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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,054Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 63

$954K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 63

539 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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 Maryland
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 539 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 539 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,567 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% 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 $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Maryland
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 744 622 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 741 628 2 6
FUROSEMIDE 735 683 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 661 634 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 643 569 5 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 549 491 6 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 542 495 7 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 461 432 S3 8 36
CITALOPRAM HBR 440 408 9 11
LISINOPRIL 395 323 10 2
GABAPENTIN 354 306 11 21
TRAMADOL HCL 333 300 12 12
RANITIDINE HCL 282 229 13 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 267 214 14 20
METFORMIN HCL 265 215 15 17
LANTUS 262 207 16 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 251 251 17 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 247 233 18 13
BUSPIRONE HCL 242 235 19 63
SERTRALINE HCL 229 209 20 19
TRAZODONE HCL 218 173 21 18
KLOR-CON 10 217 156 22 74
LEVETIRACETAM 202 145 23 45
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 184 180 24 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 178 165 25 26
FENTANYL 161 160 S2 26 67
GLIMEPIRIDE 160 148 27 77
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 159 147 28 44
NAMENDA 158 158 29 24
CLOPIDOGREL 156 141 30 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 155 114 31 32
MIRTAZAPINE 155 155 31 8
LABETALOL HCL 152 139 33 98
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 151 126 34 34
DIGOXIN 146 141 35 50
LOVASTATIN 142 139 36 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 137 120 37 40
SPIRIVA 136 121 38 89
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 136 128 38 23
ADVAIR DISKUS 131 98 40 42
GLIPIZIDE 122 97 41 53
DIOVAN 120 97 42 41
PLAVIX 117 101 43 51
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 116 104 44 35
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 109 88 45 79
PREDNISONE 109 91 45 54
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 109 106 45 30
ALLOPURINOL 108 107 48 55
CLONIDINE HCL 106 90 49 49
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 92 50 88
ATENOLOL 103 103 51 22
DILTIAZEM HCL 102 102 52 95
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 87 53 15
SEROQUEL 97 91 54 69
PAROXETINE HCL 93 73 55 71
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 93 58 55 46
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 85 57 68
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 85 58 38
LEVOFLOXACIN 89 78 58 57
CEFTRIAXONE 89 84 58 116
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 84 61 119
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 85 72 61 119
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 82 64 63 99
AZITHROMYCIN 81 68 64 59
CARVEDILOL 80 70 65 39
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 79 77 S2 66 82
NYSTATIN 77 59 67 90
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 65 67 48
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 77 64 67 105
HALOG 76 76 10 70 124
VENLAFAXINE HCL 76 68 70 124
PROAIR HFA 75 47 72 85
NYAMYC 74 67 73 127
KLOR-CON M20 74 72 73 31
CARBAMAZEPINE 72 41 75 94
NOVOLOG 70 47 76 52
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 68 62 77 10
NIFEDIPINE ER 66 66 78 107
RISPERIDONE 65 59 79 33
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 64 59 80 136
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63 62 81 66
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 61 54 82 62
TERAZOSIN HCL 61 61 82 113
FENOFIBRATE 59 51 84 143
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 58 85 145
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 58 55 85 96
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 58 58 85 84
CRESTOR 55 31 88 76
CEPHALEXIN 54 49 89 102
LACTULOSE 54 30 89 47
BUMETANIDE 54 52 89 152
LATANOPROST 53 53 92 154
BUPROPION HCL 52 51 93 114
SSD 50 35 94 165
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 Nov. 29, 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.