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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,924Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 232

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 232

782 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
96% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 782 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 782 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 17,219 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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 California
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,060 814 S3 1 5
FUROSEMIDE 843 621 2 7
FAMOTIDINE 734 527 3 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 724 699 4 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 682 524 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 600 458 6 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 599 450 7 20
SIMVASTATIN 574 451 8 1
LISINOPRIL 571 445 9 6
NAMENDA 553 552 10 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 538 368 11 8
RISPERIDONE 459 441 12 42
METFORMIN HCL 388 280 13 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 384 326 14 2
OMEPRAZOLE 377 303 15 4
LANTUS 327 185 16 36
GABAPENTIN 321 211 17 12
BACLOFEN 309 120 18 83
MIRTAZAPINE 282 247 19 28
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 250 106 20 128
OLANZAPINE 242 190 21 86
FENTANYL 241 196 S2 22 115
CITALOPRAM HBR 217 188 23 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 216 201 24 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 212 159 25 14
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 210 91 26 113
DIGOXIN 201 140 27 37
LEVOFLOXACIN 183 132 28 80
FLUOXETINE HCL 178 125 29 71
TRAZODONE HCL 170 118 30 38
SUCRALFATE 166 110 31 178
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 161 128 32 26
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 158 139 33 232
LEVETIRACETAM 152 48 34 72
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 151 135 35 64
CARVEDILOL 148 125 36 21
TRAMADOL HCL 142 132 37 33
EXELON 140 140 38 95
GLIPIZIDE 140 137 38 29
RAMIPRIL 140 138 38 124
SERTRALINE HCL 137 59 41 35
CLOPIDOGREL 131 122 42 34
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 128 114 43 41
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 126 90 44 47
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 125 102 45 59
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 107 46 16
MORPHINE SULFATE 118 47 S2 47 213
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 118 114 47 54
KLOR-CON M10 117 81 49 180
PERMETHRIN 116 96 50 314
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 115 82 51 19
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 111 60 52 133
NOVOLIN R 107 68 53 74
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 105 85 54 153
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 104 104 55 17
HYDRALAZINE HCL 103 34 56 62
NOVOLOG 103 55 56 91
DIOVAN 101 89 58 27
PREDNISONE 97 64 59 49
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 96 76 60 15
CLONIDINE HCL 95 46 61 58
CEPHALEXIN 95 71 61 108
METHADONE HCL 95 79 S2 61 151
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 92 92 64 142
KLOR-CON 10 91 80 65 174
NEXIUM 91 65 65 45
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 90 76 S2 67 109
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 89 53 68 73
ATENOLOL 89 67 68 11
LACTULOSE 88 25 70 90
HUMULIN R 88 65 70 152
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 87 72 72 23
ADVAIR DISKUS 84 44 73 44
PAROXETINE HCL 81 66 74 69
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 77 30 75 342
BUMETANIDE 77 66 75 291
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 76 58 77 122
VALPROIC ACID 76 11 77 184
PHENYTOIN 74 34 79 223
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 72 57 80 67
ABILIFY 70 58 81 146
HYDROXYZINE HCL 70 47 R 81 191
RANITIDINE HCL 69 28 83 61
PLAVIX 69 60 83 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 46 85 52
AMIODARONE HCL 64 31 86 140
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64 64 86 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 62 57 88 156
LAMOTRIGINE 61 50 89 202
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 61 60 R 89 163
MELOXICAM 60 50 91 55
RENVELA 59 42 92 238
HUMALOG 59 23 92 119
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 59 42 92 169
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 47 95 199
MEGESTROL ACETATE 56 55 R 96 102
LEXAPRO 54 54 97 170
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 49 97 66
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 53 53 99 32
TRAVATAN Z 52 40 100 197
SEROQUEL 51 42 101 105
CEFTRIAXONE 51 28 101 321
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. 5, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.