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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,775Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 41

$1.03M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 41

739 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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 Minnesota
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 739 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 739 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,141 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 Minnesota
OMEPRAZOLE 749 638 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 661 626 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 653 613 3 5
LISINOPRIL 527 492 4 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 497 444 5 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 494 417 6 7
SIMVASTATIN 472 393 7 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 462 415 8 6
MIRTAZAPINE 451 418 9 15
TRAZODONE HCL 439 393 10 14
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 354 320 11 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 345 304 12 9
GABAPENTIN 333 276 13 11
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 301 256 14 22
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 278 274 15 35
OLANZAPINE 277 263 16 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 274 247 17 20
LANTUS 262 220 18 25
TRAMADOL HCL 260 249 19 18
JANTOVEN 259 207 20 24
RISPERIDONE 219 206 21 31
METFORMIN HCL 199 163 22 19
MAPAP 191 191 23 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 190 187 24 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 189 181 25 13
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 185 178 26 34
ATENOLOL 183 158 27 10
NOVOLOG 181 146 28 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 161 144 29 61
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 159 156 30 67
SERTRALINE HCL 148 95 31 17
CYMBALTA 143 114 32 63
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 140 128 33 36
SEROQUEL 135 126 34 52
PREDNISONE 130 124 35 27
NYSTATIN 130 121 35 54
CLOZAPINE 129 25 37 85
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 123 107 38 62
CLOPIDOGREL 123 113 38 56
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 119 103 40 81
TAMSULOSIN HCL 114 110 41 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 92 42 80
OXYCODONE HCL 112 85 S2 42 37
KLOR-CON M10 110 105 44 76
KLOR-CON M20 106 83 45 49
SPIRIVA 105 86 46 58
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 105 96 46 64
RANITIDINE HCL 97 75 48 40
CARVEDILOL 97 96 48 41
NAMENDA 97 95 48 30
LATANOPROST 96 88 51 79
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 95 90 52 128
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 84 53 12
PAROXETINE HCL 87 81 54 39
PLAVIX 87 80 54 69
TAMIFLU 85 70 56 55
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 81 S3 57 33
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 80 71 58 83
DIGOXIN 80 80 58 38
AMMONIUM LACTATE 80 75 58 93
DIOVAN 80 69 58 82
FINASTERIDE 79 79 62 75
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 79 75 62 23
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 79 78 62 92
NYSTOP 76 62 65 45
GLIPIZIDE 71 64 66 53
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 71 67 66 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 71 61 66 105
PROPRANOLOL HCL 70 69 69 138
LEVETIRACETAM 69 66 70 50
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 68 49 71 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 67 56 72 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 48 72 77
LIDODERM 67 56 72 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 65 37 75 26
BACLOFEN 64 56 76 66
TRAVATAN Z 64 62 76 96
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 63 63 78 65
DILANTIN 61 47 79 118
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 61 54 79 68
CEFTRIAXONE 58 48 81 99
METHADONE HCL 56 43 S2 82 149
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 55 45 R 83 88
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 54 25 84 155
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 20 S2 84 70
ABILIFY 51 17 86 90
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 51 51 86 165
CEPHALEXIN 51 35 86 101
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 49 89 60
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. 4, 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.