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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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46,368Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 232

$2,230 Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 221 out of 232

240 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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

16% of this provider’s 240 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

40% of this provider’s 240 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 40,011 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$0 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

193 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
CALCIUM WITH VITAMIN D 3,046 2,709 10 1 46
ASPIRIN EC 2,927 2,548 10 2 40
THERA-M 2,538 2,203 10 3 82
LISINOPRIL 1,721 1,573 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 1,656 1,360 5 1
SENNA PLUS 1,574 1,321 10 6 106
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,313 1,109 S3 7 5
FUROSEMIDE 1,208 1,165 8 7
DOK 1,052 894 10 9 70
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,000 909 10 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 891 891 11 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 785 668 12 10
GLIPIZIDE 777 671 10 13 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 761 696 14 26
VITAMIN B-12 711 711 10 15 126
METFORMIN HCL 609 487 16 9
GABAPENTIN 567 274 17 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 561 476 18 8
OMEPRAZOLE 520 327 19 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 479 376 20 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 411 405 21 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 410 357 22 14
ATENOLOL 389 369 23 11
LORATADINE 375 258 24 178
MAPAP 375 338 10 24 78
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 367 359 26 20
CYMBALTA 362 255 27 57
VITAMIN D 355 334 10 28 103
CARVEDILOL 328 244 29 21
ASPIRIN 323 317 30 206
FERROUS SULFATE 311 308 10 31 173
ALLOPURINOL 310 310 32 39
MYTAB GAS 296 274 10 33 234
MIRTAZAPINE 286 253 34 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 280 180 35 32
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 267 214 36 64
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 250 197 37 23
ASSURE 4 247 203 10 38 249
SENNA 246 226 10 39 183
ACTOS 242 185 40 100
RISPERIDONE 242 189 40 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 236 236 42 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 221 168 43 22
FAMOTIDINE 200 167 44 30
TRAZODONE HCL 191 81 45 38
TRILIPIX 191 191 45 230
CLOPIDOGREL 188 157 47 34
CLONIDINE HCL 186 168 48 58
FOLIC ACID 175 175 49 200
HYDRALAZINE HCL 173 173 50 62
PLAVIX 173 151 50 50
BOUDREAUXS 172 164 10 52 276
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 168 97 53 17
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 166 162 54 59
NAMENDA 162 162 55 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 159 159 56 13
LANTUS 156 139 57 36
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 151 111 58 122
COREG CR 151 151 58 190
LYRICA 149 101 60 134
GALANTAMINE HBR 147 147 61 186
CLONIDINE 147 147 61 162
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 144 139 R 63 215
BACLOFEN 144 126 63 83
IBUPROFEN 137 125 65 65
FINASTERIDE 136 136 66 76
FISH OIL 133 133 10 67 301
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 130 89 R 68 163
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 125 111 69 67
MAGNESIUM OXIDE 122 122 10 70 307
SERTRALINE HCL 122 90 70 35
DAILY VITE 118 113 72 312
TRAMADOL HCL 118 118 72 33
DIOVAN 117 64 74 27
PAROXETINE HCL 115 62 75 69
PREDNISONE 111 107 76 49
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 110 72 77 47
VITAMIN C 108 108 10 78 317
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 108 55 78 133
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 107 52 80 199
DIGOXIN 105 105 81 37
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 105 105 81 41
PAIN & FEVER 103 103 10 83 321
MECLIZINE HCL 101 50 84 165
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 89 85 44
NIASPAN 100 100 85 204
LEVETIRACETAM 94 85 87 72
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 94 80 87 144
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 93 75 R 89 218
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 92 24 90 113
VESICARE 91 91 91 175
LACTULOSE 89 37 92 90
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 35 92 71
SINGULAIR 89 69 92 96
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 88 88 95 52
PROPRANOLOL HCL 88 45 95 207
HUMALOG 87 30 97 119
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 83 63 98 172
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 80 74 99 19
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 79 79 100 66
LIDODERM 78 69 101 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 77 77 102 54
VENTOLIN HFA 77 71 102 154
VENLAFAXINE HCL 76 56 104 344
NOVOLIN N 74 67 105 116
TRICOR 74 74 105 130
LEVOFLOXACIN 74 66 105 80
PEN NEEDLE 73 40 108 193
DETROL LA 73 73 108 225
CENTRUM SILVER 73 73 10 108 347
ANASTROZOLE 72 72 111 350
RENVELA 71 66 112 238
CULTURELLE 71 68 10 112 351
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 70 69 S2 114 125
MILK OF MAGNESIA 69 67 10 115 354
CALCIUM ACETATE 68 0 116 358
LUNESTA 68 68 116 304
TRAVATAN Z 67 67 118 197
FIBER CHOICE 67 67 10 118 361
PENTOXIFYLLINE 66 66 120 261
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 66 53 120 94
COLCRYS 65 65 122 216
CELEBREX 63 63 123 63
LIQUITEARS 62 56 10 124 369
METHOCARBAMOL 61 60 R 125 373
SPIRONOLACTONE 61 61 125 77
JANUVIA 58 58 127 60
SODIUM BICARBONATE 57 57 10 128 380
TOPIRAMATE 57 43 128 236
Q-TUSSIN DM 57 38 128 380
CALCITRIOL 57 57 128 380
CETIRIZINE HCL 56 55 132 383
NITRO-DUR 56 56 10 132 383
CEPHALEXIN 55 54 134 108
PRIMIDONE 55 55 134 281
VITAMIN B-1 55 55 10 134 274
VERAPAMIL ER 54 54 137 250
RENAGEL 54 54 137 393
FENOFIBRATE 54 54 137 93
AVODART 54 54 137 157
RANITIDINE HCL 53 53 141 61
BUPROPION XL 53 53 141 237
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 53 141 153
DILTIAZEM ER 53 53 141 278
ESTRADIOL 53 53 R 141 193
VALACYCLOVIR 53 53 141 395
AMITIZA 53 53 141 318
FELODIPINE ER 53 53 141 123
AGGRENOX 53 53 141 233
WELCHOL 53 53 141 312
METAMUCIL 52 31 151 400
VITAMIN B COMPLEX 52 0 10 151 400
OYST-CAL-D 500 51 51 10 153 307
BENAZEPRIL HCL 51 40 153 31
K-TAB 50 50 155 283
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. 1, 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.