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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,728Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 53

$925K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 53

820 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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 Missouri
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 820 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 820 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,419 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 31.


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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 Missouri
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 822 627 S3 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 613 560 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 524 437 3 4
LISINOPRIL 508 429 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 484 458 5 3
METFORMIN HCL 381 323 6 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 379 324 7 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 336 293 8 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 333 314 9 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 325 310 10 12
OMEPRAZOLE 321 281 11 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 320 317 12 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 280 251 13 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 264 243 14 29
GABAPENTIN 236 198 15 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 213 213 16 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 200 170 17 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 195 181 18 26
CARVEDILOL 194 177 19 21
NAMENDA 189 189 20 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 183 174 21 22
RANITIDINE HCL 168 123 22 35
ATENOLOL 166 146 23 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 150 24 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 144 144 25 10
TRAZODONE HCL 141 119 26 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 141 126 26 13
CLOPIDOGREL 137 119 28 40
ALLOPURINOL 136 136 29 41
SERTRALINE HCL 135 113 30 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 112 31 95
FENTANYL 130 107 S2 32 60
AZITHROMYCIN 126 113 33 73
TRAMADOL HCL 118 84 34 15
LOVASTATIN 114 110 35 53
LANTUS 111 101 36 25
PROAIR HFA 102 61 37 76
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 101 97 38 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 70 39 61
MIRTAZAPINE 97 97 40 14
PLAVIX 96 88 41 61
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 94 88 42 42
CYMBALTA 94 75 42 30
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 92 82 44 82
TAMSULOSIN HCL 90 90 45 32
CRESTOR 89 88 46 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 83 81 47 37
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 53 47 91
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 70 49 138
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 76 43 S2 50 174
RISPERIDONE 76 72 50 24
PAROXETINE HCL 73 68 52 85
QUINAPRIL HCL 71 69 53 217
MELOXICAM 68 66 54 55
NEXIUM 65 43 55 52
NIASPAN 64 60 56 166
BUSPIRONE HCL 62 56 57 83
GLIMEPIRIDE 61 51 58 79
CLONIDINE HCL 58 47 59 65
SOTALOL 58 58 59 296
METHOCARBAMOL 57 35 R 61 219
DEXILANT 57 57 61 237
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 55 52 63 254
BENICAR 54 46 64 303
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 53 48 65 86
VENTOLIN HFA 53 44 65 185
DIOVAN 53 51 65 71
ZOSTAVAX 52 49 68 307
ROPINIROLE HCL 52 52 68 74
CALCITONIN-SALMON 50 50 70 252
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 May 5, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.