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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,076Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 140

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 140

405 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
98% 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

20% of this provider’s 405 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,390 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

49% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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 548 490 1 33
NEXIUM 519 481 2 57
DIOVAN HCT 499 466 3 83
LIDODERM 462 461 4 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 444 411 5 23
SIMVASTATIN 391 343 6 1
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 364 343 7 96
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 346 319 8 22
ATENOLOL 320 296 9 12
OMEPRAZOLE 301 237 10 7
CELEBREX 293 265 11 82
FUROSEMIDE 286 273 12 8
ROPINIROLE HCL 284 258 13 139
ZETIA 274 273 14 115
METFORMIN HCL 262 203 15 10
CRESTOR 255 234 16 77
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 246 237 17 3
GABAPENTIN 238 229 18 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 232 215 19 6
MELOXICAM 232 199 19 48
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 202 171 S3 21 4
VOLTAREN 198 191 22 131
EXELON 198 198 22 70
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 190 178 24 28
CAPTOPRIL 178 158 25 132
TRAMADOL HCL 170 166 26 35
CREON 168 145 27 154
LANSOPRAZOLE 168 168 27 143
ALLOPURINOL 165 165 29 45
JANUVIA 164 149 30 66
FAMOTIDINE 162 151 31 15
RANITIDINE HCL 162 160 31 52
NATEGLINIDE 161 136 33 196
LOVAZA 159 146 34 112
ACIPHEX 156 155 35 171
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 153 128 S3 36 104
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 148 132 37 14
NASONEX 148 140 37 201
VESICARE 143 94 39 165
CARVEDILOL 142 122 40 24
IBUPROFEN 141 109 41 64
NAMENDA 139 139 42 21
DIGOXIN 136 131 43 36
MECLIZINE HCL 128 113 44 189
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 124 45 76
JANUMET 122 105 46 217
SYNTHROID 116 93 47 128
ADVAIR DISKUS 114 110 48 55
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113 110 49 27
LIPITOR 112 109 50 141
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 111 109 51 9
PLAVIX 108 108 52 49
GLIMEPIRIDE 108 81 52 95
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 107 107 54 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 106 106 55 11
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 105 105 56 90
SINGULAIR 104 61 57 122
COMBIVENT 103 62 58 116
DEXILANT 103 80 58 233
CLONIDINE HCL 95 92 60 44
PROAIR HFA 95 91 60 68
BYSTOLIC 92 86 62 244
AZITHROMYCIN 88 77 63 62
NIFEDIPINE ER 87 82 64 113
BENICAR HCT 86 74 65 251
SPIRIVA 83 70 66 88
KLOR-CON 8 76 63 67 268
SYMBICORT 76 63 67 178
ULORIC 75 75 69 269
VYTORIN 71 71 70 175
LISINOPRIL 70 66 71 5
KETOCONAZOLE 68 33 72 150
CLOPIDOGREL 66 63 73 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 65 51 74 282
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 62 75 93
TEKTURNA 62 59 75 286
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 62 57 75 159
ACTONEL 61 61 78 152
AVODART 60 60 79 133
GLYBURIDE 59 58 R 80 86
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 57 57 81 20
ZALEPLON 57 57 81 297
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 54 44 83 81
DICYCLOMINE HCL 54 54 83 309
AMITIZA 53 53 85 312
HYDROXYZINE HCL 52 39 R 86 126
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 52 40 86 80
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 52 43 86 146
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 50 89 47
WARFARIN SODIUM 51 49 89 2
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 50 50 91 321
EVISTA 50 50 91 234
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 June 23, 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.