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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,649Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 53

$870K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 53

810 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
17% 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 Missouri
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 810 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 810 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 16,566 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 31.


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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 Missouri
SIMVASTATIN 837 783 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 709 665 2 1
LISINOPRIL 689 654 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 670 637 4 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 494 442 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 482 472 6 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 397 390 7 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 353 347 8 8
TRAMADOL HCL 344 295 9 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 342 342 10 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 330 329 11 12
ATENOLOL 312 301 12 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 305 253 S3 13 6
MIRTAZAPINE 298 294 14 14
METFORMIN HCL 267 240 15 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 266 243 16 20
NAMENDA 228 227 17 11
TRAZODONE HCL 226 225 18 16
LOVASTATIN 224 196 19 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 212 197 20 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 211 201 21 113
SERTRALINE HCL 210 186 22 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 209 208 23 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 202 182 24 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 186 171 25 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 166 166 26 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 158 150 27 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 153 152 28 42
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 147 136 29 116
GABAPENTIN 143 135 30 17
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 141 141 31 47
MELOXICAM 139 107 32 55
CYMBALTA 133 123 33 30
ZETIA 131 127 34 104
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 102 35 95
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 115 36 32
RANITIDINE HCL 124 122 37 35
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 123 123 38 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 121 120 39 31
GLYBURIDE 114 100 R 40 154
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 114 112 40 26
CLOPIDOGREL 113 105 42 40
DIGOXIN 109 109 43 48
CARVEDILOL 105 105 44 21
ALLOPURINOL 97 97 45 41
SPIRIVA 93 86 46 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 91 76 47 38
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 84 83 R 48 156
GLIPIZIDE 84 84 48 45
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 74 50 61
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 82 82 51 143
NEXIUM 81 68 52 52
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 80 80 53 90
AZITHROMYCIN 78 70 54 73
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 76 65 55 228
KLOR-CON 10 76 75 55 70
CRESTOR 76 68 55 50
CEPHALEXIN 75 74 58 112
COMBIVENT 75 75 58 115
PLAVIX 74 74 60 61
PAROXETINE HCL 73 73 61 85
TERAZOSIN HCL 70 70 62 170
EXELON 70 70 62 58
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 64 64 56
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 66 66 65 82
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 66 65 66
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 60 67 44
HYDRALAZINE HCL 59 59 68 57
FELODIPINE ER 58 58 69 179
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 54 70 202
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 46 71 74
PROAIR HFA 54 40 71 76
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 Dec. 3, 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.