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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,634Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 11

$533K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 11

406 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 406 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 406 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 13,288 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 Kansas
WARFARIN SODIUM 674 634 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 674 674 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 588 575 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 482 457 S3 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 460 451 5 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 419 405 6 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 393 392 7 8
LISINOPRIL 353 349 8 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 305 305 9 11
NAMENDA 271 271 10 13
SIMVASTATIN 262 260 11 6
MIRTAZAPINE 261 258 12 17
GABAPENTIN 234 232 13 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 214 214 14 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 208 208 15 14
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 205 205 16 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 184 172 17 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 158 147 18 18
ATENOLOL 154 147 19 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 154 154 19 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 138 138 21 41
BUSPIRONE HCL 138 138 21 57
SPIRONOLACTONE 132 132 23 34
CARVEDILOL 130 130 24 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 114 25 21
METFORMIN HCL 123 104 26 16
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 116 115 27 125
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 115 115 28 43
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 112 112 29 46
FAMOTIDINE 109 109 30 72
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 108 108 31 35
PREDNISONE 105 100 32 36
FENTANYL 99 98 S2 33 52
CLOPIDOGREL 89 89 34 40
DIGOXIN 89 89 34 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 86 83 36 55
METOLAZONE 79 79 37 115
TRAZODONE HCL 77 76 38 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75 73 39 51
PLAVIX 73 73 40 62
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 72 64 41 39
TAMIFLU 70 69 42 155
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 68 65 43 58
PRENATAL PLUS 66 66 44 104
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 58 45 71
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 60 51 46 165
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 59 59 47 167
LEVOFLOXACIN 59 58 47 84
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 59 47 23
TORSEMIDE 58 58 50 171
COLESTIPOL HCL 58 53 50 171
VOLTAREN 58 58 50 112
TRAMADOL HCL 57 56 53 31
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 56 54 66
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 56 56 54 72
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 56 56 54 132
DIOVAN 54 54 57 101
NEXIUM 53 46 58 80
LEXAPRO 53 53 58 134
RANITIDINE HCL 52 52 60 29
RISPERIDONE 51 51 61 24
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 50 47 62 75
VESICARE 50 50 62 184
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 50 50 62 45
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 Jan. 16, 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.