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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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24,659Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 232

$1.59M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 232

819 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 819 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 819 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 21,582 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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 California
OMEPRAZOLE 864 734 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 706 630 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 649 503 S3 3 5
LISINOPRIL 639 577 4 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 639 612 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 634 576 6 1
FUROSEMIDE 585 544 7 7
LOVASTATIN 486 454 8 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 349 321 9 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 346 324 10 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 328 281 11 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 326 309 12 17
GABAPENTIN 313 261 13 12
MIRTAZAPINE 305 296 14 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 288 233 15 24
ATENOLOL 288 279 15 11
NAMENDA 280 274 17 18
FENOFIBRATE 270 254 18 93
CARVEDILOL 269 241 19 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 263 257 20 23
METFORMIN HCL ER 258 228 21 138
DONEPEZIL HCL 252 252 22 13
HYDRALAZINE HCL 243 229 23 62
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 233 194 24 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 230 217 25 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 228 200 26 10
IBUPROFEN 225 180 27 65
METFORMIN HCL 222 179 28 9
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 207 207 29 59
FAMOTIDINE 204 178 30 30
TRAZODONE HCL 201 155 31 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 194 181 32 14
LEVOFLOXACIN 182 169 33 80
PREDNISONE 175 171 34 49
DIOVAN 173 168 35 27
LIDODERM 170 154 36 48
CYMBALTA 165 108 37 57
DIGOXIN 163 163 38 37
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 161 142 39 153
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 156 108 40 19
GLIPIZIDE 155 153 41 29
CLOPIDOGREL 152 125 42 34
LORAZEPAM 146 122 43 114
AZITHROMYCIN 141 119 44 51
ALLOPURINOL 132 108 45 39
LANTUS 129 127 46 36
TRAMADOL HCL 128 105 47 33
LANSOPRAZOLE 127 126 48 145
PROAIR HFA 125 104 49 79
BENAZEPRIL HCL 125 95 49 31
PEN NEEDLE 124 98 51 193
LIPITOR 124 112 51 89
RANITIDINE HCL 122 119 53 61
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 119 108 54 273
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 118 103 55 41
SPIRONOLACTONE 117 98 56 77
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 92 57 111
PAROXETINE HCL 109 86 58 69
FINASTERIDE 106 106 59 76
SYNTHROID 105 103 60 147
HUMALOG 105 97 60 119
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 104 62 88
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 104 64 62 167
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 103 98 64 43
JANUVIA 102 102 65 60
PLAVIX 102 86 65 50
NOVOLOG 102 99 65 91
JANTOVEN 101 101 68 98
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 101 94 68 67
ROPINIROLE HCL 100 88 70 181
CRESTOR 96 86 71 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 73 71 16
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 95 83 73 195
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 78 73 44
INSULIN SYRINGE 95 87 73 127
LEVEMIR 93 81 76 171
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 92 70 77 54
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 91 88 78 66
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 91 83 78 73
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 89 81 S2 80 109
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 84 82 81 52
KLOR-CON M20 84 82 81 112
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 83 62 83 26
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 82 76 84 133
CEPHALEXIN 80 68 85 108
QVAR 78 57 86 149
LEVETIRACETAM 78 47 86 72
PREMARIN 78 70 R 86 155
SPIRIVA 76 73 89 84
TIZANIDINE HCL 75 52 90 345
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 74 60 91 142
GLIMEPIRIDE 74 73 91 75
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 73 73 93 99
MEGESTROL ACETATE 72 60 R 94 102
NITROSTAT 70 64 95 258
LYRICA 67 32 96 134
CLONIDINE 66 60 97 162
DIOVAN HCT 65 65 98 53
SOTALOL 64 64 99 363
SUBOXONE 64 56 99 363
FORTEO 64 64 99 311
NYSTATIN 63 56 102 182
KLOR-CON 10 63 50 102 174
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 62 62 104 227
PRADAXA 62 62 104 263
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 62 53 104 369
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 61 59 107 260
METOLAZONE 59 59 108 378
SEROQUEL 59 50 108 105
ALPRAZOLAM 58 53 110 212
EXFORGE 58 52 110 201
EXELON 58 58 110 95
TOPIRAMATE 57 32 113 236
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 55 47 114 113
OLANZAPINE 53 53 115 86
PRIMIDONE 53 28 115 281
FLUOCINONIDE 53 49 115 164
LACTULOSE 51 37 118 90
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 Sept. 1, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.