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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,443Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 33 out of 103

$437K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 24 out of 103

511 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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 Michigan
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 511 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 511 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,044 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Michigan
LISINOPRIL 315 195 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 231 125 S3 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 222 161 3 5
SIMVASTATIN 199 148 4 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 138 5 8
VOLTAREN 174 84 6 144
WARFARIN SODIUM 163 115 7 9
OMEPRAZOLE 158 99 8 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 143 109 9 17
NAPROXEN 130 36 10 82
FUROSEMIDE 125 72 11 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 87 12 15
PROAIR HFA 107 59 13 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 98 70 14 21
GABAPENTIN 96 64 15 13
METFORMIN HCL 91 50 16 14
ADVAIR DISKUS 88 42 17 43
HYDRALAZINE HCL 88 53 17 34
LIDODERM 78 36 19 70
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 75 66 20 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 74 50 21 12
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 68 23 R 22 92
BACLOFEN 64 17 23 69
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 62 46 24 26
PLAVIX 61 54 25 44
LYRICA 57 17 26 89
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 57 32 26 35
CARVEDILOL 56 45 28 22
ALLOPURINOL 56 37 28 36
NITROSTAT 56 29 28 149
MIRTAZAPINE 52 18 31 24
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 March 20, 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.