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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,805Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 232

$471K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 232

487 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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

5% of this provider’s 487 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 487 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,702 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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 619 619 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 446 446 2 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 432 430 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 311 308 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 310 294 S3 5 5
LISINOPRIL 304 304 6 6
ATENOLOL 303 303 7 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 262 262 8 20
DIGOXIN 216 211 9 37
LOVASTATIN 181 181 10 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 167 164 11 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 156 156 12 10
SIMVASTATIN 155 155 13 1
METFORMIN HCL 137 137 14 9
AZITHROMYCIN 136 134 15 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 133 133 16 14
PAROXETINE HCL 128 128 17 69
FLUOXETINE HCL 121 121 18 71
KLOR-CON M20 114 114 19 112
ALLOPURINOL 111 111 20 39
PROAIR HFA 110 109 21 79
PREDNISONE 109 109 22 49
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 107 106 23 68
GABAPENTIN 106 100 24 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 102 25 16
MIRTAZAPINE 101 101 26 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 101 101 26 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 99 94 28 19
NAMENDA 98 98 29 18
DIOVAN 97 97 30 27
TRAMADOL HCL 94 94 31 33
GLIPIZIDE 81 81 32 29
LEVOXYL 80 80 33 187
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 80 79 33 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 71 35 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 71 71 35 13
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 68 68 37 47
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 66 38 77
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 58 39 62
FELODIPINE ER 55 55 40 123
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 55 40 17
TERAZOSIN HCL 55 55 40 97
TRAZODONE HCL 55 55 40 38
KLOR-CON 10 55 55 40 174
RISPERIDONE 53 52 45 42
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 50 49 46 169
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.