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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,848Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 77 out of 232

$455K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 61 out of 232

178 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 178 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,721 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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
DONEPEZIL HCL 328 328 1 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 314 314 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 312 312 3 1
NAMENDA 298 298 4 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 217 217 5 8
LISINOPRIL 180 180 6 6
MIRTAZAPINE 172 172 7 28
OMEPRAZOLE 171 171 8 4
FUROSEMIDE 165 165 9 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 164 164 10 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 152 152 11 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 122 122 12 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 113 13 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 112 14 26
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 111 111 15 10
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 108 108 16 59
TRAZODONE HCL 102 97 17 38
EXELON 95 95 18 95
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 91 91 S3 19 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 91 91 19 47
GABAPENTIN 82 71 21 12
DIOVAN 79 79 22 27
LIDODERM 78 78 23 48
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 75 75 24 15
METFORMIN HCL 75 75 24 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 74 74 26 41
RISPERIDONE 73 73 27 42
SERTRALINE HCL 68 68 28 35
LEVETIRACETAM 67 67 29 72
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 66 66 30 167
CARVEDILOL 66 66 30 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 54 32 43
AMITIZA 54 54 33 318
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 54 54 33 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 50 50 35 19
SEROQUEL 50 50 35 105
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 Jan. 30, 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.