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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,516Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 29

$491K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 29

460 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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 Arkansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,142 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Arkansas
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 529 519 1 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 333 318 2 11
LISINOPRIL 299 281 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 289 282 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 281 273 5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 255 251 S3 6 7
GABAPENTIN 255 244 6 10
FUROSEMIDE 226 224 8 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 199 180 9 18
TRAMADOL HCL 194 188 10 24
OMEPRAZOLE 193 183 11 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 181 180 12 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 168 13 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 157 153 14 28
ATENOLOL 155 149 15 23
TRAZODONE HCL 141 141 16 22
NAMENDA 133 133 17 12
METFORMIN HCL 125 109 18 19
GLIPIZIDE 125 125 18 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 121 117 20 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 121 119 20 15
CARVEDILOL 117 113 22 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 110 110 23 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 98 83 24 14
SERTRALINE HCL 98 98 24 17
DIOVAN 83 83 26 35
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 82 82 27 72
AZITHROMYCIN 75 74 28 62
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 64 29 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 63 63 30 16
BACLOFEN 63 61 30 80
MELOXICAM 61 58 32 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 60 60 33 26
MIRTAZAPINE 57 46 34 13
SOTALOL 57 57 34 157
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 56 55 36 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 56 36 68
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 53 38 70
SPIRONOLACTONE 53 51 38 54
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 52 51 40 75
PLAVIX 50 49 41 51
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 Sept. 20, 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.