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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,405Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 117

$792K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 117

496 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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 Illinois
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 496 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 496 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,941 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 Illinois
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 630 627 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 598 589 2 1
LISINOPRIL 523 499 3 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 444 436 4 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 414 369 S3 5 7
OMEPRAZOLE 407 380 6 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 377 370 7 5
FUROSEMIDE 336 324 8 3
NAMENDA 292 292 9 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 263 254 10 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 258 258 11 10
ATENOLOL 251 249 12 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 224 222 13 17
CARVEDILOL 211 208 14 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 194 188 15 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 193 188 16 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 178 17 13
GABAPENTIN 185 167 18 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 172 166 19 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 161 149 20 21
TRAMADOL HCL 150 148 21 18
SERTRALINE HCL 140 140 22 22
DIOVAN 125 125 23 31
METFORMIN HCL 117 97 24 11
FENTANYL 117 117 S2 24 41
RISPERIDONE 112 112 26 39
ACTONEL 106 106 27 152
DIGOXIN 92 91 28 35
CYMBALTA 89 87 29 59
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 86 80 30 32
GLYBURIDE 86 86 R 30 88
ALLOPURINOL 83 83 32 48
CRESTOR 81 62 33 50
LOVASTATIN 77 68 34 40
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 75 73 35 79
SPIRONOLACTONE 73 71 36 53
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 73 72 36 36
PREMARIN 72 72 R 38 175
TRAZODONE HCL 71 66 39 44
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 70 69 40 42
GLIPIZIDE 70 59 40 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 64 42 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 61 43 23
NEXIUM 60 60 44 62
TORSEMIDE 59 59 45 118
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 57 46 74
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56 56 47 45
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 56 S2 47 128
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 48 49 70
KLOR-CON 10 55 55 49 100
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 55 49 126
RANITIDINE HCL 54 44 52 58
AZITHROMYCIN 54 53 52 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54 52 52 52
VESICARE 53 53 55 114
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 50 55 51
MIRTAZAPINE 51 51 57 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 46 R 57 104
CLOPIDOGREL 51 51 57 30
FAMOTIDINE 51 51 57 38
CEPHALEXIN 50 49 61 113
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 50 50 61 27
OLANZAPINE 50 47 61 147
LIDODERM 50 50 61 46
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 8, 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.