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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,337Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 16

$595K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 16

613 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

6% of this provider’s 613 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 613 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 21%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,910 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 37.


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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 643 627 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 485 476 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 469 467 3 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 465 443 S3 4 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 426 418 5 6
SERTRALINE HCL 388 378 6 21
OMEPRAZOLE 384 379 7 8
LISINOPRIL 368 366 8 4
GABAPENTIN 320 320 9 12
SIMVASTATIN 305 304 10 5
TRAMADOL HCL 284 278 11 19
CARVEDILOL 280 276 12 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 241 241 13 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 234 218 14 9
TRAZODONE HCL 197 178 15 20
NAMENDA 197 186 15 14
METFORMIN HCL 192 190 17 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 190 181 18 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 189 189 19 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 184 184 20 16
ATENOLOL 184 177 20 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 152 151 22 44
CYMBALTA 141 141 23 37
CLOPIDOGREL 139 137 24 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 135 127 25 34
ROPINIROLE HCL 135 124 25 53
NEXIUM 127 117 27 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 126 126 28 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 114 114 29 32
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 114 112 29 31
MIRTAZAPINE 112 112 31 13
ALLOPURINOL 110 105 32 50
RANITIDINE HCL 98 85 33 17
GLIMEPIRIDE 93 91 34 51
PLAVIX 93 93 34 46
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 93 93 34 38
BUSPIRONE HCL 93 93 34 55
PROAIR HFA 85 83 38 86
LOVASTATIN 80 80 39 40
FAMOTIDINE 80 80 39 54
CLONIDINE HCL 79 79 41 41
PROMETHAZINE HCL 77 77 R 42 101
TAMSULOSIN HCL 76 76 43 29
DIOVAN 74 72 44 60
SODIUM CHLORIDE 70 70 45 188
LYRICA 68 68 46 110
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 68 53 46 27
DIGOXIN 66 66 48 48
MEGESTROL ACETATE 66 64 R 48 122
MELOXICAM 66 66 48 52
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 64 64 51 100
FLUOXETINE HCL 64 60 51 63
PAROXETINE HCL 62 62 53 75
AMOXICILLIN 61 58 54 201
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 61 61 54 22
LEVETIRACETAM 60 51 56 67
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 60 56 84
LEXAPRO 60 60 56 72
CRESTOR 59 59 59 89
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 59 50 59 103
PREDNISONE 57 57 61 42
LANTUS 57 37 61 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 54 63 33
FENTANYL 53 53 S2 64 30
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 51 64 113
DILTIAZEM ER 52 49 66 147
NOVOLOG 51 51 67 65
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 50 48 68 119
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 Aug. 31, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.