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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,303Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 19

$951K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 19

456 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 456 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 456 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,632 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $41 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 31.


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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 Massachusetts
SIMVASTATIN 452 409 1 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 439 434 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 402 328 3 8
METFORMIN HCL 391 297 4 17
CARVEDILOL 373 354 5 37
OMEPRAZOLE 349 235 6 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 323 302 7 4
TRAZODONE HCL 302 225 8 6
RAMIPRIL 297 172 9 52
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 261 187 10 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 230 230 11 7
ACTOS 223 167 12 66
LISINOPRIL 216 169 13 5
NAMENDA 213 209 14 15
SERTRALINE HCL 208 174 15 20
CRESTOR 205 150 16 70
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 144 17 84
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 167 124 17 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 130 19 86
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 154 126 20 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 152 119 21 29
BUMETANIDE 149 147 22 73
LACTULOSE 145 95 23 62
SPIRONOLACTONE 139 114 24 78
CITALOPRAM HBR 139 100 24 12
FUROSEMIDE 139 135 24 3
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 137 74 27 33
CYMBALTA 136 97 28 36
SPIRIVA 134 72 29 47
TORSEMIDE 134 119 29 75
PREDNISONE 127 107 31 23
LOVASTATIN 126 97 32 95
GLIMEPIRIDE 126 117 32 57
IBUPROFEN 124 32 34 97
GABAPENTIN 124 107 34 13
RISPERIDONE 122 100 36 24
PROAIR HFA 122 32 36 98
JANUVIA 117 91 38 68
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 117 95 S3 38 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 114 69 40 101
MIRTAZAPINE 113 110 41 11
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 110 83 R 42 102
FAMOTIDINE 101 52 43 76
LAMOTRIGINE 100 26 44 59
FINASTERIDE 89 55 45 54
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 89 73 45 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 74 45 55
LANTUS 89 77 45 31
CLONIDINE HCL 85 28 49 119
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 85 51 49 10
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 84 75 51 50
ABILIFY 83 55 52 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 61 52 49
RANITIDINE HCL 82 82 54 42
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 80 59 55 32
ALPRAZOLAM 79 79 56 123
BUSPIRONE HCL 78 70 57 125
CHLORTHALIDONE 78 61 57 125
PAROXETINE HCL 78 43 57 69
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 65 60 14
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 42 R 61 129
ALLOPURINOL 73 55 61 46
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 72 54 63 132
NEXIUM 71 54 64 133
METFORMIN HCL ER 71 59 64 133
VALPROIC ACID 69 61 66 135
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 68 26 67 136
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 68 45 67 136
FLUOXETINE HCL 64 30 69 64
OLANZAPINE 64 39 69 25
TRAMADOL HCL 64 35 69 27
EXELON 63 63 72 145
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 62 52 73 53
LEVETIRACETAM 60 37 74 60
FENOFIBRATE 59 37 75 150
CLONIDINE 57 57 76 158
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 43 77 38
CALCITONIN-SALMON 54 20 77 173
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 45 77 26
NIFEDIPINE ER 54 43 77 82
SEROQUEL 54 44 77 41
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 49 82 177
ONGLYZA 52 19 83 181
HYDROCORTISONE VALERATE 52 41 83 181
OXYCODONE HCL 51 30 S2 85 72
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 51 50 85 51
NOVOLOG 50 37 87 80
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 50 26 87 67
CLOPIDOGREL 50 48 87 71
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 April 2, 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.