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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,445Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 107

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 107

651 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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 Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 651 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 651 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,804 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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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 Pennsylvania
SIMVASTATIN 1,026 907 1 2
LISINOPRIL 790 732 2 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 743 633 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 710 627 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 605 547 5 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 578 554 6 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 505 478 7 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 426 356 8 14
OMEPRAZOLE 421 336 9 6
MIRTAZAPINE 409 379 10 16
GABAPENTIN 318 267 11 11
RANITIDINE HCL 303 258 12 41
ATENOLOL 286 242 13 21
CARVEDILOL 275 240 14 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 259 223 15 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 257 257 16 10
TRAMADOL HCL 240 170 17 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 239 209 18 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 234 232 19 36
CLOPIDOGREL 228 181 20 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 225 184 21 9
RISPERIDONE 210 193 22 26
LEVETIRACETAM 209 155 23 44
LANTUS 195 143 24 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 187 176 25 18
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 184 126 26 31
METFORMIN HCL 178 132 27 13
SERTRALINE HCL 178 144 27 12
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 175 144 29 67
DIOVAN 172 157 30 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 172 149 30 32
NIFEDIPINE ER 155 125 32 110
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 149 100 S2 33 53
COLCRYS 143 142 34 189
PLAVIX 141 126 35 43
OLANZAPINE 140 123 36 57
NOVOLOG 137 122 37 76
HYDRALAZINE HCL 132 122 38 58
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 130 85 39 122
TRAZODONE HCL 129 109 40 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 126 126 41 15
SANTYL 126 107 41 113
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 105 43 30
HUMALOG 123 93 44 79
PREDNISONE 122 114 45 39
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 122 111 S3 45 98
NAMENDA 120 120 47 19
ABILIFY 114 110 48 66
GLIPIZIDE 113 108 49 46
OXYCODONE HCL 112 63 S2 50 68
FAMOTIDINE 111 100 51 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 110 91 52 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 110 91 52 38
BUSPIRONE HCL 110 96 52 82
AZITHROMYCIN 107 93 55 87
KLOR-CON M20 103 79 56 45
FENTANYL 102 72 S2 57 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 95 58 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 97 75 59 28
CYMBALTA 97 73 59 52
DIGOXIN 93 90 61 37
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 92 83 62 152
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 92 71 62 49
CLONIDINE HCL 91 86 64 95
GLYBURIDE 88 58 R 65 95
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 75 66 24
FINASTERIDE 87 84 66 72
LOVASTATIN 86 73 68 51
LYRICA 85 56 69 139
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 83 74 70 129
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 80 80 71 118
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 78 59 S3 72 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 61 73 91
HYDROXYZINE HCL 77 44 R 73 180
ALLOPURINOL 76 76 75 48
LIDODERM 76 65 75 77
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 71 35 77 55
DILTIAZEM HCL 70 66 78 273
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 70 67 78 75
IBUPROFEN 70 49 78 90
RENVELA 68 29 81 353
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 67 59 82 104
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 65 65 83 89
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 58 83 107
PEN NEEDLE 65 59 83 160
LATANOPROST 63 63 86 94
NIFEDICAL XL 62 47 87 310
PROAIR HFA 62 55 87 208
MORPHINE SULFATE 61 18 S2 89 150
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 61 59 S2 89 304
CALCIUM ACETATE 61 44 89 204
NEXIUM 60 49 92 61
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 52 92 73
CRESTOR 57 57 94 63
VENTOLIN HFA 57 35 94 144
AMIODARONE HCL 56 41 96 93
RAMIPRIL 55 55 97 134
HUMULIN R 55 53 97 211
SENSIPAR 55 55 97 299
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 35 100 54
NYSTATIN 54 47 100 116
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 44 100 56
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 52 52 103 245
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 39 104 111
SYNTHROID 51 51 104 85
LIDOCAINE 51 35 104 241
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 34 107 121
CEPHALEXIN 50 41 107 120
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 26, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.