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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,412Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 107

$902K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 107

529 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

7% of this provider’s 529 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 529 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,080 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
FUROSEMIDE 613 555 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 603 444 2 6
LISINOPRIL 577 489 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 576 448 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 437 397 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 380 363 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 354 342 7 7
DIOVAN 320 307 8 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 304 302 9 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 285 226 10 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 282 281 11 18
METFORMIN HCL 279 225 12 13
CARVEDILOL 278 260 13 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 261 225 14 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 257 220 15 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 256 214 16 32
GABAPENTIN 219 198 17 11
ATENOLOL 212 194 18 21
DIGOXIN 206 193 19 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 205 205 20 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 195 173 21 84
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 178 171 S3 22 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 170 159 23 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 170 162 23 27
TRAMADOL HCL 162 130 25 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 161 154 26 30
CLOPIDOGREL 149 138 27 29
NEXIUM 145 131 28 61
JANUVIA 145 124 28 71
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 143 104 30 28
NAMENDA 143 143 30 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 135 122 32 15
BUSPIRONE HCL 126 114 33 82
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 99 34 36
ZETIA 122 115 35 126
PLAVIX 117 113 36 43
SERTRALINE HCL 114 88 37 12
DIOVAN HCT 103 94 38 137
ALLOPURINOL 103 102 38 48
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 102 94 40 89
FAMOTIDINE 98 98 41 42
BENICAR 97 97 42 183
QUINAPRIL HCL 97 87 42 192
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 90 78 R 44 224
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 66 45 91
FENTANYL 88 69 S2 46 50
TRICOR 87 40 47 148
LOVAZA 85 62 48 138
RANITIDINE HCL 83 41 49 41
MELOXICAM 82 69 50 135
VESICARE 81 60 51 140
LIPITOR 79 70 52 132
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 66 53 40
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 73 73 54 56
CRESTOR 72 61 55 63
SPIRIVA 71 61 56 69
AZITHROMYCIN 69 52 57 87
SINGULAIR 67 25 58 127
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 65 40 59 75
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 55 60 73
RAMIPRIL 64 64 60 134
CELEBREX 63 63 62 82
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 55 63 35
LANTUS 61 46 64 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 60 65 130
FINASTERIDE 59 49 66 72
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 25 67 102
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58 25 67 239
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 31 69 47
PREDNISONE 55 52 69 39
NIASPAN 51 44 71 314
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 39 71 104
GLIPIZIDE XL 51 49 71 194
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 Dec. 11, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.