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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,596Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 54

$809K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 54

706 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 706 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 706 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,160 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 Washington
WARFARIN SODIUM 667 633 1 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 499 481 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 421 409 3 5
LISINOPRIL 409 394 4 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 384 384 5 15
OMEPRAZOLE 373 356 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 359 346 7 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 327 326 8 6
NAMENDA 317 317 9 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 297 293 10 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 290 289 11 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 280 276 12 9
SERTRALINE HCL 276 275 13 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 257 254 14 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 239 237 S3 15 8
MIRTAZAPINE 236 236 16 18
GABAPENTIN 213 209 17 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 209 209 18 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 188 188 19 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 177 20 14
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 162 152 21 30
TRAMADOL HCL 157 157 22 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 156 155 23 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 149 149 24 23
PRAZOSIN HCL 140 140 25 85
TAMSULOSIN HCL 140 127 25 25
METFORMIN HCL 131 118 27 11
ALLOPURINOL 130 129 28 35
RANITIDINE HCL 118 104 29 33
LANTUS 115 87 30 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 109 109 31 42
TRAZODONE HCL 98 98 32 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 98 98 32 27
ATENOLOL 98 98 32 17
DIGOXIN 97 97 35 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 94 36 50
GLIPIZIDE 90 90 37 41
CARVEDILOL 88 88 38 36
CLOPIDOGREL 81 81 39 51
FINASTERIDE 78 78 40 73
LAMOTRIGINE 76 76 41 119
SYNTHROID 74 74 42 76
LOVASTATIN 74 74 42 31
PREDNISONE 73 70 44 34
PLAVIX 71 71 45 67
RISPERIDONE 71 71 45 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 69 47 57
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 69 47 45
FAMOTIDINE 69 69 47 89
SEROQUEL 68 65 50 63
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 68 68 50 87
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 59 52 69
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 65 57 53 72
LIDODERM 65 65 53 92
SPIRIVA 64 59 55 60
OXYCODONE HCL 63 63 S2 56 26
GLIMEPIRIDE 62 62 57 54
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 51 58 37
METOLAZONE 59 59 58 165
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 50 60 49
PAROXETINE HCL 58 58 60 52
BACLOFEN 57 46 62 65
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 55 55 63 118
VENLAFAXINE HCL 54 53 64 106
CYMBALTA 53 53 65 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 51 66 29
NOVOLOG 51 47 66 111
TORSEMIDE 50 50 68 181
GALANTAMINE HBR 50 50 68 181
FENTANYL 50 49 S2 68 43
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 Jan. 28, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.