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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,846Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 93 out of 232

$131 Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 225 out of 232

105 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
0% 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

12% of this provider’s 105 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 105 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,843 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$0 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

56 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
CALCIUM WITH VITAMIN D 338 338 10 1 46
MAPAP 258 258 2 78
CITALOPRAM HBR 244 244 3 24
ASPIRIN EC 230 230 4 40
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 215 215 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 175 175 6 7
SENNA-GEN 166 166 7 87
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 161 161 8 64
VITAMIN D 145 145 9 103
LORAZEPAM 136 136 10 114
DOK 121 121 11 70
SIMVASTATIN 111 111 12 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 108 108 13 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 103 103 14 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 101 101 15 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 101 101 15 10
SORBITOL 100 100 10 17 269
TRAMADOL HCL 98 98 18 33
METFORMIN HCL 98 98 18 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 94 94 20 23
FERROUS SULFATE 89 89 21 173
LISINOPRIL 84 84 22 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 82 82 23 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 74 74 24 3
ALLOPURINOL 74 74 24 39
TRAZODONE HCL 68 68 26 38
MULTIVITAMINS 67 67 27 143
FAMOTIDINE 66 66 28 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 65 65 29 19
OYSTER SHELL CALCIUM-VITAMIN D 65 65 10 29 292
PREDNISONE 55 55 31 49
GLIPIZIDE 53 53 32 29
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. 7, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.