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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,640Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 43 out of 117

$457K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 117

431 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%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 Illinois
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 431 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,037 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
SPIRONOLACTONE 284 254 1 53
FUROSEMIDE 272 220 2 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 241 189 3 23
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 223 180 4 65
OMEPRAZOLE 194 159 5 6
LOVASTATIN 191 164 6 40
SIMVASTATIN 185 154 7 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 171 134 8 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 161 141 9 5
SINGULAIR 150 123 10 116
GABAPENTIN 150 106 10 16
LISINOPRIL 149 134 12 4
NAPROXEN 148 127 13 81
WARFARIN SODIUM 148 101 13 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 134 116 15 12
METFORMIN HCL 129 85 16 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 129 108 16 2
CARVEDILOL 128 104 18 24
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 121 72 S3 19 76
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 120 116 S3 20 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 107 75 21 17
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 105 89 22 144
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 103 82 23 33
NAMENDA 99 99 24 14
DIOVAN 97 74 25 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 93 26 10
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 77 27 51
ATENOLOL 78 51 27 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 77 51 29 15
PROAIR HFA 74 60 30 56
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 72 70 31 8
TRAMADOL HCL 70 47 32 18
RANITIDINE HCL 69 54 33 58
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 44 34 67
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 60 51 35 123
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 57 36 52
BYSTOLIC 56 40 37 94
ALLOPURINOL 54 36 38 48
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 49 39 95
GLIPIZIDE 52 41 40 37
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 May 8, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.