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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,025Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 54

$696K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 54

329 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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 Connecticut
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 329 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 329 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 11,150 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 26.


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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 Connecticut
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 732 546 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 484 403 2 9
FUROSEMIDE 453 425 3 3
LISINOPRIL 366 362 4 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 352 323 5 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 324 296 6 17
TRAZODONE HCL 320 312 7 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 313 299 8 4
SIMVASTATIN 313 279 8 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 312 312 10 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 297 297 11 7
RISPERIDONE 258 212 12 23
NAMENDA 243 243 13 13
SERTRALINE HCL 237 220 14 12
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 206 203 15 18
MIRTAZAPINE 197 197 16 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 186 93 17 31
ATENOLOL 161 146 18 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 155 143 19 21
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 155 84 19 28
GABAPENTIN 154 154 21 16
TRAMADOL HCL 148 148 22 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 135 135 23 15
LIDODERM 129 129 24 44
GLIPIZIDE 117 103 25 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 109 97 26 14
LEVETIRACETAM 105 89 27 46
LANTUS 102 102 28 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 100 51 29 67
TAMSULOSIN HCL 100 77 29 25
CARVEDILOL 100 100 29 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 99 87 32 63
TRAVATAN Z 96 96 33 71
METFORMIN HCL 96 84 33 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 93 30 35 37
DIGOXIN 87 81 36 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84 84 37 48
CLOPIDOGREL 80 80 38 38
FENTANYL 80 68 S2 38 92
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 79 38 42
SEROQUEL 80 73 38 56
NOVOLOG 76 76 42 66
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 60 S3 42 39
CALCITONIN-SALMON 74 27 44 141
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 69 69 45 49
CEPHALEXIN 68 56 46 79
CARBAMAZEPINE 67 24 47 116
LEXAPRO 65 65 48 60
LOVASTATIN 64 64 49 53
TOPIRAMATE 64 0 49 109
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 63 63 51 84
RANITIDINE HCL 63 63 51 50
PREDNISONE 61 60 53 34
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 60 54 54 62
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 60 59 54 33
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 59 56 41
NYSTOP 58 58 57 107
SPIRIVA 58 58 57 51
PAROXETINE HCL 58 58 57 69
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 56 20 60 123
LACTULOSE 56 0 60 70
OLANZAPINE 55 54 62 43
MELOXICAM 55 53 62 81
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 49 64 20
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 53 53 65 173
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 Jan. 14, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.