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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,361Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 54

$678K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 54

665 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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 Washington
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 665 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 665 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,917 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

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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 Washington
WARFARIN SODIUM 726 726 1 7
OMEPRAZOLE 606 595 2 4
MIRTAZAPINE 598 597 3 18
FUROSEMIDE 591 574 4 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 575 555 5 9
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 411 411 6 32
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 409 406 7 1
LISINOPRIL 404 398 8 2
PREDNISONE 367 367 9 34
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 354 352 10 10
GABAPENTIN 300 268 11 13
SERTRALINE HCL 287 285 12 21
SIMVASTATIN 287 282 12 3
LEVOTHROID 248 247 14 59
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 243 243 15 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 232 229 S3 16 8
TRAZODONE HCL 217 208 17 24
DIGOXIN 217 217 17 40
CYMBALTA 214 203 19 46
NAMENDA 195 191 20 22
RANITIDINE HCL 184 172 21 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 181 179 22 23
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 170 170 23 30
FENTANYL 159 158 S2 24 43
OXYCODONE HCL 151 148 S2 25 26
METFORMIN HCL 142 122 26 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 137 137 27 20
CARVEDILOL 136 136 28 36
GLIPIZIDE 129 129 29 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 128 128 30 6
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 126 126 31 42
SEROQUEL 124 124 32 63
RISPERIDONE 121 121 33 38
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 121 33 15
ATENOLOL 120 117 35 17
LIDODERM 116 116 36 92
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 114 113 37 37
TRAMADOL HCL 109 104 38 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 105 105 39 19
TAMIFLU 104 103 40 134
KLOR-CON 10 102 102 41 135
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 101 81 S2 42 47
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 101 101 42 81
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 100 100 44 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 99 99 45 57
FLUOXETINE HCL 97 93 46 45
SPIRONOLACTONE 87 75 47 48
LANTUS 86 82 48 39
LOPERAMIDE 85 85 49 140
NYSTOP 85 85 49 140
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 82 51 25
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 82 80 51 105
METHADONE HCL 81 74 S2 53 70
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 80 73 54 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 78 55 49
ALLOPURINOL 77 77 56 35
LACTULOSE 76 76 57 122
LATANOPROST 75 75 58 144
CEPHALEXIN 75 75 58 144
FINASTERIDE 72 72 60 73
VENLAFAXINE HCL 71 64 61 106
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 71 61 14
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 69 69 63 100
DILTIAZEM HCL 65 65 64 155
PAROXETINE HCL 61 61 65 52
ESTRADIOL 60 58 R 66 80
DILTIAZEM ER 59 59 67 106
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 57 68 69
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 54 54 69 99
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 52 49 70 61
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 51 51 71 180
LYRICA 50 50 72 135
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 50 48 72 84
SPIRIVA 50 50 72 60
PROPRANOLOL HCL 50 36 72 97
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 50 45 72 27
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. 25, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.