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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,249Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 107

$841K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 107

570 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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
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this specialty
in Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 570 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 570 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,868 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 646 477 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 473 377 2 2
LISINOPRIL 469 414 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 384 248 4 6
ATENOLOL 307 245 5 21
METFORMIN HCL 265 251 6 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 261 209 7 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 240 227 8 10
GABAPENTIN 238 202 9 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 228 196 10 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 214 200 11 7
SYNTHROID 191 104 12 85
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 165 38 13 55
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 141 14 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 142 88 15 35
SERTRALINE HCL 134 110 16 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 133 117 S3 17 20
FAMOTIDINE 132 82 18 42
TRAMADOL HCL 132 128 18 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 128 111 20 17
TRAZODONE HCL 124 98 21 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 123 95 22 38
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 120 111 23 18
CELEBREX 110 97 24 82
VESICARE 109 96 25 140
NEXIUM 108 101 26 61
FUROSEMIDE 105 78 27 3
DIOVAN 101 101 28 33
LACTULOSE 95 21 29 114
PRANDIN 94 94 30 170
PREDNISONE 93 82 31 39
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 93 83 31 30
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 87 67 33 31
PAROXETINE HCL 87 75 33 80
RISPERIDONE 86 37 35 26
LAMOTRIGINE 86 20 35 86
AZITHROMYCIN 84 61 37 87
SINGULAIR 81 53 38 127
CLONIDINE HCL 79 76 39 95
JANUVIA 78 73 40 71
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 75 71 41 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 75 60 41 8
ACTONEL 74 73 43 342
IBUPROFEN 73 41 44 90
MIRTAZAPINE 72 72 45 16
SURE-PREP ALCOHOL PREP PADS 69 52 10 46 349
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69 55 46 28
LEVETIRACETAM 67 0 48 44
SPIRIVA 66 64 49 69
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 62 49 32
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 49 51 73
MELOXICAM 62 49 52 135
CLOPIDOGREL 62 49 52 29
RANITIDINE HCL 61 37 54 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 61 47 54 15
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 26 56 102
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 58 37 56 104
NAMENDA 58 56 56 19
NIASPAN 57 42 59 314
ERYPED 200 56 0 10 60 372
HALOPERIDOL 55 36 61 123
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 28 62 121
LEVOCARNITINE 54 0 62 378
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 34 62 54
ALLOPURINOL 54 41 62 48
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 28 66 107
TIMOLOL MALEATE 52 0 67 243
BYSTOLIC 52 46 67 229
FENTANYL 51 42 S2 69 50
CARVEDILOL 51 46 69 25
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 Aug. 6, 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.