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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,298Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 107

$703K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 107

480 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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 Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,878 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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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 Pennsylvania
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 697 657 1 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 549 511 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 497 460 3 6
JANTOVEN 402 228 4 62
SIMVASTATIN 389 374 5 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 378 361 S3 6 20
LISINOPRIL 369 369 7 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 347 334 8 8
FUROSEMIDE 338 334 9 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 303 271 10 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 303 303 10 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 301 301 12 5
SERTRALINE HCL 293 281 13 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 248 231 14 18
ATENOLOL 213 193 15 21
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 204 91 S2 16 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 200 196 17 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 196 183 18 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 187 170 19 9
DIGOXIN 178 165 20 37
AZITHROMYCIN 165 149 21 87
MIRTAZAPINE 164 164 22 16
GABAPENTIN 153 102 23 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 148 143 24 28
TRAMADOL HCL 137 133 25 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 133 114 26 38
METFORMIN HCL 130 107 27 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 129 116 28 27
CARVEDILOL 126 126 29 25
KLOR-CON M20 126 110 29 45
ALLOPURINOL 124 124 31 48
PREDNISONE 122 103 32 39
SYNTHROID 114 113 33 85
FENTANYL 106 86 S2 34 50
NAMENDA 106 106 34 19
NEXIUM 105 90 36 61
DIOVAN 103 103 37 33
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 103 95 37 263
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 100 99 39 73
SPIRONOLACTONE 98 87 40 74
CELEBREX 88 87 41 82
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 88 62 41 31
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 85 80 43 147
RISPERIDONE 79 67 44 26
LIPITOR 76 76 45 132
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 75 75 46 104
CLOPIDOGREL 73 69 47 29
QUINAPRIL HCL 69 67 48 192
AVODART 66 43 49 248
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 64 50 56
LANTUS 64 64 50 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 63 30 R 52 128
CEPHALEXIN 62 60 53 120
MECLIZINE HCL 60 49 54 142
RANITIDINE HCL 60 55 54 41
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 59 56 56 35
SEROQUEL 57 32 57 87
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 49 58 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54 54 59 30
GLIPIZIDE 54 49 59 46
LEXAPRO 54 49 59 163
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 54 59 47
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 53 28 63 75
CYMBALTA 53 53 63 52
GEMFIBROZIL 51 50 65 166
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 July 25, 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.