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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,574Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 15

$991K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 15

410 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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 Maine
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 410 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 410 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,523 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

40 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 26.


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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 Maine
FUROSEMIDE 651 562 1 2
LISINOPRIL 619 515 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 598 505 3 7
SERTRALINE HCL 590 566 4 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 524 473 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 460 422 6 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 458 397 7 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 438 365 8 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 397 396 9 9
TRAMADOL HCL 366 335 10 10
OMEPRAZOLE 323 298 11 8
ADVAIR DISKUS 293 266 12 24
NAMENDA 283 283 13 17
SPIRIVA 267 239 14 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 244 209 15 19
LANTUS 242 211 16 21
GABAPENTIN 222 196 17 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 207 198 18 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 206 170 19 11
OXYCODONE HCL 205 191 S2 20 25
RISPERIDONE 203 191 21 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 195 171 22 13
NYSTATIN 186 153 23 41
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 177 151 S3 24 27
MIRTAZAPINE 169 168 25 12
HUMULIN R 166 129 26 59
TRAZODONE HCL 165 149 27 16
LIDODERM 164 144 28 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 162 160 29 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 159 145 30 26
NOVOLIN R 154 142 31 63
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 145 126 32 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 145 127 32 48
CYMBALTA 118 103 34 28
GLIPIZIDE 114 102 35 44
LEVEMIR 106 80 36 58
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 102 91 S2 37 76
PREDNISONE 99 79 38 35
INSULIN SYRINGE 99 98 38 78
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 97 89 40 31
METFORMIN HCL 97 74 40 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 84 42 29
ATENOLOL 95 84 43 33
PAROXETINE HCL 90 79 44 46
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 90 53 44 79
CARVEDILOL 87 72 46 60
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 86 47 80
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 82 82 48 56
FENTANYL 81 80 S2 49 52
CLOPIDOGREL 78 69 50 64
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 73 51 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 73 52 52 46
DIOVAN 70 70 53 87
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 69 45 54 34
FAMOTIDINE 69 63 54 71
ALLOPURINOL 69 65 54 49
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 65 65 57 43
DIGOXIN 64 52 58 45
LEVETIRACETAM 63 55 59 61
RAMIPRIL 61 55 60 50
LIDOCAINE HCL 60 59 61 93
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 60 58 61 93
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 60 50 61 93
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 46 64 37
METOLAZONE 57 43 65 99
HUMALOG 54 23 66 105
FINASTERIDE 54 54 66 64
BUMETANIDE 53 53 68 74
ONDANSETRON HCL 52 44 69 106
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 51 31 70 108
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 32 71 110
COMBIVENT 50 43 71 110
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 5, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.