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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,602Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 96

$836K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 96

316 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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 Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 316 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 316 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 11,766 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $67 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 Jersey
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 769 719 1 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 393 364 2 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 369 357 3 8
LACTULOSE 340 302 4 37
RISPERIDONE 337 320 5 31
OMEPRAZOLE 330 293 6 5
TRAMADOL HCL 288 232 7 35
LEVOFLOXACIN 285 249 8 59
FUROSEMIDE 262 236 9 4
NAMENDA 238 238 10 11
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 237 174 S2 11 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 215 196 12 18
SIMVASTATIN 210 171 13 1
SANTYL 197 191 14 71
METFORMIN HCL 173 158 15 13
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 170 170 16 57
HYDRALAZINE HCL 165 138 17 79
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 159 158 18 3
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 145 142 19 93
LIDODERM 143 132 20 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 110 21 16
TRAVATAN Z 135 135 22 79
SENSIPAR 135 99 22 179
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 131 110 24 28
FENTANYL 128 93 S2 25 50
WARFARIN SODIUM 126 126 26 6
FAMOTIDINE 126 113 26 21
TORSEMIDE 126 126 26 109
GABAPENTIN 125 96 29 20
LISINOPRIL 124 103 30 10
LATANOPROST 119 104 31 77
GLIPIZIDE 114 86 32 62
CLOPIDOGREL 110 97 33 27
CARVEDILOL 104 93 34 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 102 92 35 12
SERTRALINE HCL 101 64 36 15
CLONIDINE HCL 100 55 37 74
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 99 46 38 168
ENDOCET 99 68 S2 38 94
LYRICA 98 81 40 73
PLAVIX 93 85 41 42
DIOVAN 92 92 42 17
NOVOFINE AUTOCOVER 89 88 43 141
MUPIROCIN 88 86 44 132
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 55 45 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 72 46 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 83 83 47 19
PROAIR HFA 80 55 48 72
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 76 51 S3 49 113
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 71 65 50 44
NOVOLIN R 67 65 51 189
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 66 25 S2 52 233
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 44 53 70
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 58 54 29
AZITHROMYCIN 64 61 54 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 63 56 60
BUMETANIDE 61 61 57 157
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 61 61 57 130
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 61 61 57 89
PHENYTOIN 60 51 60 243
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 59 60 24
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 60 47 60 139
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 49 63 36
BACLOFEN 56 22 64 108
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 56 55 64 256
TRAZODONE HCL 54 54 66 38
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 54 54 66 41
LANTUS 54 45 66 68
LUMIGAN 54 47 66 202
MIRTAZAPINE 52 48 70 14
EXELON 50 50 71 47
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.