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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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36,735Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 232

$3.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 232

609 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 609 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 33,689 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

48% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$83 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 California
DIOVAN HCT 1,995 1,861 10 1 53
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 1,669 1,519 10 2 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,656 1,504 10 3 14
CARVEDILOL 986 893 4 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 964 905 5 2
CRESTOR 960 867 6 56
NEXIUM 947 854 7 45
GLIMEPIRIDE 811 732 8 75
FUROSEMIDE 762 723 9 7
DIOVAN 736 663 10 27
METFORMIN HCL 721 674 11 9
TRICOR 647 584 10 12 130
OMEPRAZOLE 641 570 13 4
JANUMET 639 588 14 137
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 594 578 15 3
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 593 551 10 16 131
TAMSULOSIN HCL 591 562 17 22
LIPITOR 562 525 10 18 89
CELEBREX 550 493 19 63
LIDODERM 496 454 20 48
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 462 441 21 17
CLONIDINE 444 431 10 22 162
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 438 422 23 52
CLONIDINE HCL 403 382 24 58
FENOFIBRATE 395 350 25 93
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 386 364 26 19
LANTUS 372 328 27 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 372 348 27 26
SERTRALINE HCL 361 326 29 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 358 332 30 44
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 341 327 S3 31 81
SIMVASTATIN 335 315 32 1
MELOXICAM 335 292 32 55
CLOPIDOGREL 327 275 34 34
COREG CR 295 263 10 35 190
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 293 286 36 10
SINGULAIR 288 275 37 96
BENICAR HCT 285 281 38 168
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 285 262 38 88
MECLIZINE HCL 281 271 40 165
BONIVA 278 266 10 41 177
JANUVIA 272 270 42 60
VESICARE 262 232 43 175
VOLTAREN 258 238 44 139
CYMBALTA 252 204 45 57
ACTONEL 247 234 46 141
WARFARIN SODIUM 241 241 47 8
PLAVIX 240 210 48 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 239 234 49 13
LYRICA 226 203 50 134
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223 200 10 51 256
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 216 159 S3 52 5
HYDRALAZINE HCL 209 203 53 62
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 209 208 53 160
IBUPROFEN 198 183 55 65
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 194 182 56 32
NAMENDA 190 183 57 18
LEVOFLOXACIN 173 163 58 80
AVODART 167 158 59 157
SPIRIVA 167 149 59 84
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 165 164 R 61 121
LOVAZA 159 149 62 166
TRAMADOL HCL 158 127 63 33
KETOCONAZOLE 157 138 64 188
KOMBIGLYZE XR 151 127 65 293
ZETIA 149 148 66 136
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 142 133 67 172
FAMOTIDINE 140 121 68 30
LANSOPRAZOLE 140 136 68 145
HUMALOG 135 126 70 119
ALLOPURINOL 132 120 71 39
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 131 125 72 73
ACTOS 124 122 73 100
AMIODARONE HCL 122 121 74 140
ALCOHOL SWABS 115 110 75 275
NASONEX 114 103 76 198
VIMOVO 113 102 10 77 315
PRANDIN 106 106 78 220
GABAPENTIN 104 85 79 12
FINASTERIDE 99 99 80 76
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 99 97 80 92
MICARDIS HCT 93 78 82 332
DIGOXIN 90 90 83 37
INSULIN SYRINGE 89 71 84 127
EXELON 88 88 85 95
ALCOHOL PREP PADS 84 82 86 335
DEXILANT 84 82 86 149
NOVOLOG 82 64 88 91
LACTULOSE 78 78 89 90
SPIRONOLACTONE 78 77 89 77
ACIPHEX 75 75 91 214
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 70 59 92 54
BYSTOLIC 69 65 93 175
SURE COMFORT 66 58 94 295
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 60 94 68
WELCHOL 65 37 96 312
AGGRENOX 65 59 96 233
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 64 56 98 101
TRILIPIX 63 53 99 230
SYMBICORT 62 62 100 369
BACLOFEN 61 57 101 83
NIASPAN 56 48 102 204
PREDNISONE 54 53 103 49
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 54 53 103 15
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 53 48 105 144
AZITHROMYCIN 51 46 106 51
METHIMAZOLE 50 50 107 411
VYTORIN 50 50 107 261
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.