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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,438Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 25

$214K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 25

457 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 457 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 3,037 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 27.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 188 148 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 165 128 2 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 107 3 17
METFORMIN HCL 147 106 4 10
SIMVASTATIN 132 92 5 1
LISINOPRIL 129 114 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 122 106 7 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 112 52 S3 8 6
IBUPROFEN 100 62 9 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 97 80 10 15
GABAPENTIN 95 65 11 12
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 93 58 12 30
CLONIDINE HCL 86 55 13 67
TRAMADOL HCL 83 54 14 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 80 66 15 14
OMEPRAZOLE 77 52 16 5
PROAIR HFA 75 26 17 52
GLIPIZIDE 65 37 18 48
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 60 44 19 2
DIOVAN 54 50 20 45
WARFARIN SODIUM 52 40 21 8
NIFEDIPINE ER 50 46 22 75
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 Oct. 1, 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.