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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,556Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 117

$859K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 117

746 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
19% 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 Illinois
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 746 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 746 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 14,156 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 Illinois
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 513 477 1 29
OMEPRAZOLE 510 465 2 6
LISINOPRIL 503 478 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 437 419 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 433 399 5 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 428 403 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 421 388 7 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 371 347 8 19
TRAMADOL HCL 331 305 9 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 319 292 10 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 312 254 S3 11 7
ATENOLOL 266 250 12 20
LOVASTATIN 249 244 13 40
FUROSEMIDE 246 242 14 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 235 224 15 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 223 223 16 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 218 218 17 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218 193 17 72
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 189 157 19 27
SERTRALINE HCL 184 161 20 22
GLIPIZIDE 181 160 21 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 180 159 22 15
BENAZEPRIL HCL 180 171 22 68
SPIRIVA 178 177 24 60
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 135 25 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 163 148 26 51
DIGOXIN 162 159 27 35
RANITIDINE HCL 160 140 28 58
METFORMIN HCL 159 136 29 11
MIRTAZAPINE 147 137 30 25
METFORMIN HCL ER 142 134 31 97
TAMSULOSIN HCL 133 127 32 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 132 120 33 52
CYMBALTA 128 93 34 59
CRESTOR 128 122 34 50
LABETALOL HCL 127 127 36 174
CARVEDILOL 126 114 37 24
PROAIR HFA 122 108 38 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 118 113 39 70
PREDNISONE 118 101 39 49
TRAZODONE HCL 117 107 41 44
SPIRONOLACTONE 110 110 42 53
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 108 103 43 211
GABAPENTIN 107 102 44 16
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 100 80 45 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 97 91 46 26
CLOPIDOGREL 93 84 47 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 84 48 106
AZITHROMYCIN 91 84 49 57
INDAPAMIDE 91 91 49 161
FENTANYL 90 75 S2 51 41
ALLOPURINOL 82 71 52 48
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 81 78 53 150
AMOXICILLIN 78 71 54 134
GLIMEPIRIDE 74 61 55 69
FENOFIBRATE 73 57 56 84
PLAVIX 71 69 57 47
MELOXICAM 70 35 58 61
NAMENDA 68 68 59 14
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 65 60 164
SYMBICORT 64 51 61 168
PROPRANOLOL HCL 61 52 62 169
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 56 63 95
BUPROPION XL 58 52 64 244
JANTOVEN 58 58 64 244
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 38 R 66 133
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 55 67 21
VENLAFAXINE HCL 52 50 68 200
SINGULAIR 52 47 68 116
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51 41 70 144
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 50 50 71 212
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 April 25, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.