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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,309Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 244

$511K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 54 out of 244

341 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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
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this specialty
in New York
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 341 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 341 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 10,070 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 27%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 New York
OMEPRAZOLE 446 446 1 6
JANTOVEN 444 378 2 51
FUROSEMIDE 393 393 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 337 337 4 4
LISINOPRIL 284 284 5 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 278 258 6 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 220 208 7 5
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 215 215 8 33
MIRTAZAPINE 211 211 9 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 196 196 10 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 184 172 11 2
RANITIDINE HCL 179 179 12 34
GABAPENTIN 173 169 13 14
SSD 155 154 14 158
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 153 146 S3 15 46
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 152 152 16 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 132 132 17 47
METFORMIN HCL 120 119 18 10
NYSTOP 119 118 19 90
RISPERIDONE 117 117 20 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 110 110 21 11
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 107 107 22 41
CARVEDILOL 106 106 23 23
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 103 103 24 163
CYMBALTA 98 81 25 56
NAMENDA 95 95 26 19
DIGOXIN 95 95 26 45
ATENOLOL 92 92 28 18
LEVETIRACETAM 85 85 29 39
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 83 82 30 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 83 83 30 15
SILVER SULFADIAZINE 83 83 30 135
TRAZODONE HCL 82 82 33 35
SERTRALINE HCL 77 77 34 22
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 77 64 34 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77 76 34 61
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 76 75 37 124
LOVASTATIN 73 62 38 62
CLOPIDOGREL 73 73 38 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 68 68 40 20
SIMVASTATIN 67 67 41 1
FAMOTIDINE 65 65 42 49
ALLOPURINOL 63 62 43 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 59 44 44
BACLOFEN 56 44 45 104
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 55 46 78
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 52 52 47 54
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 52 52 47 172
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 52 47 68
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 51 51 50 55
CEPHALEXIN 51 50 50 107
PREDNISONE 51 51 50 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 50 50 53 17
CRESTOR 50 50 53 26
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 Dec. 31, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.