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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,894Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 53

$1.09M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 53

859 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 859 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 859 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 18,539 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$58 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,017 1,004 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 852 837 2 5
LISINOPRIL 516 486 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 467 457 4 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 458 458 5 10
OMEPRAZOLE 457 456 6 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 436 421 7 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 435 421 S3 8 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 412 402 9 26
NAMENDA 382 382 10 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 376 374 11 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 355 353 12 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 351 350 13 23
SIMVASTATIN 340 338 14 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 334 334 15 7
GABAPENTIN 318 300 16 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 282 279 17 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 238 238 18 20
SERTRALINE HCL 219 215 19 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 218 218 20 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 210 207 21 28
METFORMIN HCL 201 196 22 18
ALLOPURINOL 197 197 23 41
CARVEDILOL 197 189 23 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 196 192 25 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 162 162 26 32
CRESTOR 155 146 27 50
DIOVAN 147 147 28 71
TRAZODONE HCL 144 144 29 16
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 142 142 30 66
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 137 135 31 44
TRAMADOL HCL 129 129 32 15
AZITHROMYCIN 128 125 33 73
EXELON 127 127 34 58
CLOPIDOGREL 127 127 34 40
PREDNISONE 122 120 36 49
MIRTAZAPINE 122 122 36 14
NEXIUM 120 118 38 52
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 120 116 38 113
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 118 118 40 90
CLONIDINE HCL 118 118 40 65
EVISTA 117 117 42 155
LOVASTATIN 111 111 43 53
LIDODERM 107 101 44 75
ATENOLOL 103 103 45 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 103 103 45 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 91 47 138
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 93 93 48 37
CYMBALTA 91 91 49 30
PLAVIX 88 88 50 61
GALANTAMINE HBR 88 88 50 220
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 85 85 52 47
SYNTHROID 82 72 53 96
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 81 81 54 120
KLOR-CON 10 81 72 54 70
MELOXICAM 76 76 56 55
RAMIPRIL 76 76 56 165
LANTUS 75 71 58 25
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 74 72 59 116
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 67 60 91
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 70 61 34
HYDRALAZINE HCL 72 72 61 57
GLIMEPIRIDE 72 65 61 79
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 71 64 38
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 68 65 56
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 65 66 95
PROAIR HFA 66 66 67 76
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 66 65 67 82
PAROXETINE HCL 64 64 69 85
RANITIDINE HCL 64 64 69 35
DIGOXIN 62 62 71 48
VESICARE 62 62 71 146
OXYCODONE HCL 61 61 S2 73 132
NIFEDIPINE ER 60 60 74 202
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 60 59 74 228
ZETIA 59 59 76 104
LATANOPROST 59 59 76 118
PREMARIN 58 58 R 78 246
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 58 58 78 210
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57 57 80 215
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 56 56 81 80
SPIRIVA 55 55 82 78
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 54 54 83 42
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 54 83 127
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 52 52 85 254
LEVOXYL 51 41 86 131
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.