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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,018Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 41

$393K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 41

467 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 467 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 467 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 8,879 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
LISINOPRIL 413 407 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 329 324 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 327 323 3 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 300 298 4 8
FUROSEMIDE 290 283 5 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 279 276 6 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 243 241 7 6
SERTRALINE HCL 243 238 7 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 234 231 9 7
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 215 214 10 22
JANTOVEN 205 205 11 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 175 174 12 9
SIMVASTATIN 169 167 13 3
GABAPENTIN 144 141 14 11
TRAZODONE HCL 143 132 15 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 140 139 16 20
MIRTAZAPINE 138 138 17 15
ATENOLOL 136 136 18 10
TRAMADOL HCL 135 135 19 18
NAMENDA 126 126 20 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 119 118 21 16
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 103 103 22 21
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 99 96 23 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87 86 24 29
LANTUS 85 85 25 25
NYSTOP 77 76 26 45
DIGOXIN 74 74 27 38
LATANOPROST 68 68 28 79
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 68 65 28 83
PREDNISONE 67 64 30 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 61 60 31 26
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 60 32 72
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 58 58 33 68
SPIRIVA 57 56 34 58
FINASTERIDE 57 57 34 75
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 56 36 77
LEVETIRACETAM 55 53 37 50
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 53 53 38 48
OLANZAPINE 51 48 39 28
OXYCODONE HCL 51 50 S2 39 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 50 49 41 23
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.