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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,460Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 140

$1.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 140

756 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

6% of this provider’s 756 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 756 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 17,531 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,000 696 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 924 601 2 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 835 726 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 818 602 4 7
METFORMIN HCL 565 444 5 10
FUROSEMIDE 563 460 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 513 483 7 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 475 395 8 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 428 357 S3 9 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 413 347 10 9
GABAPENTIN 407 235 11 13
LISINOPRIL 349 317 12 5
NAMENDA 332 280 13 21
FAMOTIDINE 319 234 14 15
GLIPIZIDE 318 245 15 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 317 285 16 19
ATENOLOL 279 223 17 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 271 181 18 41
MIRTAZAPINE 258 227 19 18
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 245 207 20 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 240 187 21 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 237 188 22 16
OLANZAPINE 234 160 23 78
BACLOFEN 230 116 24 60
LANTUS 212 170 25 30
RISPERIDONE 207 122 26 34
CARVEDILOL 203 189 27 24
HUMULIN R 200 175 28 100
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 186 177 29 46
MEGESTROL ACETATE 166 148 R 30 71
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 162 142 31 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 151 116 32 22
SERTRALINE HCL 149 90 33 29
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 146 101 34 81
NOVOLIN R 146 138 34 39
ABILIFY 139 78 36 142
CLONIDINE HCL 139 123 36 44
DIGOXIN 138 138 38 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 133 118 39 27
MELOXICAM 130 114 40 48
BENAZEPRIL HCL 130 69 40 31
LOVASTATIN 128 96 42 26
NIASPAN 128 52 42 162
CLOPIDOGREL 128 126 42 37
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 126 45 45 110
GEMFIBROZIL 117 67 46 94
DIOVAN 111 105 47 33
TRAZODONE HCL 110 62 48 32
LEVETIRACETAM 108 72 49 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 108 82 49 20
RANITIDINE HCL 107 94 51 52
IBUPROFEN 105 53 52 64
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 92 53 65
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 104 51 53 42
SANTYL 103 70 55 124
CITALOPRAM HBR 103 63 55 17
VALPROIC ACID 101 47 57 97
CARBAMAZEPINE 101 45 57 158
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 97 66 59 28
SODIUM CHLORIDE 96 78 60 135
FLUOXETINE HCL 95 48 61 54
CYMBALTA 94 69 62 59
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 90 41 R 63 246
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 84 55 64 90
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 84 80 64 72
TRAVATAN Z 84 84 64 137
TRIHEXYPHENIDYL HCL 84 25 R 64 255
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 83 25 R 68 107
GLYBURIDE 83 83 R 68 86
PREDNISONE 80 50 70 63
LAMOTRIGINE 80 45 70 167
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 79 51 72 85
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 78 67 73 172
HYDROXYZINE HCL 78 58 R 73 126
LIDODERM 77 68 75 51
LEVEMIR 77 63 75 107
TRAMADOL HCL 76 65 77 35
CELEBREX 75 50 78 82
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 75 69 78 146
GALANTAMINE HBR 74 74 80 203
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 70 81 93
KLOR-CON M20 72 58 81 91
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 70 57 83 80
FENOFIBRATE 70 62 83 103
SUCRALFATE 70 50 83 179
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69 23 86 50
PROMETHAZINE HCL 68 62 R 87 276
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 54 88 78
PENTOXIFYLLINE 67 55 88 279
JANUVIA 64 58 90 66
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 55 91 92
TIZANIDINE HCL 63 16 91 284
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 56 93 56
PLAVIX 62 57 93 49
AZITHROMYCIN 62 52 93 62
SINGULAIR 61 56 96 122
ACTOS 61 51 96 191
ALLOPURINOL 60 60 98 45
NEXIUM 60 51 98 57
CEPHALEXIN 59 44 100 121
DILANTIN 59 15 100 175
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 21 102 113
OXCARBAZEPINE 57 0 103 297
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 17 103 140
PAROXETINE HCL 57 18 103 58
BUSPIRONE HCL 53 17 106 145
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE 53 41 106 312
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 39 106 47
TRICOR 51 32 109 181
RAMIPRIL 50 42 110 101
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 50 37 110 174
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 50 45 110 208
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 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.