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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,949Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 69 out of 117

$214K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 117

289 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

17% of this provider’s 289 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,276 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 Illinois
SIMVASTATIN 234 171 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 199 139 2 5
METFORMIN HCL 183 92 3 11
TRAMADOL HCL 176 133 4 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 162 119 5 13
LISINOPRIL 162 83 5 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 160 48 S3 7 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 149 111 8 2
FUROSEMIDE 130 102 9 3
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 111 75 10 33
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 92 79 11 8
ATENOLOL 80 42 12 20
CARVEDILOL 77 61 13 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 58 14 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 68 30 15 15
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 66 23 R 16 133
OMEPRAZOLE 65 41 17 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 62 62 18 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 30 19 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 56 50 20 17
INSULIN SYRINGE 56 34 20 95
PROAIR HFA 54 30 22 56
GLIPIZIDE 52 40 23 37
GABAPENTIN 51 33 24 16
NAMENDA 51 51 24 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 51 40 24 12
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. 17, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.