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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,535Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 103

$532K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 103

402 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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 Michigan
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 402 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 402 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,658 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 22%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Michigan
WARFARIN SODIUM 534 467 1 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 488 455 2 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 435 390 3 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 429 388 4 10
FUROSEMIDE 397 343 5 6
LISINOPRIL 369 322 6 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 364 336 S3 7 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 329 309 8 5
SIMVASTATIN 321 297 9 1
LANTUS 299 242 10 29
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 243 220 11 32
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 204 175 12 45
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 200 185 13 95
BUMETANIDE 199 188 14 54
FAMOTIDINE 180 148 15 42
GABAPENTIN 169 154 16 13
OMEPRAZOLE 160 153 17 7
GLIPIZIDE 156 142 18 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 155 149 19 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 152 134 20 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 148 146 21 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 132 112 22 30
METFORMIN HCL 125 101 23 14
DIOVAN 119 119 24 72
HYDRALAZINE HCL 117 95 25 34
FINASTERIDE 114 93 26 98
ATENOLOL 108 107 27 19
LEVETIRACETAM 107 91 28 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 104 103 29 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 101 79 30 17
FENTANYL 99 63 S2 31 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 93 86 32 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 93 81 32 26
CLONIDINE HCL 92 81 34 62
MIRTAZAPINE 92 88 34 24
NOVOLOG 91 81 36 68
SERTRALINE HCL 91 58 36 18
JANUVIA 89 85 38 110
NAMENDA 89 75 38 16
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 89 66 38 60
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 88 69 41 37
CEPHALEXIN 88 77 41 77
ROPINIROLE HCL 85 50 43 91
CARVEDILOL 82 62 44 22
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 77 45 43
TRAZODONE HCL 81 65 45 39
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 79 69 47 46
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 78 45 48 108
KLOR-CON M20 74 62 49 73
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 74 61 49 195
VALPROIC ACID 74 43 49 137
BACLOFEN 68 21 52 69
VOLTAREN 67 65 53 144
AZITHROMYCIN 65 57 54 61
RISPERIDONE 64 64 55 41
PREDNISONE 63 61 56 38
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 63 58 56 192
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 55 58 59
DIGOXIN 60 59 58 49
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 55 55 60 207
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 55 53 60 67
PAROXETINE HCL 53 47 62 74
KETOCONAZOLE 51 35 63 199
DILTIAZEM ER 50 39 64 265
JANTOVEN 50 50 64 96
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 37 64 122
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50 39 64 107
LIDOCAINE HCL 50 47 64 185
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 Aug. 12, 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.