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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,213Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 63

$746K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 63

261 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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 Maryland
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 261 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 13,505 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

58 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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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 Maryland
FUROSEMIDE 562 530 1 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 522 460 2 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 468 434 3 3
MIRTAZAPINE 462 442 4 8
LISINOPRIL 442 413 5 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 377 346 6 7
RANITIDINE HCL 333 326 7 27
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 330 303 8 1
SIMVASTATIN 325 284 9 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 296 284 10 14
TRAMADOL HCL 283 252 11 12
GABAPENTIN 281 227 12 21
HYDRALAZINE HCL 259 246 13 58
METFORMIN HCL 232 195 14 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 222 221 15 34
LANTUS 220 217 16 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 217 203 17 11
CLONIDINE HCL 189 165 18 49
CLOPIDOGREL 180 180 19 37
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 179 154 20 35
BACLOFEN 176 67 21 70
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 176 169 21 30
HUMALOG 172 169 23 87
TRAZODONE HCL 170 148 24 18
LACTULOSE 168 123 25 47
OXYCODONE HCL 154 104 S2 26 61
LEVETIRACETAM 153 115 27 45
KLOR-CON M20 152 132 28 31
LEVOFLOXACIN 137 123 29 57
RISPERIDONE 136 136 30 33
NAMENDA 136 136 30 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 136 131 30 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 134 129 33 10
SERTRALINE HCL 130 113 34 19
NOVOLOG 127 121 35 52
CARVEDILOL 127 126 35 39
CYMBALTA 126 113 37 43
OMEPRAZOLE 119 84 38 6
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 113 103 39 62
PREDNISONE 112 111 40 54
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 73 40 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 111 108 42 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 104 43 15
GLIPIZIDE 103 96 44 53
PLAVIX 99 99 45 51
BUSPIRONE HCL 93 89 46 63
SANTYL 92 66 47 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 91 84 48 20
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 89 79 49 116
LYRICA 89 81 49 81
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 85 58 51 66
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 84 84 52 44
SEROQUEL 83 83 53 69
ATENOLOL 82 82 54 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 78 43 55 40
DIGOXIN 77 77 56 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 75 75 57 26
NYSTATIN 74 61 58 90
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 49 59 38
SODIUM CHLORIDE 72 64 59 104
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 69 61 84
DILTIAZEM HCL 69 66 61 95
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 67 48 63 79
ALLOPURINOL 65 64 64 55
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 61 43 65 85
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 57 48 66 147
VANCOMYCIN HCL 56 56 67 148
NYSTOP 50 46 68 165
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 30, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.