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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,023Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 96

$1.32M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 96

630 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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 New Jersey
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 630 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 630 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,002 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

34% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 New Jersey
SIMVASTATIN 680 530 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 635 496 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 553 450 3 2
GLIMEPIRIDE 410 334 4 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 375 314 5 8
NAMENDA 343 299 6 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 340 300 7 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 340 274 7 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 327 240 9 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 294 218 10 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 289 238 11 23
METFORMIN HCL 277 202 12 13
DIOVAN 276 244 13 17
CARVEDILOL 270 236 14 22
JANUVIA 269 230 15 49
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 265 196 16 3
GABAPENTIN 232 157 17 20
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 214 192 18 28
FUROSEMIDE 203 166 19 4
CLOPIDOGREL 197 164 20 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 176 129 21 7
NEXIUM 175 112 22 40
MELOXICAM 171 136 23 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL 166 141 24 29
LISINOPRIL 156 107 25 10
DIOVAN HCT 149 101 26 64
PROAIR HFA 148 95 27 72
WARFARIN SODIUM 138 113 28 6
PLAVIX 138 114 28 42
CRESTOR 135 113 30 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 131 92 31 55
SERTRALINE HCL 130 127 32 15
SPIRIVA 128 107 33 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 127 65 34 46
MECLIZINE HCL 117 77 35 134
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 73 36 16
LOVAZA 109 57 37 102
LANTUS 108 95 38 68
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 106 86 39 33
ATENOLOL 101 85 40 30
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 99 56 41 87
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 97 67 42 105
ZETIA 97 53 42 110
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 95 85 44 19
CLONIDINE HCL 94 74 45 74
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 93 44 S3 46 52
METFORMIN HCL ER 93 65 46 111
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 91 66 48 101
IBUPROFEN 86 27 49 138
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 86 64 49 53
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 86 86 49 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 68 52 44
SINGULAIR 83 43 53 78
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 83 71 S3 53 214
TRAMADOL HCL 83 59 53 35
BYSTOLIC 82 43 56 56
SYMBICORT 76 62 57 221
PEN NEEDLE 75 55 58 164
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 53 59 88
VENTOLIN HFA 73 44 59 226
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 73 45 R 59 226
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 71 62 62 182
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 65 62 107
AZITHROMYCIN 66 48 64 54
CITALOPRAM HBR 66 49 64 25
ABILIFY 65 52 66 122
TRICOR 65 52 66 111
LIPITOR 65 45 66 63
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 65 46 66 83
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 62 55 70 236
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 61 51 71 239
HUMULIN 70-30 61 40 71 239
WELCHOL 60 31 73 243
PAROXETINE HCL 60 60 73 66
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 60 49 73 148
JANUMET 58 40 76 123
KETOCONAZOLE 57 46 77 252
FENOFIBRATE 57 36 77 149
VOLTAREN 57 33 77 131
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 49 77 32
NAPROXEN 57 39 77 140
INSULIN SYRINGE 55 37 82 199
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54 28 83 137
LACTULOSE 53 44 84 37
AMMONIUM LACTATE 53 34 84 152
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 35 84 152
SURE COMFORT ALCOHOL 52 41 87 263
ACTOS 50 43 88 143
GLIPIZIDE 50 21 88 62
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. 6, 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.