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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,109Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 40 out of 98

$268K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 98

270 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 270 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 270 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 7,651 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$33 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 34.


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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 Massachusetts
LISINOPRIL 585 557 1 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 389 330 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 360 348 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 350 338 4 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 348 346 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 342 329 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 297 280 7 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 292 284 8 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 259 259 9 8
ATENOLOL 159 152 10 14
TRAMADOL HCL 146 134 11 26
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 144 130 12 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 144 127 12 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 144 142 12 21
SERTRALINE HCL 128 124 15 19
GLYBURIDE 121 111 R 16 70
CITALOPRAM HBR 119 112 17 10
GABAPENTIN 113 104 18 13
LANTUS 105 105 19 28
CLOPIDOGREL 105 90 19 50
NIFEDICAL XL 98 98 21 143
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 95 22 12
LOVASTATIN 91 91 23 81
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 80 74 24 20
TRAZODONE HCL 71 64 25 9
CARVEDILOL 70 60 26 72
PLAVIX 67 58 27 76
RANITIDINE HCL 60 58 28 35
METFORMIN HCL 56 56 29 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55 49 30 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51 51 31 34
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. 14, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.