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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,304Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 38

$564K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 38

452 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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 Michigan
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 452 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 452 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 25%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 13,226 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 31.


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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 Michigan
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 561 560 1 2
LISINOPRIL 520 520 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 478 478 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 451 450 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 448 438 5 6
MIRTAZAPINE 382 382 6 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 352 350 7 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 318 318 8 10
NAMENDA 310 310 9 13
TORSEMIDE 286 286 10 93
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 268 268 11 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 267 267 12 45
TRAMADOL HCL 265 264 13 19
ATENOLOL 245 245 14 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 234 234 S3 15 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 229 229 16 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 211 211 17 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 194 193 18 53
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 186 185 19 9
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 171 171 20 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 170 170 21 11
GALANTAMINE HBR 170 170 21 131
METHADONE HCL 164 164 S2 23 82
SERTRALINE HCL 160 160 24 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 159 159 25 25
GABAPENTIN 155 155 26 18
CARVEDILOL 154 153 27 27
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 150 150 28 32
FAMOTIDINE 139 139 29 35
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 122 122 30 57
CYMBALTA 120 100 31 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 119 119 32 21
ENABLEX 117 117 33 153
METFORMIN HCL 110 110 34 23
TRAZODONE HCL 109 105 35 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 103 103 36 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 101 100 37 60
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 100 100 38 40
TRIMETHOPRIM 97 97 39 165
TAMSULOSIN HCL 91 91 40 31
DEXAMETHASONE 85 85 41 170
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 79 79 42 92
CLOPIDOGREL 76 75 43 34
DIGOXIN 73 73 44 46
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 73 44 73
HYDRALAZINE HCL 71 71 46 62
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 71 71 46 179
ROPINIROLE HCL 69 69 48 98
LOVASTATIN 67 57 49 85
GLIPIZIDE 65 65 50 52
ABILIFY 63 63 51 94
BUPROPION XL 61 61 52 187
IBUPROFEN 61 61 52 63
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 59 59 54 75
PLAVIX 58 55 55 51
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 57 57 56 196
CEPHALEXIN 55 55 57 55
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 53 52 58 97
RISPERIDONE 52 51 59 26
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 51 60 209
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 July 7, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.