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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,527Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 53

$584K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 53

237 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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 Missouri
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 237 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 10,304 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 31.


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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 Missouri
NAMENDA 613 613 1 11
FUROSEMIDE 575 562 2 3
TRAMADOL HCL 485 470 3 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 479 479 4 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 460 460 5 13
TRAZODONE HCL 440 433 6 16
LISINOPRIL 428 418 7 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 379 379 8 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 337 337 9 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 328 325 10 5
MIRTAZAPINE 281 281 11 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 271 271 12 7
FAMOTIDINE 195 184 13 46
SERTRALINE HCL 188 156 14 19
OMEPRAZOLE 161 155 15 9
SIMVASTATIN 158 148 16 4
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 143 142 17 31
CRESTOR 141 114 18 50
KLOR-CON M20 127 127 19 69
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 125 124 20 12
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 117 114 21 34
JANUVIA 111 111 22 87
EXELON 109 109 23 58
DIGOXIN 100 98 24 48
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 97 97 25 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 91 91 26 37
KLOR-CON 10 87 87 27 70
CARVEDILOL 80 75 28 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 74 74 29 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 71 71 30 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 67 67 31 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 64 32 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 63 63 33 66
METFORMIN HCL 63 53 33 18
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 62 62 35 53
NEXIUM 61 61 36 52
ALLOPURINOL 60 60 37 41
CYMBALTA 56 50 38 30
DIOVAN 56 56 38 71
TORSEMIDE 53 53 40 186
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 June 4, 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.