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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,089Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 53

$813K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 53

455 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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 Missouri
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 455 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 455 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,482 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 31.


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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 Missouri
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 686 632 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 578 543 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 492 447 3 4
LISINOPRIL 382 359 4 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 307 300 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 304 241 S3 6 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 295 295 7 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 288 250 8 12
CYMBALTA 236 225 9 30
NAMENDA 217 217 10 11
LOVASTATIN 213 202 11 53
METFORMIN HCL 213 189 11 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 212 195 13 28
RAMIPRIL 208 207 14 165
GLIPIZIDE 206 196 15 45
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 203 194 16 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 189 165 17 36
CITALOPRAM HBR 185 170 18 13
GABAPENTIN 179 148 19 17
TRAMADOL HCL 174 159 20 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 167 154 21 8
ROPINIROLE HCL 157 144 22 74
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 156 138 S2 23 64
OMEPRAZOLE 125 115 24 9
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 124 25 42
CARVEDILOL 124 114 25 21
CLONIDINE HCL 123 104 27 65
DIGOXIN 117 117 28 48
MELOXICAM 115 98 29 55
ALLOPURINOL 113 111 30 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 113 112 30 22
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 111 111 32 31
FENTANYL 110 66 S2 33 60
TAMSULOSIN HCL 106 106 34 32
MIRTAZAPINE 104 104 35 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 84 36 20
NOVOLOG 99 74 37 43
CRESTOR 98 69 38 50
ATENOLOL 97 97 39 27
FAMOTIDINE 92 90 40 46
TRAZODONE HCL 84 61 41 16
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 83 80 42 90
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 81 71 43 29
LEVOFLOXACIN 81 77 43 84
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 79 76 45 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 78 53 46 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 76 76 47 44
KLOR-CON 10 76 62 47 70
EXELON 75 75 49 58
LANTUS 75 49 49 25
DILTIAZEM HCL 73 71 51 193
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 72 72 52 33
LIDODERM 65 55 53 75
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 65 55 53 34
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 56 53 37
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 64 56 47
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 62 34 R 57 110
ZETIA 61 51 58 104
NEXIUM 60 43 59 52
SYNTHROID 60 60 59 96
VESICARE 57 47 61 146
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 56 56 62 210
DIOVAN 54 54 63 71
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 54 30 S3 63 169
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 53 65 119
ONGLYZA 52 45 66 307
JANUVIA 50 50 67 87
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 22, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.