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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,762Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 16

$306K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 16

549 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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 Minnesota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 549 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 549 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,722 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $44 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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 Minnesota
JANTOVEN 318 306 1 26
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 313 292 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 290 259 3 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 283 256 4 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 233 208 5 7
LISINOPRIL 229 210 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 208 198 7 6
SIMVASTATIN 206 182 8 8
MIRTAZAPINE 183 138 9 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 157 151 10 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 154 141 11 16
GABAPENTIN 150 139 12 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 141 137 S3 13 25
ATENOLOL 129 121 14 18
NOVOLOG 127 115 15 37
LANTUS 125 99 16 30
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 124 120 17 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 121 53 18 5
SERTRALINE HCL 118 105 19 19
RISPERIDONE 112 112 20 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 111 97 21 32
NAMENDA 109 97 22 20
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 98 85 23 24
OXYCODONE HCL 97 95 S2 24 15
TRAZODONE HCL 95 73 25 12
TRAMADOL HCL 91 88 26 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 87 87 27 46
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 79 28 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 78 76 29 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 75 63 30 13
TORSEMIDE 68 67 31 94
NYSTATIN 67 62 32 36
RAMIPRIL 66 48 33 59
BUSPIRONE HCL 66 62 33 96
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 65 62 35 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 51 36 47
PREDNISONE 54 49 37 23
TAMIFLU 54 52 37 72
LOVASTATIN 54 46 37 107
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 50 38 40 27
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 Aug. 16, 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.