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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,836Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 107

$877K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 107

672 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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 Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 672 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 672 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 13,075 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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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 Pennsylvania
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 687 662 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 597 577 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 340 317 3 3
LISINOPRIL 331 323 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 323 299 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 307 298 6 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 295 295 7 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 257 253 8 7
NAMENDA 203 196 9 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 201 201 10 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 197 197 11 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 191 191 12 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 186 186 13 28
METFORMIN HCL 182 155 14 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 180 165 15 17
SERTRALINE HCL 180 155 15 12
MIRTAZAPINE 176 165 17 16
ATENOLOL 174 174 18 21
DIOVAN 151 137 19 33
CARVEDILOL 148 148 20 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 145 142 21 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 135 134 22 15
CRESTOR 131 125 23 63
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 126 126 24 36
JANTOVEN 126 125 24 62
SPIRONOLACTONE 119 110 26 74
LANTUS 119 102 26 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 115 28 27
CLOPIDOGREL 111 103 29 29
ALLOPURINOL 110 110 30 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 107 107 31 18
NOVOLOG 107 87 31 76
TRAMADOL HCL 106 104 33 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 104 97 S3 34 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 104 99 34 84
GABAPENTIN 102 85 36 11
DIGOXIN 97 97 37 37
PREDNISONE 92 77 38 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 89 39 35
BUSPIRONE HCL 86 75 40 82
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 77 41 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 72 42 47
LAMOTRIGINE 82 82 42 86
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 71 44 56
FINASTERIDE 79 70 45 72
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 77 46 104
FAMOTIDINE 78 64 46 42
RISPERIDONE 78 75 46 26
AMIODARONE HCL 78 78 46 93
LIDODERM 78 78 46 77
SPIRIVA 77 77 51 69
PLAVIX 76 71 52 43
SYNTHROID 76 73 52 85
TRAZODONE HCL 69 66 54 22
CYMBALTA 68 66 55 52
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 68 68 55 130
PAROXETINE HCL 67 67 57 80
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 64 58 31
JANUVIA 65 65 58 71
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 63 60 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 64 60 30
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 60 62 32
NEXIUM 59 59 63 61
ABILIFY 59 41 63 66
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 56 65 91
DIOVAN HCT 58 58 65 137
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 56 56 67 67
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 54 49 68 49
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 54 68 89
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 54 53 68 173
LOVASTATIN 54 54 68 51
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 53 52 72 218
LATANOPROST 52 48 73 94
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51 51 74 58
BYSTOLIC 50 50 75 229
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 50 75 154
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 June 28, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.