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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,055Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 43 out of 96

$380K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 96

343 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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 New Jersey
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 343 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,841 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 New Jersey
WARFARIN SODIUM 258 256 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 228 224 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 218 210 3 1
NAMENDA 211 211 4 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 192 190 5 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 183 183 6 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 177 166 7 7
FUROSEMIDE 166 165 8 4
OMEPRAZOLE 126 121 9 5
FAMOTIDINE 118 109 10 21
TRAMADOL HCL 112 112 11 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 103 103 12 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 94 91 13 9
MIRTAZAPINE 85 85 14 14
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 82 15 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81 77 16 18
METFORMIN HCL 78 68 17 13
DIGOXIN 64 64 18 34
CLOPIDOGREL 64 62 18 27
RAMIPRIL 63 61 20 69
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 61 21 33
LISINOPRIL 61 61 21 10
GLIPIZIDE 61 61 21 62
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 61 21 23
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 58 58 25 83
GABAPENTIN 58 58 25 20
LACTULOSE 57 57 27 37
GLIMEPIRIDE 56 56 28 43
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 54 54 29 89
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 53 48 30 12
LIDODERM 52 52 31 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 52 31 36
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. 20, 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.