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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,601Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 96

$1.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 96

481 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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 New Jersey
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,860 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

48% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$80 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 New Jersey
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 643 576 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 575 526 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 561 523 3 1
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 528 497 4 81
DIOVAN HCT 484 425 5 64
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 438 370 6 2
DIOVAN 342 321 7 17
METFORMIN HCL 329 263 8 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 320 316 9 9
NEXIUM 309 282 10 40
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 288 275 11 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 281 250 12 12
CARVEDILOL 237 202 13 22
LISINOPRIL 229 216 14 10
CRESTOR 219 162 15 39
SINGULAIR 219 193 15 78
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 194 184 17 33
JANUMET 193 154 18 123
TRAMADOL HCL 193 164 18 35
CLOPIDOGREL 163 141 20 27
PAROXETINE HCL 158 146 21 66
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 148 144 22 105
EXFORGE HCT 142 121 23 173
ADVAIR DISKUS 142 104 23 46
PROAIR HFA 139 100 25 72
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 136 127 26 24
EVISTA 135 126 27 179
CELEBREX 134 131 28 114
ACTOS 129 123 29 143
LYRICA 121 106 30 73
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 121 92 30 55
PLAVIX 121 117 30 42
LIPITOR 117 113 33 63
ZETIA 115 98 34 110
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 99 35 88
VOLTAREN 114 108 35 131
TEKTURNA 112 112 37 195
AMMONIUM LACTATE 111 100 38 152
BYSTOLIC 108 104 39 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 106 105 40 8
FUROSEMIDE 103 103 41 4
GLIMEPIRIDE 101 75 42 43
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 97 71 43 23
SERTRALINE HCL 97 91 43 15
SYNTHROID 96 83 45 99
DEXILANT 96 85 45 205
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 94 83 47 137
ATELVIA 92 92 48 169
GABAPENTIN 91 66 49 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 84 49 98
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 90 71 51 28
PROMETHAZINE HCL 89 67 R 52 163
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 82 52 53
EXFORGE 88 84 54 207
LOVAZA 85 64 55 102
AZITHROMYCIN 84 63 56 54
NASONEX 84 71 56 213
MECLIZINE HCL 82 81 58 134
GLIPIZIDE 82 72 58 62
PATANOL 81 68 60 216
LANTUS 78 55 61 68
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 76 69 62 125
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 62 63 222
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 74 67 64 101
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 73 65 R 65 226
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 65 66 29
JANUVIA 72 57 66 49
TRAZODONE HCL 71 67 68 38
MIRTAZAPINE 70 61 69 14
LACTULOSE 68 58 70 37
FENOFIBRATE 62 59 71 149
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 53 71 16
PROCTOZONE-HC 60 51 73 243
GEMFIBROZIL 59 58 74 247
MELOXICAM 57 57 75 65
SPIRIVA 57 57 75 67
LANSOPRAZOLE 56 52 77 193
LEXAPRO 56 55 77 92
ATENOLOL 54 47 79 30
MEGESTROL ACETATE 53 52 R 80 261
EXELON 52 52 81 47
RAMIPRIL 50 50 82 69
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 42 R 82 175
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, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.