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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,685Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 117

$425K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 46 out of 117

349 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
100%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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 Illinois
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 349 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 349 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 7,680 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 Illinois
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 550 550 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 318 318 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 281 281 3 5
LISINOPRIL 254 254 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 242 241 5 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 216 216 6 12
FUROSEMIDE 213 213 7 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 206 206 8 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 204 204 9 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 193 193 S3 10 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 172 172 11 19
MIRTAZAPINE 163 163 12 25
NAMENDA 159 159 13 14
GABAPENTIN 149 149 14 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 124 15 13
ATENOLOL 123 123 16 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 121 119 17 17
HYDRALAZINE HCL 119 119 18 54
WARFARIN SODIUM 111 111 19 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 108 108 20 27
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 98 98 21 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 95 95 22 15
EXELON 92 92 23 55
CLOPIDOGREL 85 85 24 30
TRAZODONE HCL 85 85 24 44
SPIRONOLACTONE 77 77 26 53
DIOVAN 73 73 27 31
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 68 68 28 36
PLAVIX 66 66 29 47
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 61 61 30 33
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 60 31 42
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56 56 32 32
LOVASTATIN 56 56 32 40
TRAMADOL HCL 56 56 32 18
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 50 50 35 45
BETHANECHOL CHLORIDE 50 50 35 266
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 1, 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.