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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,989Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 244

$781K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 244

492 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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 York
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 492 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 492 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 13,896 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 27%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 York
FUROSEMIDE 951 857 1 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 844 775 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 639 565 3 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 590 579 4 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 535 477 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 504 428 6 6
LANTUS 398 296 7 30
LISINOPRIL 393 350 8 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 387 324 9 15
PREDNISONE 362 351 10 43
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 318 260 11 59
SERTRALINE HCL 266 224 12 22
BUSPIRONE HCL 250 228 13 150
CYMBALTA 246 183 14 56
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 242 217 15 148
MIRTAZAPINE 226 215 16 13
GABAPENTIN 211 156 17 14
TRAZODONE HCL 199 155 18 35
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 190 171 19 55
TAMIFLU 181 167 20 99
JANTOVEN 178 163 21 51
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 172 148 22 86
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 169 122 S3 23 46
TRAMADOL HCL 165 161 24 53
ATENOLOL 159 121 25 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 159 150 25 2
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 146 121 27 33
GLIPIZIDE 145 128 28 42
DEXAMETHASONE 138 132 29 272
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 134 101 30 44
NYSTOP 134 113 30 90
SPIRONOLACTONE 128 114 32 78
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 121 104 33 25
KLOR-CON M20 120 111 34 98
ALLOPURINOL 117 117 35 57
RISPERIDONE 116 79 36 36
CLOPIDOGREL 114 99 37 29
HUMALOG 105 71 38 193
BACLOFEN 102 53 39 104
NOVOLOG 99 81 40 75
CLONIDINE HCL 93 69 41 87
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 92 92 42 21
PLAVIX 89 76 43 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 84 70 44 11
TRAVATAN Z 83 81 45 116
KLOR-CON M10 83 76 45 164
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 80 75 47 125
CARVEDILOL 79 58 48 23
NAMENDA 77 68 49 19
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 77 74 49 115
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 73 51 12
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 73 55 52 31
RANITIDINE HCL 72 47 53 34
DIOVAN 70 70 54 37
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 69 69 55 41
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 68 47 56 124
LEVETIRACETAM 68 68 56 39
NITROFURANTOIN 67 55 58 290
HALOPERIDOL 67 23 58 105
AMIODARONE HCL 66 66 60 288
SPIRIVA 66 66 60 66
NOVOLIN R 61 52 62 145
TAMSULOSIN HCL 57 43 63 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 57 57 63 16
NYSTATIN 54 41 65 83
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 52 65 40
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 54 54 65 54
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 51 68 216
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 50 24 R 69 119
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 50 69 60
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 Oct. 26, 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.