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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,770Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 54

$319K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 54

362 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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
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this specialty
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 362 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 362 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,748 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 Washington
SIMVASTATIN 297 297 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 297 296 1 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 237 237 3 9
LISINOPRIL 237 237 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 223 223 5 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 218 217 6 6
MIRTAZAPINE 169 169 7 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 159 158 8 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 158 158 9 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 144 144 10 15
NAMENDA 135 135 11 22
GABAPENTIN 116 114 12 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 115 115 13 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 113 113 14 12
TRAZODONE HCL 112 112 15 24
SERTRALINE HCL 107 107 16 21
LOVASTATIN 105 105 17 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 103 18 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 92 92 19 16
METFORMIN HCL 87 87 20 11
ATENOLOL 85 85 21 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 84 84 S3 22 8
FUROSEMIDE 77 77 23 5
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 76 24 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 75 25 20
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 74 74 26 30
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 74 74 26 87
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 63 28 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 61 61 29 19
FINASTERIDE 58 58 30 73
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 54 31 32
RISPERIDONE 53 53 32 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 52 33 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 50 50 34 27
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 Jan. 16, 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.