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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,863Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 48 out of 151

$384K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 71 out of 151

499 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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
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this specialty
in Florida
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 499 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,444 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Florida
SIMVASTATIN 786 690 1 1
LISINOPRIL 488 440 2 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 437 358 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 404 380 4 3
ATENOLOL 361 317 5 11
METFORMIN HCL 277 236 6 8
LOVASTATIN 257 237 7 31
OMEPRAZOLE 236 209 8 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 235 205 9 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 221 203 10 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 205 160 11 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 190 165 12 26
GABAPENTIN 156 126 13 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 155 123 14 16
GLIPIZIDE ER 155 136 14 123
FUROSEMIDE 126 114 16 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 125 91 17 18
CRESTOR 122 98 18 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 120 112 19 9
CLOPIDOGREL 109 92 20 29
GLIPIZIDE 104 90 21 43
PLAVIX 95 85 22 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 86 61 23 34
FAMOTIDINE 80 80 24 64
DIOVAN 79 67 25 33
RANITIDINE HCL 78 53 26 32
ALPRAZOLAM 69 53 27 41
SERTRALINE HCL 69 63 27 25
AMOXICILLIN 69 50 27 201
CARVEDILOL 64 64 30 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 63 63 31 21
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 63 31 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 63 52 31 12
NEXIUM 57 48 34 44
PAROXETINE HCL 54 54 35 54
TIZANIDINE HCL 54 41 35 167
SYNTHROID 54 50 35 60
CYMBALTA 53 35 38 62
ACTONEL 50 45 39 184
CLONIDINE HCL 50 48 39 52
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. 28, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.