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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,381Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 232

$1.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 232

721 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 721 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 18,023 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

41% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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 California
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,106 1,054 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 562 504 2 1
METFORMIN HCL 549 482 3 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 540 509 4 17
CELEBREX 442 414 5 63
GLIPIZIDE 426 380 6 29
DIOVAN 422 388 7 27
DIOVAN HCT 420 407 8 53
LIDODERM 392 383 9 48
CRESTOR 372 339 10 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 371 367 11 13
NEXIUM 361 350 12 45
ATENOLOL 351 327 13 11
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 335 311 14 73
GABAPENTIN 321 264 15 12
OMEPRAZOLE 313 281 16 4
AMOXICILLIN 294 271 17 135
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 255 231 18 15
MELOXICAM 255 241 18 55
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 253 217 20 10
PATANOL 253 231 20 195
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 252 224 22 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 232 223 23 129
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 211 199 24 14
GEMFIBROZIL 209 192 25 104
CLOPIDOGREL 198 190 26 34
ADVAIR DISKUS 194 181 27 44
BENAZEPRIL HCL 180 165 28 31
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 172 160 29 3
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 166 30 88
TAMSULOSIN HCL 162 155 31 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 159 157 32 26
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 158 145 33 255
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 151 139 34 52
CARVEDILOL 143 140 35 21
TRAMADOL HCL 132 110 36 33
LISINOPRIL 127 111 37 6
PLAVIX 125 122 38 50
PROAIR HFA 123 109 39 79
COLCRYS 121 106 40 216
AZITHROMYCIN 118 109 41 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 113 98 42 23
MECLIZINE HCL 112 107 43 165
NAMENDA 112 112 43 18
SINGULAIR 110 109 45 96
BENICAR 107 105 46 160
FAMOTIDINE 105 103 47 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 105 91 47 43
ACTONEL 102 101 49 141
PATADAY 101 95 50 287
NIFEDIPINE ER 98 92 51 110
ROPINIROLE HCL 97 92 52 181
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 96 87 53 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 96 72 S3 53 5
MEGESTROL ACETATE 95 93 R 55 102
TERAZOSIN HCL 88 88 56 97
FUROSEMIDE 88 84 56 7
PAROXETINE HCL 88 67 56 69
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 88 82 56 101
IBUPROFEN 82 70 60 65
HYDROXYZINE HCL 81 81 R 61 191
DIGOXIN 76 65 62 37
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 76 74 S3 62 81
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 72 72 64 131
PRADAXA 71 60 65 263
BYSTOLIC 71 67 65 175
BENICAR HCT 71 63 65 168
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 69 59 R 68 121
ALLOPURINOL 69 66 68 39
SPIRIVA 68 68 70 84
BONIVA 68 68 70 177
DEXILANT 65 61 72 149
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 64 56 73 32
VOLTAREN 63 63 74 139
LYRICA 62 56 75 134
PREDNISONE 61 56 76 49
CREON 60 55 77 118
ACTOS 54 54 78 100
RANITIDINE HCL 53 47 79 61
NASONEX 53 49 79 198
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51 51 81 172
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 50 82 62
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 Sept. 11, 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.