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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,335Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 117

$401K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 117

341 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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 Illinois
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 341 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,171 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 Illinois
SIMVASTATIN 350 236 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 301 279 2 5
ATENOLOL 297 281 3 20
LISINOPRIL 280 227 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 255 217 5 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 237 213 6 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 236 134 S3 7 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 194 142 8 8
FUROSEMIDE 193 127 9 3
METFORMIN HCL 191 135 10 11
OMEPRAZOLE 182 128 11 6
RANITIDINE HCL 128 89 12 58
GLIPIZIDE 106 94 13 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 92 14 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 102 102 15 10
GABAPENTIN 102 67 15 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 100 63 17 27
PROAIR HFA 99 61 18 56
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 98 80 19 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 97 51 20 9
TRAMADOL HCL 94 77 21 18
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 92 71 22 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 84 73 23 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 83 51 24 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 46 25 12
NIFEDIPINE ER 81 64 25 67
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 59 27 70
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 66 28 72
CLONIDINE HCL 71 20 29 73
LIDODERM 69 57 30 46
HYDROCORTISONE 68 31 31 138
SERTRALINE HCL 67 48 32 22
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 67 57 S3 32 76
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 65 62 34 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 60 60 35 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 44 36 29
AMOXICILLIN 53 44 37 134
CITALOPRAM HBR 53 43 37 19
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 52 39 45
MELOXICAM 51 51 40 61
COMBIVENT 51 45 40 209
NEXIUM 51 35 40 62
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. 22, 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.