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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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44,481Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 68

$3.15M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 68

993 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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 Pennsylvania
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 993 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 993 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 33,382 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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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 Pennsylvania
SIMVASTATIN 2,097 1,737 1 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 1,724 1,452 2 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,556 1,375 3 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,464 1,117 4 8
LISINOPRIL 1,265 1,045 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 1,123 970 6 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 821 762 7 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 813 628 8 9
RANITIDINE HCL 797 648 9 34
RISPERIDONE 770 583 10 25
LEVETIRACETAM 746 530 11 44
OMEPRAZOLE 713 488 12 5
BACLOFEN 609 197 13 82
GABAPENTIN 595 350 14 12
METFORMIN HCL 574 420 15 14
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 550 367 S2 16 43
HYDRALAZINE HCL 536 432 17 51
MIRTAZAPINE 535 419 18 15
LANTUS 523 411 19 36
FENTANYL 503 439 S2 20 39
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 472 345 21 2
HEPARIN SODIUM 452 358 22 101
IBUPROFEN 452 300 22 64
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 447 382 24 11
SERTRALINE HCL 447 313 24 20
CARVEDILOL 422 339 26 27
TRAZODONE HCL 416 258 27 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 412 343 28 28
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 406 360 S3 29 73
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 395 335 30 33
SANTYL 394 303 10 31 87
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 381 271 32 49
NAMENDA 358 358 33 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 356 279 34 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 341 249 35 26
CLOPIDOGREL 330 304 36 31
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 301 208 10 37 99
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 287 157 38 30
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 286 147 39 89
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 282 211 40 55
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 262 227 41 35
HUMALOG 258 211 42 72
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 253 153 43 22
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 251 140 44 81
GLIPIZIDE 237 197 45 54
LIDODERM 228 184 46 68
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 205 127 47 18
FAMOTIDINE 201 148 48 56
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 201 164 48 77
PLAVIX 200 184 50 48
ABILIFY 192 127 51 121
NIFEDIAC CC 187 159 52 134
ATENOLOL 182 159 53 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 181 167 54 41
HALOPERIDOL 180 103 55 104
CARBAMAZEPINE 177 110 56 141
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 174 118 57 19
NIFEDIPINE ER 173 108 58 79
PREVACID 168 115 10 59 193
FLUOXETINE HCL 168 74 59 113
VALPROIC ACID 160 138 61 130
FINASTERIDE 160 145 61 70
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 155 112 63 29
HUMULIN R 153 142 64 129
SEROQUEL 152 137 65 71
KLOR-CON M20 151 150 66 40
NOVOLOG 145 106 67 78
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 140 59 68 53
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 139 88 69 121
HYDROXYZINE HCL 133 113 R 70 151
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 128 75 71 164
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 126 83 72 50
CLONIDINE HCL 125 105 73 94
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 125 101 73 80
OLANZAPINE 124 102 75 82
ALLOPURINOL 122 97 76 46
LATANOPROST 121 108 77 63
CYMBALTA 119 21 78 59
HUMULIN 70-30 116 105 79 152
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 112 81 80 118
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 76 80 38
NIFEDICAL XL 112 102 80 100
ARANESP 110 110 83 175
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 95 84 37
ACTONEL 105 72 84 199
SPIRIVA 104 96 86 60
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 104 64 R 86 146
PREDNISONE 104 98 86 47
DIGOXIN 104 102 86 45
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 103 91 90 52
CEPHALEXIN 102 71 91 115
LOPERAMIDE 100 56 92 166
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 99 52 93 84
TRAMADOL HCL 97 87 94 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 96 44 R 95 234
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 96 73 95 140
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 95 54 S2 97 114
TRAVATAN Z 95 92 97 161
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 94 58 99 123
SPIRONOLACTONE 94 71 99 88
AMANTADINE 93 41 101 176
TOPIRAMATE 90 15 102 238
HYDROCORTISONE 89 42 103 108
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 89 56 103 197
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 89 84 103 191
NOVOLIN R 87 79 106 187
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 59 107 66
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 86 63 107 85
DIOVAN 85 47 109 42
KETOCONAZOLE 85 43 109 240
TIZANIDINE HCL 84 12 111 241
NOVOLIN 70-30 82 31 112 213
OXYCODONE HCL 81 32 S2 113 75
NYSTATIN 80 46 114 74
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 79 60 115 128
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 79 69 115 132
ERYTHROMYCIN 78 42 117 184
NAPROXEN 78 58 117 166
PREDNISOLONE ACETATE 78 78 117 243
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 78 20 R 117 162
COPAXONE 76 0 121 246
SENSIPAR 76 50 121 246
LAMOTRIGINE 75 56 123 156
GEMFIBROZIL 75 50 123 174
MUPIROCIN 75 55 123 139
CRESTOR 75 56 123 90
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 75 69 123 133
OXYCONTIN 73 60 S2 128 92
BENICAR 73 70 128 204
GLYBURIDE 73 72 R 128 65
AMIODARONE HCL 72 71 131 160
ZETIA 70 34 132 110
PAROXETINE HCL 70 46 132 93
CILOSTAZOL 69 69 134 255
TRICOR 69 42 134 125
VESICARE 69 48 134 149
BUMETANIDE 67 64 137 58
TERAZOSIN HCL 67 50 137 170
LYRICA 66 63 139 105
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 66 51 139 150
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 65 65 141 224
MELOXICAM 64 52 142 111
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 64 56 142 168
TIMOLOL MALEATE 64 57 142 153
METHOTREXATE 64 41 142 220
CLONIDINE 62 42 146 201
AZITHROMYCIN 62 49 146 97
ACTOS 60 21 148 145
LUPRON DEPOT 60 60 148 268
ENABLEX 59 30 150 194
DESOXIMETASONE 59 52 150 271
NYSTOP 58 27 152 106
DILTIAZEM HCL 57 45 153 154
BUSPIRONE HCL 55 33 154 98
DILANTIN 55 42 154 214
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 54 39 156 178
AMOXICILLIN 54 37 156 116
SINGULAIR 54 42 156 187
EXELON 53 46 159 57
CALCIUM ACETATE 53 27 159 215
REBIF 53 0 159 284
ONDANSETRON HCL 53 40 159 284
LABETALOL HCL 53 43 159 159
LEXAPRO 52 28 164 117
PATANOL 52 30 164 230
KIONEX 51 21 166 294
ALPHAGAN P 51 51 166 294
LACTULOSE 51 0 166 127
PROCRIT 50 47 169 200
ENDOCET 50 19 S2 169 218
MORPHINE SULFATE 50 40 S2 169 135
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 8, 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.