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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,788Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 98

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 98

354 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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 Massachusetts
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 354 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 354 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,674 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

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 34.


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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 Massachusetts
SIMVASTATIN 802 552 1 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 553 412 2 1
TRAZODONE HCL 452 293 3 9
OMEPRAZOLE 371 265 4 6
GABAPENTIN 360 222 5 13
FUROSEMIDE 345 310 6 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 342 287 7 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 326 205 8 10
LISINOPRIL 300 213 9 3
OLANZAPINE 300 151 9 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 273 222 11 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 269 206 12 20
METFORMIN HCL 260 181 13 15
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 232 98 14 23
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 229 93 15 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 228 168 16 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 217 188 17 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 212 184 18 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 200 127 19 30
BACLOFEN 193 36 20 59
LACTULOSE 180 122 21 62
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 178 110 S3 22 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 176 152 23 12
MIRTAZAPINE 176 91 23 11
RANITIDINE HCL 175 104 25 35
CLOZAPINE 167 76 26 55
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 158 91 27 101
LEVETIRACETAM 156 47 28 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 152 108 29 34
LANTUS 144 64 30 28
ATENOLOL 132 115 31 14
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 131 33 32 33
ADVAIR DISKUS 125 77 33 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 117 101 34 21
NYSTATIN 115 109 35 56
PREDNISONE 113 104 36 31
RISPERIDONE 109 60 37 27
FLUOXETINE HCL 103 35 38 48
ALLOPURINOL 102 91 39 43
CYMBALTA 99 52 40 47
PAROXETINE HCL 98 48 41 73
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 40 41 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 97 33 43 53
NOVOLOG 93 39 44 54
DIGOXIN 93 78 44 40
LAMOTRIGINE 92 16 46 87
NAMENDA 92 79 46 18
CARBAMAZEPINE 88 12 48 159
SERTRALINE HCL 87 30 49 19
OXYCODONE HCL 86 51 S2 50 61
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 81 20 51 84
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 80 72 52 41
JANUVIA 80 63 52 120
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 79 69 54 36
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 74 11 R 55 89
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 74 57 55 65
LATANOPROST 72 58 57 67
DOXEPIN HCL 70 22 58 207
SEROQUEL 67 36 59 52
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 57 60 218
RISPERDAL CONSTA 63 42 61 186
PROPRANOLOL HCL 61 43 62 105
TIZANIDINE HCL 58 0 63 212
KETOCONAZOLE 58 35 63 217
LIDODERM 57 55 65 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 30 65 42
RESTASIS 56 0 67 282
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 55 55 68 44
BUPROPION HCL SR 55 0 68 100
IBUPROFEN 54 24 70 74
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 54 70 91
HALOPERIDOL 53 18 72 112
PROAIR HFA 53 38 72 58
FINASTERIDE 53 20 72 49
SEROQUEL XR 51 0 75 183
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 March 27, 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.