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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,537Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 98

$1.3M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 98

424 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 424 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 424 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 18,010 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 34.


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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 Massachusetts
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 874 849 1 5
FUROSEMIDE 692 655 2 4
MIRTAZAPINE 655 626 3 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 630 618 4 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 599 576 5 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 565 550 6 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 501 429 7 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 500 489 8 7
SIMVASTATIN 493 454 9 2
TRAZODONE HCL 475 424 10 9
LISINOPRIL 465 445 11 3
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 452 431 12 23
NAMENDA 433 422 13 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 371 361 14 21
GABAPENTIN 359 297 15 13
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 310 274 16 22
RISPERIDONE 296 278 17 27
SERTRALINE HCL 266 224 18 19
METFORMIN HCL 262 262 19 15
TRAMADOL HCL 234 199 20 26
ABILIFY 218 211 21 66
LANTUS 197 190 22 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 187 166 S3 23 39
SEROQUEL 186 171 24 52
OMEPRAZOLE 182 178 25 6
LEVOFLOXACIN 168 165 26 63
LEVETIRACETAM 168 101 26 38
GLIPIZIDE 164 163 28 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 161 151 29 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 147 30 25
CYMBALTA 141 133 31 47
DIGOXIN 140 140 32 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 139 139 33 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 133 118 34 20
OLANZAPINE 133 112 34 24
FAMOTIDINE 127 112 36 80
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 127 127 36 60
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 125 125 38 83
BACLOFEN 119 85 39 59
NYSTATIN 118 110 40 56
LIDODERM 117 117 41 29
ATENOLOL 112 100 42 14
CLOZAPINE 106 106 43 55
NYSTOP 104 103 44 64
CEFUROXIME 104 103 44 232
DIOVAN 94 94 46 57
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 92 82 47 33
CARVEDILOL 92 85 47 72
SPIRIVA 90 79 49 46
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 83 70 50 106
LACTULOSE 82 69 51 62
NITROFURANTOIN 81 73 52 173
CLOPIDOGREL 80 73 53 50
MIDODRINE HCL 80 56 53 252
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 70 55 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 70 55 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 61 55 30
ZETIA 78 74 58 144
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 78 72 58 45
HYDRALAZINE HCL 76 69 60 75
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 75 61 17
TIZANIDINE HCL 73 50 62 212
ROPINIROLE HCL 73 73 62 91
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 71 71 64 95
HUMALOG 70 58 65 96
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 69 69 66 44
RENVELA 66 37 67 266
FORTICAL 63 63 68 268
SEROQUEL XR 62 46 69 183
PLAVIX 62 49 69 76
AGGRENOX 61 61 71 103
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 61 54 71 168
TIMOLOL MALEATE 60 57 73 118
PREDNISONE 60 56 73 31
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 56 73 114
METHOTREXATE 59 59 76 273
FENTANYL 59 54 S2 76 129
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 59 58 76 206
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 49 79 71
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 58 56 79 86
CEFTRIAXONE 56 54 81 226
CALCITONIN-SALMON 54 52 82 289
LIDOCAINE HCL 54 52 82 224
EXELON 53 53 84 77
ALLOPURINOL 53 53 84 43
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 52 45 86 84
RANITIDINE HCL 52 52 86 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 52 37 86 42
NOVOLOG 51 51 89 54
FLUCONAZOLE 50 48 90 299
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 April 5, 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.