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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,452Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 244

$914K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 244

375 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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
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this specialty
in New York
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 375 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 375 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 12,653 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 27%.

Prescription Price

$68 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 New York
OMEPRAZOLE 650 613 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 525 480 2 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 503 495 3 9
NAMENDA 445 428 4 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 423 378 5 15
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 394 329 6 55
FUROSEMIDE 376 366 7 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 375 346 8 8
SIMVASTATIN 372 366 9 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 370 354 10 5
LISINOPRIL 321 297 11 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 309 305 12 2
SERTRALINE HCL 289 278 13 22
LANTUS 221 174 14 30
TAMIFLU 208 199 15 99
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 205 194 16 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 155 142 17 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 153 153 18 20
TRAZODONE HCL 153 148 18 35
GABAPENTIN 151 132 20 14
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 147 147 21 86
MIRTAZAPINE 144 132 22 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 141 141 23 40
CYMBALTA 123 123 24 56
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 122 122 25 21
RISPERIDONE 119 119 26 36
SPIRIVA 118 118 27 66
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 117 99 28 17
NOVOLOG 116 89 29 75
PREDNISONE 111 111 30 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 107 107 31 61
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 105 92 32 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 101 33 12
EXELON 98 98 34 121
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 94 88 35 59
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 91 88 36 33
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 89 70 37 60
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 88 87 38 125
SEROQUEL 83 83 39 92
DIGOXIN 82 82 40 45
CEPHALEXIN 82 81 40 107
APIDRA 81 81 10 42 313
FINASTERIDE 80 80 43 52
NOVOLIN R 80 69 43 145
SPIRONOLACTONE 75 62 45 78
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 75 75 45 136
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 70 70 47 54
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 69 69 48 41
ALLOPURINOL 65 65 49 57
AZITHROMYCIN 63 60 50 70
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 62 62 51 173
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 61 52 16
BACLOFEN 61 48 52 104
PAROXETINE HCL 59 59 54 95
GLIPIZIDE 57 57 55 42
KLOR-CON M10 56 56 56 164
CARVEDILOL 56 56 56 23
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 55 S3 58 46
DIOVAN 54 54 59 37
KLOR-CON M20 51 51 60 98
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 42 61 68
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 Sept. 19, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.