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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,741Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 107

$581K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 107

442 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 Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 442 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 442 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,560 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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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 Pennsylvania
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 690 593 S3 1 20
OMEPRAZOLE 438 390 2 6
MIRTAZAPINE 368 347 3 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 363 324 4 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 349 340 5 7
LISINOPRIL 316 292 6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 285 259 7 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 284 265 8 9
TRAZODONE HCL 273 254 9 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 264 231 10 8
FUROSEMIDE 255 248 11 3
RISPERIDONE 240 181 12 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 196 183 13 10
SIMVASTATIN 181 169 14 2
NAMENDA 178 168 15 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 168 164 16 31
SEROQUEL 161 153 17 87
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 147 18 14
SERTRALINE HCL 127 124 19 12
HALOPERIDOL 126 111 20 123
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 118 104 21 111
CYMBALTA 118 103 21 52
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 117 117 S3 23 98
TAMSULOSIN HCL 112 100 24 27
FAMOTIDINE 108 88 25 42
DIOVAN 104 104 26 33
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 97 90 27 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 96 86 28 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 92 79 29 15
HUMALOG 91 76 30 79
EXELON 89 80 31 111
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 85 70 32 67
SENNA PLUS 84 84 33 65
BACLOFEN 80 40 34 64
CARVEDILOL 80 80 34 25
KLOR-CON M20 80 74 34 45
LEXAPRO 79 72 37 163
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 78 70 38 55
SYNTHROID 74 67 39 85
OLANZAPINE 73 43 40 57
BUSPIRONE HCL 71 71 41 82
METFORMIN HCL 68 68 42 13
LANTUS 64 63 43 34
LEVETIRACETAM 64 53 43 44
PREDNISONE 62 62 45 39
DIGOXIN 62 62 45 37
GLIPIZIDE 62 58 45 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 61 52 48 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 61 48 56
CLOZAPINE 59 53 50 165
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 58 50 51 49
RANITIDINE HCL 57 57 52 41
ATENOLOL 57 55 52 21
ABILIFY 56 48 54 66
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 56 41 54 104
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 56 55 54 17
NOVOLOG 54 43 57 76
IBUPROFEN 54 33 57 90
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 54 43 57 158
GABAPENTIN 53 39 60 11
GLYBURIDE 53 53 R 60 95
CLOPIDOGREL 50 50 62 29
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.