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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,741Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 107

$937K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 107

662 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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 Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 662 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 662 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,264 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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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 Pennsylvania
FUROSEMIDE 618 539 1 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 588 516 2 7
MIRTAZAPINE 545 513 3 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 510 464 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 476 430 5 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 456 406 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 450 376 7 5
OMEPRAZOLE 440 365 8 6
SERTRALINE HCL 393 313 9 12
LISINOPRIL 376 355 10 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 361 325 11 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 345 314 12 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 293 245 13 18
TRAMADOL HCL 275 226 14 23
TRAZODONE HCL 260 192 15 22
GABAPENTIN 239 209 16 11
METFORMIN HCL 233 200 17 13
GLIPIZIDE 224 200 18 46
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 206 195 19 31
NAMENDA 194 194 20 19
RISPERIDONE 192 126 21 26
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 180 146 22 24
CYMBALTA 176 172 23 52
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 172 158 24 40
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 148 137 25 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 145 131 26 27
DIGOXIN 141 138 27 37
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 140 86 28 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 138 122 29 15
NOVOLIN 70-30 134 131 30 125
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 131 118 31 17
ABILIFY 130 92 32 66
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 128 95 33 55
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 126 100 34 67
CARVEDILOL 124 115 35 25
CLOPIDOGREL 122 113 36 29
LANTUS 118 105 37 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 107 38 14
LEVOFLOXACIN 117 104 38 101
OLANZAPINE 114 114 40 57
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 114 101 S3 40 20
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 110 110 42 70
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 109 105 43 75
HALOPERIDOL 105 85 44 123
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 103 93 45 56
PLAVIX 103 93 45 43
FAMOTIDINE 102 101 47 42
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 102 70 S2 47 53
FENTANYL 100 92 S2 49 50
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 91 78 50 32
LIDODERM 88 83 51 77
BUSPIRONE HCL 85 82 52 82
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 84 79 53 73
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 84 69 53 107
LEVETIRACETAM 81 32 55 44
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 69 56 30
PREDNISONE 78 69 57 39
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 74 66 58 129
NOVOLOG 73 73 59 76
SPIRIVA 72 70 60 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 55 61 74
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 70 69 62 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 56 63 47
SEROQUEL 67 63 64 87
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 29 64 102
BACLOFEN 66 38 66 64
ATENOLOL 66 65 66 21
DETROL LA 66 64 66 157
CLONIDINE HCL 64 31 69 95
HYDRALAZINE HCL 64 57 69 58
GLIMEPIRIDE 64 64 69 84
LATANOPROST 63 63 72 94
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 55 72 54
HUMALOG 57 43 74 79
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 57 54 74 121
CEPHALEXIN 56 53 76 120
FINASTERIDE 55 55 77 72
LOPERAMIDE 53 45 78 199
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 31 78 145
EXELON 53 53 78 111
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 30 81 122
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 45 82 104
AMIODARONE HCL 51 51 82 93
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 51 19 R 82 131
DIOVAN 50 43 85 33
SANTYL 50 47 85 113
KLOR-CON M10 50 45 85 97
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 May 3, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.