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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,635Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 14

$159K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 14

268 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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 Virginia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 268 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 268 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,619 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$13 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 26.


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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 Virginia
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 535 485 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 383 331 2 4
LISINOPRIL 369 315 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 307 256 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 280 222 5 5
VITAMIN D 246 228 6 64
FUROSEMIDE 224 199 7 6
DIOVAN 208 199 8 30
GABAPENTIN 195 148 9 11
TRAZODONE HCL 179 163 10 24
TRAMADOL HCL 178 162 11 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 174 134 S3 12 7
MIRTAZAPINE 172 161 13 25
SERTRALINE HCL 164 141 14 22
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 146 108 15 58
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 139 131 16 19
PREDNISONE 138 117 17 36
NAMENDA 132 132 18 27
CLOPIDOGREL 128 123 19 40
VITAMIN B-12 120 99 20 113
ASPIRIN EC 117 107 21 60
CARVEDILOL 116 104 22 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 110 68 23 8
ATENOLOL 109 108 24 28
JANTOVEN 109 102 24 119
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 107 88 26 16
DOCUSATE SODIUM 107 81 26 86
DONEPEZIL HCL 106 104 28 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 106 98 28 18
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 102 79 30 43
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 86 30 10
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 99 96 32 44
BUSPIRONE HCL 97 82 33 99
METFORMIN HCL 94 59 34 14
RANITIDINE HCL 90 86 35 31
RISPERIDONE 89 70 36 41
CERTAVITE SENIOR-ANTIOXIDANT 83 80 37 136
82 76 10 38 138
LANTUS 82 68 38 34
LIDODERM 77 71 40 146
Q-PAP EXTRA STRENGTH 74 52 10 41 151
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 60 41 55
ACETAMINOPHEN 8 HOUR 73 69 10 43 152
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 52 44 71
PAROXETINE HCL 70 40 45 101
PLAVIX 68 65 46 65
VITAMIN D3 66 55 47 159
MELATONIN 63 56 48 163
LEVETIRACETAM 62 53 49 53
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 55 49 42
LORATADINE 61 60 51 165
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 59 53 52 169
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 45 52 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 58 50 54 9
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 58 54 54 52
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 57 39 56 45
DAILY VITE 55 54 57 187
VITAMIN C 55 42 57 187
CHILDREN'S ASPIRIN 55 54 10 57 187
GLIPIZIDE 52 52 60 102
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 Feb. 15, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.