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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,735Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 117

$536K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 117

528 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
8% 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 Illinois
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 528 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 8,561 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 Illinois
SIMVASTATIN 394 385 1 1
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 377 357 2 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 357 339 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 303 288 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 261 261 5 3
OMEPRAZOLE 247 240 6 6
ATENOLOL 244 242 7 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 238 237 8 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 209 209 9 8
LISINOPRIL 196 193 10 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 168 168 11 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 167 157 S3 12 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 160 157 13 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 157 154 14 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 144 144 15 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 138 16 13
METFORMIN HCL ER 138 138 16 97
GABAPENTIN 117 115 18 16
AZITHROMYCIN 113 113 19 57
CRESTOR 112 112 20 50
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 106 106 21 29
TRAZODONE HCL 106 106 21 44
NEXIUM 99 99 23 62
MIRTAZAPINE 94 83 24 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 87 82 25 27
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 85 85 26 74
PREDNISONE 84 84 27 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 81 81 28 10
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 78 29 65
DIOVAN 74 74 30 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 73 71 31 103
METFORMIN HCL 73 68 31 11
CALCITONIN-SALMON 70 70 33 229
HYDRALAZINE HCL 66 66 34 54
LIPITOR 65 65 35 119
SYNTHROID 63 63 36 102
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 61 61 37 166
ALLOPURINOL 60 60 38 48
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 54 39 33
BENAZEPRIL HCL 51 51 40 68
COLCRYS 51 51 40 263
BENICAR 51 48 40 155
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 51 40 53
CLOPIDOGREL 50 50 44 30
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 26, 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.