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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,031Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 140

$502K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 140

221 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

11% of this provider’s 221 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 221 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,317 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 476 418 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 417 333 S3 2 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 332 328 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 326 289 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 317 311 5 8
MIRTAZAPINE 266 202 6 18
LISINOPRIL 237 225 7 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 224 215 8 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 216 188 9 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 212 141 10 9
GABAPENTIN 209 157 11 13
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 204 192 12 41
GLIPIZIDE 176 140 13 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 172 159 14 19
RISPERIDONE 171 136 15 34
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 165 148 16 42
LANTUS 137 122 17 30
METFORMIN HCL 132 120 18 10
ATENOLOL 131 85 19 12
LEVETIRACETAM 121 97 20 53
NOVOLIN R 119 89 21 39
NAMENDA 113 100 22 21
BACLOFEN 109 64 23 60
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 94 76 24 22
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 89 89 25 56
OMEPRAZOLE 87 63 26 7
NOVOLOG 76 51 27 75
SERTRALINE HCL 76 70 27 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 75 75 29 157
NYSTOP 73 56 30 210
SEROQUEL 72 64 31 138
CARVEDILOL 71 70 32 24
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 67 S2 33 153
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 69 33 14
KLOR-CON M10 69 50 33 136
CITALOPRAM HBR 68 63 36 17
CLONIDINE HCL 68 56 36 44
DIGOXIN 63 63 38 36
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63 42 38 85
CYMBALTA 63 54 38 59
VALPROIC ACID 62 62 41 97
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 59 30 42 23
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 59 45 42 65
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 30 44 110
METHADONE HCL 57 57 S2 45 154
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 55 32 S2 46 73
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 13 S2 46 144
OLANZAPINE 54 54 48 78
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 52 52 S2 49 109
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 36 50 92
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 50 46 50 20
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 Feb. 5, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.