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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,260Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 29

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 29

612 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
54% 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 Arkansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 612 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,553 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Arkansas
NAMENDA 1,004 973 1 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 769 743 2 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 565 542 3 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 510 481 4 1
LISINOPRIL 468 440 5 2
MIRTAZAPINE 432 416 6 13
EXELON 404 397 7 38
FUROSEMIDE 393 383 8 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 392 360 9 5
OMEPRAZOLE 371 353 10 8
SIMVASTATIN 354 334 11 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 348 343 12 6
GABAPENTIN 233 222 13 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 218 215 14 15
ATENOLOL 195 191 15 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 184 164 S3 16 7
METFORMIN HCL 168 149 17 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 168 162 17 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 164 153 19 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 153 145 20 31
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 150 134 21 32
MELOXICAM 136 129 22 36
OLANZAPINE 132 126 23 82
WARFARIN SODIUM 128 122 24 14
CARVEDILOL 124 124 25 27
TRAZODONE HCL 121 117 26 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 105 27 16
LEVOFLOXACIN 109 105 28 60
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 109 109 28 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 102 98 30 25
DIOVAN 100 92 31 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 94 32 59
CLOPIDOGREL 83 83 33 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 79 34 20
FAMOTIDINE 74 74 35 61
ENABLEX 74 74 35 174
RISPERIDONE 74 74 35 49
PRADAXA 70 64 38 110
CYMBALTA 70 66 38 29
GLIPIZIDE 70 70 38 50
CRESTOR 69 64 41 62
ARICEPT 68 68 42 181
GEMFIBROZIL 67 62 43 116
DIGOXIN 64 64 44 34
TRAMADOL HCL 63 57 45 24
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 62 46 42
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 60 56 47 88
ALLOPURINOL 60 59 47 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 60 47 37
NEXIUM 59 52 50 47
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 59 58 50 75
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 58 50 44
SUCRALFATE 55 49 53 91
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 55 44 53 154
GALANTAMINE HBR 55 55 53 81
SEROQUEL 54 46 56 71
LOVASTATIN 53 47 57 101
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 53 53 57 28
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 51 50 59 46
SERTRALINE HCL 50 50 60 17
VESICARE 50 50 60 103
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 April 18, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.