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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,325Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 151

$724K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 151

375 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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 Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 375 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 375 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,164 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$59 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 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 Florida
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 575 575 1 2
NAMENDA 451 451 2 20
SIMVASTATIN 385 384 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 384 379 4 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 305 305 5 15
FUROSEMIDE 300 286 6 6
OMEPRAZOLE 289 286 7 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 233 210 8 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 227 227 9 9
LISINOPRIL 225 208 10 5
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 211 211 11 40
LEVOFLOXACIN 192 187 12 80
ATENOLOL 188 188 13 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 165 164 14 18
MIRTAZAPINE 135 135 15 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 131 131 16 17
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 124 124 17 102
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 124 124 17 16
CLOPIDOGREL 122 122 19 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 120 120 20 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 119 119 21 53
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 117 117 22 68
EXELON 115 115 23 63
MEGESTROL ACETATE 115 115 R 23 148
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 112 25 34
SERTRALINE HCL 109 109 26 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 108 27 30
TRAMADOL HCL 105 105 28 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 103 29 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 102 99 30 26
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 100 100 31 132
PREDNISONE 100 92 31 45
FAMOTIDINE 97 97 33 64
DIGOXIN 94 94 34 39
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 94 94 34 55
METFORMIN HCL 93 89 36 8
GABAPENTIN 93 93 36 14
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 92 91 38 91
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 92 92 38 35
BYSTOLIC 89 89 40 118
LEXAPRO 87 80 41 105
FENTANYL 87 87 S2 41 110
PLAVIX 85 85 43 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 85 85 43 21
LIDODERM 85 85 43 65
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 83 46 12
KLOR-CON M10 82 82 47 180
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 81 48 46
PRADAXA 81 81 48 203
RISPERIDONE 78 78 50 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 77 51 51
MIDODRINE HCL 77 77 51 255
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 75 75 53 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 72 54 72
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 69 69 55 128
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 68 68 56 82
KLOR-CON M20 66 66 57 106
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 64 64 S3 58 10
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 62 62 59 165
TEKTURNA 60 60 60 327
KLOR-CON 10 57 57 61 95
LOVASTATIN 57 57 61 31
NITROFURANTOIN 56 56 63 332
NYSTOP 56 56 63 163
ALLOPURINOL 56 56 63 42
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 54 66 98
RANITIDINE HCL 52 52 67 32
TORSEMIDE 50 50 68 249
CRESTOR 50 50 68 27
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 Sept. 19, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.