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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,631Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 107

$1.59M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 107

620 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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 Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 620 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 620 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 12,982 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$77 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $50 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
FUROSEMIDE 686 542 1 3
BACLOFEN 635 200 2 64
SIMVASTATIN 553 368 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 526 332 4 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 525 431 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 514 394 6 1
LISINOPRIL 457 358 7 4
GABAPENTIN 446 260 8 11
SERTRALINE HCL 384 278 9 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 378 283 10 5
MIRTAZAPINE 362 283 11 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 346 230 12 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 298 280 13 10
METFORMIN HCL 296 151 14 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 291 195 15 8
RISPERIDONE 283 203 16 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 251 181 17 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 214 109 18 38
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 213 142 19 24
LIDODERM 207 160 20 77
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 206 121 21 18
NAMENDA 206 195 21 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 203 97 23 27
FENTANYL 192 89 S2 24 50
PREDNISONE 186 130 25 39
TRAZODONE HCL 179 99 26 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 163 115 27 28
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 161 117 28 49
DIGOXIN 159 138 29 37
TRAMADOL HCL 147 91 30 23
CYMBALTA 145 82 31 52
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 102 32 14
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 141 44 33 119
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 140 74 S2 34 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 140 95 34 17
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 137 99 36 40
LEVETIRACETAM 134 42 37 44
CARVEDILOL 131 104 38 25
AMITIZA 125 39 39 169
LEVOFLOXACIN 123 80 40 101
ATENOLOL 123 94 40 21
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 118 68 42 67
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 117 74 43 122
FAMOTIDINE 111 32 44 42
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 110 81 45 31
FLUOXETINE HCL 105 46 46 102
BUSPIRONE HCL 103 99 47 82
TIZANIDINE HCL 100 27 48 250
NYSTATIN 99 57 49 116
CLOPIDOGREL 99 92 49 29
SPIRONOLACTONE 95 51 51 74
TRICOR 94 48 52 148
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 93 93 53 70
CARAFATE 93 21 53 268
RAMIPRIL 93 68 53 134
LANTUS 91 61 56 34
SANTYL 91 42 56 113
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 90 65 58 75
DIOVAN 89 66 59 33
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 88 58 60 73
RANITIDINE HCL 87 52 61 41
LAMOTRIGINE 87 28 61 86
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 86 13 63 152
ADVAIR DISKUS 86 62 63 47
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 62 65 35
VALPROIC ACID 81 13 66 209
OLANZAPINE 81 61 66 57
GLIPIZIDE 80 70 68 46
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 60 S3 69 20
ABILIFY 73 43 70 66
VESICARE 73 38 70 140
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 71 21 72 118
DETROL LA 70 64 73 157
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 70 43 73 111
HALOPERIDOL 70 46 73 123
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 67 32 76 54
IBUPROFEN 67 40 76 90
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 67 31 76 32
OXYCODONE HCL 65 27 S2 79 68
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 65 21 79 218
KETOCONAZOLE 65 33 79 160
FINASTERIDE 65 41 79 72
LATANOPROST 65 46 79 94
OXYCONTIN 64 55 S2 84 124
LYRICA 64 28 84 139
GLIMEPIRIDE 62 62 86 84
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 62 30 S2 86 115
PAROXETINE HCL 61 11 88 80
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 59 40 89 107
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 20 90 58
NOVOLOG 56 33 91 76
BUPROPION HCL SR 54 31 92 151
NYSTOP 54 24 92 103
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 45 94 30
PLAVIX 53 39 94 43
LOVAZA 53 14 94 138
CEPHALEXIN 53 32 94 120
BUMETANIDE 52 52 98 77
CARBAMAZEPINE 51 13 99 133
AMANTADINE 50 0 100 270
ZETIA 50 50 100 126
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 May 3, 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.