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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,369Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 56 out of 117

$397K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 117

325 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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 Illinois
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 325 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 325 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,327 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 Illinois
SIMVASTATIN 349 349 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 260 260 2 5
LISINOPRIL 226 220 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 213 213 4 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 171 171 5 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 164 164 6 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 164 164 6 10
FUROSEMIDE 162 162 8 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 156 156 9 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 149 10 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 148 148 S3 11 7
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 130 130 12 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 122 121 13 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 120 120 14 8
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 118 118 15 36
PAROXETINE HCL 115 115 16 63
TAMSULOSIN HCL 114 114 17 28
NAMENDA 113 113 18 14
METFORMIN HCL 111 111 19 11
MIRTAZAPINE 109 109 20 25
DIOVAN 91 91 21 31
GABAPENTIN 83 83 22 16
SERTRALINE HCL 81 81 23 22
ZETIA 77 77 24 86
TRAMADOL HCL 74 74 25 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 65 65 26 17
FAMOTIDINE 58 58 27 38
FELODIPINE ER 55 55 28 150
GLIPIZIDE 55 55 28 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 53 30 21
ATENOLOL 52 52 31 20
LEVETIRACETAM 50 50 32 71
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.