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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,088Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 96

$458K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 96

512 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
5% 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

4% of this provider’s 512 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,019 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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
SIMVASTATIN 366 365 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 332 332 2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 278 271 3 12
OMEPRAZOLE 266 266 4 5
NAMENDA 220 220 5 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 208 208 6 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 195 195 7 8
TRAZODONE HCL 180 180 8 38
FUROSEMIDE 180 180 8 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 158 10 16
LISINOPRIL 156 156 11 10
SERTRALINE HCL 137 137 12 15
DIOVAN 130 128 13 17
ATENOLOL 121 114 14 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 118 108 15 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 112 16 9
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 112 16 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 109 109 18 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 105 105 19 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 99 99 20 6
BUPROPION HCL 71 71 21 229
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 69 69 22 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 64 23 46
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 63 63 24 36
METFORMIN HCL 63 63 24 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 60 26 44
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 61 61 27 28
DIGOXIN 60 60 28 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 60 28 29
MIRTAZAPINE 58 58 30 14
GABAPENTIN 58 58 30 20
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 55 55 32 192
LEVETIRACETAM 55 55 32 61
NEXIUM 55 55 32 40
LIPITOR 53 52 35 63
RANITIDINE HCL 52 52 36 75
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 52 36 81
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 28, 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.