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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,661Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 117

$839K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 117

496 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 496 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 496 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 14,416 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 632 632 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 563 563 2 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 559 552 3 9
NAMENDA 444 444 4 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 427 410 5 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 405 405 6 10
SIMVASTATIN 403 403 7 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 386 386 8 17
OMEPRAZOLE 359 359 9 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 346 346 10 12
LISINOPRIL 287 275 11 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 271 256 S3 12 7
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 244 244 13 42
GABAPENTIN 242 230 14 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 223 223 15 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 202 202 16 8
TRAMADOL HCL 169 169 17 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 169 169 17 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 164 159 19 32
FENTANYL 157 157 S2 20 41
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 154 154 21 36
VANCOMYCIN HCL 151 151 22 140
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 133 130 23 26
CELEBREX 127 127 24 85
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 124 124 25 33
CARVEDILOL 123 123 26 24
SERTRALINE HCL 121 118 27 22
LEXAPRO 120 120 28 117
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 117 117 29 121
MIRTAZAPINE 116 116 30 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 110 109 31 15
ATENOLOL 104 104 32 20
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 101 101 33 45
EXELON 98 98 34 55
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 96 35 13
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 93 92 36 65
DIGOXIN 91 91 37 35
RISPERIDONE 87 87 38 39
FAMOTIDINE 86 86 39 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 84 81 40 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 70 41 28
METFORMIN HCL 81 81 42 11
LIDODERM 80 70 43 46
DIOVAN 79 79 44 31
CLOPIDOGREL 79 79 44 30
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 74 46 53
LATANOPROST 71 71 47 199
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 68 48 23
NEXIUM 68 62 48 62
TORSEMIDE 67 67 50 118
KLOR-CON M20 66 66 51 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 62 52 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65 59 52 27
JANUVIA 65 60 52 64
LANTUS 64 64 55 43
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 51 R 56 104
PRIMIDONE 62 62 57 183
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 61 61 58 75
LYRICA 61 49 58 92
ZETIA 60 60 60 86
METOLAZONE 59 59 61 112
ENABLEX 58 58 62 182
PREDNISONE 58 54 62 49
SEROQUEL 58 58 62 124
KLOR-CON 10 57 57 65 100
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 57 65 74
GLIPIZIDE 56 56 67 37
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 56 53 67 65
AZITHROMYCIN 56 55 67 57
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. 28, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.