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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,959Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 68

$1.47M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 68

690 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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 Pennsylvania
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 690 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 690 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 25,472 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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
FUROSEMIDE 1,330 1,272 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,251 1,134 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 1,082 969 3 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,048 775 S3 4 17
OMEPRAZOLE 962 839 5 5
LISINOPRIL 892 805 6 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 827 748 7 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 767 738 8 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 753 706 9 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 731 688 10 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 626 581 11 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 465 426 12 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 395 352 13 33
NAMENDA 370 357 14 16
METFORMIN HCL 367 319 15 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 351 337 16 10
MIRTAZAPINE 330 299 17 15
ATENOLOL 296 266 18 21
GABAPENTIN 286 213 19 12
PRANDIN 286 278 19 107
TAMSULOSIN HCL 257 230 21 28
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 253 220 22 30
TRAZODONE HCL 235 186 23 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 217 208 24 38
KLOR-CON M20 211 182 25 40
EXELON 204 181 26 57
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 204 201 26 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 200 194 28 35
CLOPIDOGREL 198 196 29 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 197 181 30 11
TRAMADOL HCL 197 177 30 23
PREDNISONE 195 174 32 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 191 174 33 26
SERTRALINE HCL 186 151 34 20
PLAVIX 168 161 35 48
OXYCODONE HCL 165 101 S2 36 75
MELOXICAM 158 119 37 111
FAMOTIDINE 158 145 37 56
KLOR-CON M10 152 152 39 95
CARVEDILOL 142 142 40 27
RISPERIDONE 141 141 41 25
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 138 129 42 67
FENOFIBRATE 138 83 42 147
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 126 44 144
SEROQUEL 135 119 45 71
DIGOXIN 132 122 46 45
GLIPIZIDE 131 105 47 54
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 130 114 48 29
HUMALOG 127 71 49 72
ALLOPURINOL 124 103 50 46
DIOVAN 122 110 51 42
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 122 103 51 81
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 118 107 53 55
RANITIDINE HCL 117 100 54 34
VENTOLIN HFA 116 62 55 125
FINASTERIDE 115 111 56 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 115 102 56 22
NOVOLOG 111 103 58 78
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110 106 59 53
ADVAIR DISKUS 108 99 60 41
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 108 108 60 89
SPIRIVA 105 90 62 60
LYRICA 101 63 63 105
DETROL LA 101 101 63 232
SPIRONOLACTONE 100 96 65 88
LANTUS 100 60 65 36
CYMBALTA 100 79 65 59
PAROXETINE HCL 98 67 68 93
JANUVIA 97 91 69 96
IBUPROFEN 96 66 70 64
ZETIA 95 95 71 110
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 94 94 72 50
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 94 90 72 132
QUINAPRIL HCL 92 92 74 109
LEVETIRACETAM 92 79 74 44
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 92 69 S2 74 43
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 89 45 77 84
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 86 77 78 86
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 85 85 79 19
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 83 69 80 133
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 83 68 80 123
FENTANYL 80 64 S2 82 39
TRICOR 80 78 82 125
CEPHALEXIN 80 69 82 115
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 78 73 85 178
HYDROCORTISONE 78 70 85 108
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 77 77 87 245
OLANZAPINE 76 52 88 82
CALCITONIN-SALMON 75 75 89 185
VERAPAMIL ER 75 75 89 142
DILTIAZEM HCL 75 67 89 154
HYDROXYZINE HCL 74 49 R 92 151
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 73 64 93 128
PEN NEEDLE 70 62 94 190
NEXIUM 70 62 94 62
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 69 63 R 96 146
CELEBREX 69 52 96 112
SOTALOL 69 69 96 206
VESICARE 69 69 96 149
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 68 61 100 80
NIFEDIPINE ER 68 52 100 79
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 64 64 102 61
CLONIDINE HCL 62 46 103 94
LOVAZA 61 57 104 222
BUPROPION HCL SR 61 26 104 218
AZITHROMYCIN 61 49 104 97
COLESTIPOL HCL 61 51 104 265
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 32 108 118
AVODART 58 55 109 226
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 58 54 109 273
GLIMEPIRIDE 58 22 109 69
LOPERAMIDE 57 55 112 166
COMBIVENT 57 48 112 181
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 57 54 112 179
LATANOPROST 57 57 112 63
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 49 116 103
HALOPERIDOL 55 40 117 104
CARISOPRODOL 54 26 R 118 223
DILTIAZEM ER 53 53 119 228
AMIODARONE HCL 53 53 119 160
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 21 119 113
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 34 122 119
NITROFURANTOIN 51 20 122 186
AMOXICILLIN 51 40 122 116
OXYCONTIN 50 22 S2 125 92
LACTULOSE 50 49 125 127
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 June 26, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.