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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,189Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 140

$893K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 140

404 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

7% of this provider’s 404 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 404 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,146 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 877 837 1 3
FAMOTIDINE 596 519 2 15
MIRTAZAPINE 525 524 3 18
SIMVASTATIN 517 438 4 1
LISINOPRIL 466 396 5 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 415 357 6 17
GABAPENTIN 403 298 7 13
FUROSEMIDE 380 348 8 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 360 335 9 6
NAMENDA 324 324 10 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 303 277 11 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 274 261 12 11
TRAZODONE HCL 272 222 13 32
METFORMIN HCL 239 194 14 10
RISPERIDONE 221 203 15 34
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 211 175 S3 16 4
CYMBALTA 204 142 17 59
WARFARIN SODIUM 202 164 18 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 193 164 19 22
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 187 139 20 42
CLOPIDOGREL 184 175 21 37
OMEPRAZOLE 183 158 22 7
ATENOLOL 182 161 23 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 177 177 24 14
LOVASTATIN 177 156 24 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 173 136 26 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 155 27 16
CARVEDILOL 165 134 28 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 162 138 29 55
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 160 160 30 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 159 157 31 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 149 137 32 92
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 148 146 33 72
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 139 130 34 85
PLAVIX 137 128 35 49
LEVETIRACETAM 134 105 36 53
NYSTATIN 132 122 37 111
LANTUS 129 116 38 30
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 129 129 38 56
TRAMADOL HCL 128 75 40 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 126 119 41 20
EXELON 118 118 42 70
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 114 105 43 65
SERTRALINE HCL 113 109 44 29
SEROQUEL 104 76 45 138
GLIMEPIRIDE 103 98 46 95
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 100 92 47 47
CLONIDINE HCL 99 98 48 44
BACLOFEN 95 57 49 60
LACTULOSE 91 83 50 69
SINGULAIR 89 84 51 122
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 75 52 50
SPIRIVA 86 72 53 88
RANITIDINE HCL 84 76 54 52
CALCITONIN-SALMON 80 80 55 169
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 69 56 27
RAMIPRIL 77 65 57 101
BUSPIRONE HCL 74 74 58 145
SPIRONOLACTONE 73 55 59 93
GEMFIBROZIL 72 55 60 94
VALPROIC ACID 70 56 61 97
DIOVAN 70 70 61 33
DEMECLOCYCLINE HCL 67 67 10 63 279
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 66 64 64 38
RIVASTIGMINE 63 63 65 284
OLANZAPINE 62 62 66 78
PREDNISONE 60 50 67 63
TRAVATAN Z 59 48 68 137
NYSTOP 59 54 68 210
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 59 68 76
HYDRALAZINE HCL 59 58 68 61
METRONIDAZOLE 58 55 72 184
GLIPIZIDE 58 55 72 25
NOVOLIN R 57 53 74 39
LATANOPROST 56 46 75 151
DIGOXIN 56 52 75 36
NOVOLOG 56 49 75 75
KLOR-CON M10 55 44 78 136
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 54 79 31
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 11 79 110
HUMALOG 53 48 81 114
CEPHALEXIN 53 50 81 121
LIDOCAINE 52 51 83 316
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 52 46 83 23
VOLTAREN 52 49 83 131
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 50 36 86 81
MUPIROCIN 50 48 86 164
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. 28, 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.