOP 156 140 59 64
GLIPIZIDE 152 139 60 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 149 145 61 30
ABILIFY 145 122 62 66
PLAVIX 144 135 63 76
DILANTIN 144 108 63 132
SPIRONOLACTONE 141 121 65 71
FINASTERIDE 140 137 66 49
KLOR-CON M20 130 92 67 69
NYSTATIN 130 120 67 56
SINGULAIR 124 98 69 117
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 123 116 70 170
LEVOFLOXACIN 122 107 71 63
FAMOTIDINE 121 116 72 80
SPIRIVA 117 94 73 46
CARVEDILOL 116 93 74 72
TRAVATAN Z 113 113 75 153
DIOVAN 108 108 76 57
LAMOTRIGINE 106 69 77 87
ROPINIROLE HCL 105 87 78 91
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 102 83 79 53
ENULOSE 101 76 80 237
HALOPERIDOL 101 87 80 112
BUMETANIDE 101 63 80 124
TERAZOSIN HCL 101 88 80 94
PAROXETINE HCL 98 82 84 73
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 97 97 85 95
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 96 96 86 238
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 96 84 86 34
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 95 94 88 239
OXCARBAZEPINE 95 53 88 179
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE 93 51 90 241
NIFEDIPINE ER 92 63 91 68
ONDANSETRON HCL 90 70 92 246
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 90 90 92 102
TORSEMIDE 86 80 94 155
TIMOLOL MALEATE 86 79 94 118
BUPROPION HCL SR 85 71 96 100
DILTIAZEM HCL 84 84 97 197
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 83 83 98 83
LABETALOL HCL 82 66 99 127
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 81 46 100 88
CEPHALEXIN 80 68 101 92
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 78 78 102 256
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 77 61 103 215
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 76 72 104 93
ERYTHROMYCIN 76 71 104 107
HYDRALAZINE HCL 76 63 104 75
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 75 41 107 106
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 73 41 R 108 89
KETOCONAZOLE 67 43 109 217
BUPROPION HCL 67 66 109 96
SANTYL 67 62 109 156
BUSPIRONE HCL 66 66 112 135
MUPIROCIN 66 44 112 123
TOPIRAMATE 65 44 114 148
LIPITOR 65 57 114 146
EXELON 63 63 116 77
SUCRALFATE 62 61 117 192
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 62 62 117 172
AZITHROMYCIN 61 49 119 104
VALPROIC ACID 61 61 119 140
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 55 121 86
KLOR-CON M10 59 44 121 176
CRESTOR 59 42 121 51
CAPTOPRIL 57 46 124 228
GALANTAMINE HBR 56 53 125 180
PROCRIT 56 39 125 282
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 55 41 127 168
VANCOMYCIN HCL 54 44 128 145
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 31 128 105
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 53 52 130 227
HYDROXYZINE HCL 53 48 R 130 207
FENOFIBRATE 53 38 130 152
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 52 52 133 113
RISPERDAL CONSTA 51 51 134 186
TRICOR 51 51 134 171
CLONIDINE HCL 51 40 134 108
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 50 38 137 150
LOPERAMIDE 50 41 137 190
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 Nov. 17, 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.