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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,161Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 39 out of 98

$435K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 32 out of 98

160 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 160 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 7,735 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

51 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 34.


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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 Massachusetts
FUROSEMIDE 417 417 1 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 389 389 2 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 279 264 3 8
MIRTAZAPINE 278 264 4 11
SIMVASTATIN 275 262 5 2
LISINOPRIL 248 229 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 227 203 7 7
OMEPRAZOLE 223 203 8 6
TRAZODONE HCL 214 189 9 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 197 195 10 10
NAMENDA 175 175 11 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 158 158 12 25
LANTUS 143 133 13 28
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 136 136 14 5
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 129 129 15 36
ATENOLOL 124 115 16 14
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 118 105 17 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 109 84 18 20
METFORMIN HCL 99 87 19 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 99 99 19 12
OLANZAPINE 98 88 21 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 87 87 22 32
GLIPIZIDE 85 85 23 37
SPIRIVA 83 83 24 46
GENERLAC 80 77 25 82
CLONIDINE HCL 78 78 26 108
HYDRALAZINE HCL 77 77 27 75
NOVOLOG 76 76 28 54
GABAPENTIN 71 69 29 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 65 63 30 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 44 30 17
RANITIDINE HCL 64 64 32 35
LEVETIRACETAM 63 52 33 38
NYSTOP 62 62 34 64
OXYCODONE HCL 60 60 S2 35 61
BACLOFEN 56 35 36 59
HUMALOG 56 46 36 96
LIDODERM 53 53 38 29
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 51 46 39 95
KLOR-CON M20 51 51 39 69
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 50 50 41 21
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 June 9, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.