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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,326Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 107

$823K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 107

519 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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 519 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 519 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,911 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
SIMVASTATIN 632 595 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 525 490 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 496 487 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 458 445 4 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 403 403 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 390 387 6 5
LISINOPRIL 359 346 7 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 354 351 8 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 351 333 9 15
SERTRALINE HCL 293 284 10 12
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 266 257 11 17
DIOVAN 256 254 12 33
DONEPEZIL HCL 242 242 13 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 218 218 14 8
METFORMIN HCL 202 191 15 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 200 193 16 14
NAMENDA 185 185 17 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 179 179 18 24
CRESTOR 169 160 19 63
TRAMADOL HCL 152 152 20 23
ATENOLOL 151 151 21 21
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 122 115 S2 22 53
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 121 117 23 32
KLOR-CON M20 118 118 24 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 118 115 24 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 117 115 26 28
GABAPENTIN 110 107 27 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 110 110 27 9
ZETIA 109 109 29 126
RAMIPRIL 105 105 30 134
PREDNISONE 104 102 31 39
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 102 97 32 158
NYSTOP 99 96 33 103
MIRTAZAPINE 99 95 33 16
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 97 97 35 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 95 93 36 36
NEXIUM 93 92 37 61
ALLOPURINOL 93 93 37 48
CARVEDILOL 91 91 39 25
RANITIDINE HCL 88 85 40 41
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 88 88 S3 40 20
CLOPIDOGREL 81 81 42 29
AZITHROMYCIN 81 78 42 87
LEVOFLOXACIN 79 76 44 101
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 79 44 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 78 46 27
LOVASTATIN 78 74 46 51
VYTORIN 75 75 48 294
FAMOTIDINE 69 69 49 42
DILTIAZEM ER 68 68 50 291
LATANOPROST 66 66 51 94
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 66 66 51 129
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 62 53 31
MELOXICAM 64 62 54 135
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 63 55 40
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 62 62 56 222
LIPITOR 62 62 56 132
DIOVAN HCT 61 61 58 137
FENTANYL 61 60 S2 58 50
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 60 60 60 152
DIGOXIN 59 59 61 37
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 55 42 62 173
LANTUS 53 53 63 34
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 52 52 64 136
PLAVIX 52 52 64 43
GLIPIZIDE 51 51 66 46
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. 4, 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.