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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,924Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 34

$233K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 34

188 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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 Arizona
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 188 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,894 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 Arizona
TRAZODONE HCL 357 267 1 30
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 300 280 2 2
LISINOPRIL 227 201 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 212 180 4 6
FUROSEMIDE 209 184 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 204 173 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 173 154 7 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 164 164 8 15
NAMENDA 150 150 9 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 148 135 10 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 129 102 11 18
SERTRALINE HCL 104 74 12 28
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 102 82 13 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 100 89 14 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 82 15 17
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 76 68 16 47
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 59 17 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 75 48 17 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 73 70 19 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 41 S3 19 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 68 54 21 37
MIRTAZAPINE 63 60 22 24
RANITIDINE HCL 62 57 23 33
RISPERIDONE 61 57 24 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 59 51 25 68
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 58 26 31
GLIPIZIDE 57 57 27 29
METFORMIN HCL 56 51 28 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 56 30 28 22
KLOR-CON M20 51 51 30 46
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 Jan. 12, 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.