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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,180Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 98

$1,296 Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 94 out of 98

205 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
0% 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

19% of this provider’s 205 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 14,377 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$0 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

79 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
SIMVASTATIN 761 697 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 761 708 1 6
LISINOPRIL 678 580 3 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 648 617 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 639 549 5 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 621 588 6 16
FUROSEMIDE 513 480 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 485 439 8 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 478 409 9 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 339 325 10 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 310 273 11 20
LANTUS 288 268 12 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 260 231 13 10
ATENOLOL 244 244 14 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 205 193 15 5
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 178 167 16 23
GABAPENTIN 173 159 17 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 166 153 18 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 162 162 19 12
OXYCODONE HCL 159 142 S2 20 61
TRAZODONE HCL 158 131 21 9
TRAMADOL HCL 149 149 22 26
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 148 136 23 198
GLIPIZIDE 146 117 24 37
HYDRALAZINE HCL 143 143 25 75
LATANOPROST 139 131 26 67
SERTRALINE HCL 137 137 27 19
NYSTOP 135 131 28 64
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 125 113 29 44
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 123 99 30 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 122 113 31 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 122 110 31 34
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 116 116 33 36
INSULIN SYRINGE 115 107 34 149
PROAIR HFA 114 82 35 58
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 114 109 35 95
ADVAIR DISKUS 103 79 37 32
LEVETIRACETAM 103 59 37 38
ALLOPURINOL 99 87 39 43
FLUOXETINE HCL 97 97 40 48
RANITIDINE HCL 94 79 41 35
CYMBALTA 94 82 41 47
FINASTERIDE 92 88 43 49
MIRTAZAPINE 90 78 44 11
GLIPIZIDE ER 88 88 45 121
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 88 88 45 172
LIDODERM 87 87 47 29
CRESTOR 85 70 48 51
IBUPROFEN 84 74 49 74
SPIRIVA 82 69 50 46
RISPERIDONE 80 80 51 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 78 78 52 8
DETROL LA 77 74 53 196
DIOVAN 74 68 54 57
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 31 55 53
TORSEMIDE 72 72 55 155
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 47 57 111
HUMULIN N 65 65 57 140
NAMENDA 63 63 59 18
BUPROPION HCL SR 61 36 60 100
ABILIFY 61 12 60 66
CLOPIDOGREL 61 54 60 50
NIFEDIPINE ER 59 59 63 68
OLANZAPINE 56 31 64 24
SEROQUEL 54 50 65 52
HYDROCORTISONE 53 52 66 291
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 52 32 67 42
SINGULAIR 51 43 68 117
PREDNISONE 51 51 68 31
COMBIVENT 50 19 70 188
DIGOXIN 50 50 70 40
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 29, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.