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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,658Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 25

$697K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 25

435 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 435 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 12,502 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 27.


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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
DONEPEZIL HCL 548 535 1 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 536 536 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 524 523 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 481 463 4 9
NAMENDA 456 443 5 22
SIMVASTATIN 435 435 6 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 366 366 7 7
LISINOPRIL 334 334 8 4
MIRTAZAPINE 305 305 9 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 292 280 10 24
OMEPRAZOLE 277 277 11 5
KLOR-CON M20 239 238 12 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 231 228 13 8
GABAPENTIN 215 215 14 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 212 212 15 35
TRAMADOL HCL 176 176 16 13
PREDNISONE 172 172 17 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 166 165 18 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 160 159 19 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 154 154 20 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 149 149 21 15
COUMADIN 136 136 22 122
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 131 130 23 14
SPIRONOLACTONE 127 127 24 88
ATENOLOL 125 125 25 31
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 117 117 S3 26 6
TRAZODONE HCL 111 99 27 36
CLOPIDOGREL 107 99 28 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 106 98 29 43
CARVEDILOL 105 105 30 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 91 31 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 101 101 31 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 100 100 33 39
GLYBURIDE 98 98 R 34 57
PERMETHRIN 96 96 35 142
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 90 90 36 30
LANTUS 90 90 36 53
PAROXETINE HCL 89 89 38 78
LIDODERM 89 89 38 64
DIGOXIN 88 88 40 73
FAMOTIDINE 82 82 41 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 78 78 42 47
ALLOPURINOL 77 77 43 59
DIOVAN 75 75 44 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 68 68 45 79
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 56 46 164
GLIPIZIDE 66 66 47 48
BUMETANIDE 66 66 47 132
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 65 65 49 61
LEVOFLOXACIN 65 65 49 56
AZITHROMYCIN 63 63 51 97
SEROQUEL 63 63 51 91
KLOR-CON M10 62 62 53 174
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 61 54 75
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 60 55 17
CEPHALEXIN 59 59 56 136
METFORMIN HCL 59 59 56 10
SERTRALINE HCL 58 45 58 16
PLAVIX 56 53 59 51
NOVOLOG 56 56 59 107
CARAFATE 55 55 61 188
OLANZAPINE 53 53 62 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 52 63 23
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 52 63 67
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 51 63 124
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 Dec. 23, 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.