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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,798Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 41

$778K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 41

672 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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 Minnesota
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 672 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 672 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,967 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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 Minnesota
SIMVASTATIN 607 577 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 568 531 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 503 489 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 495 476 4 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 481 481 5 7
LISINOPRIL 448 436 6 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 421 381 7 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 371 359 8 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 339 336 9 9
ATENOLOL 325 313 10 10
GABAPENTIN 287 281 11 11
TRAZODONE HCL 268 248 12 14
MIRTAZAPINE 258 239 13 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 226 212 14 12
LIDODERM 215 215 15 47
METFORMIN HCL 185 168 16 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 176 175 17 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 156 151 18 16
TRAMADOL HCL 154 145 19 18
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 153 149 20 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 148 148 21 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 148 139 21 26
LANTUS 147 146 23 25
SERTRALINE HCL 146 135 24 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 141 137 25 22
PAROXETINE HCL 137 134 26 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 128 128 27 36
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 125 125 28 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 124 119 29 34
PREDNISONE 119 111 30 27
DIGOXIN 116 116 31 38
NYSTATIN 115 105 32 54
NYSTOP 108 97 33 45
ALLOPURINOL 107 107 34 43
GLIPIZIDE 104 88 35 53
JANTOVEN 102 102 36 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 101 81 S3 37 33
RANITIDINE HCL 101 86 37 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 97 97 39 35
OXYCONTIN 94 94 S2 40 84
HYDRALAZINE HCL 94 93 40 60
CLOPIDOGREL 94 94 40 56
OXYCODONE HCL 90 71 S2 43 37
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 88 85 44 62
PLAVIX 87 87 45 69
PROAIR HFA 86 82 46 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84 84 47 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 81 47 50
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 83 81 49 48
KLOR-CON M10 81 78 50 76
LEVETIRACETAM 79 61 51 50
HUMALOG 75 75 52 107
AMOXICILLIN 73 72 53 103
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 71 71 S2 54 70
OLANZAPINE ODT 70 70 55 116
ADVAIR DISKUS 67 53 56 57
LATANOPROST 67 67 56 79
RISPERIDONE 66 63 58 31
CEPHALEXIN 63 62 59 101
OLANZAPINE 61 49 60 28
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 56 61 106
AZITHROMYCIN 58 58 62 87
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 57 44 63 67
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 53 64 105
DILANTIN 54 54 65 118
DORZOLAMIDE-TIMOLOL 54 54 65 123
KLOR-CON M20 53 39 67 49
GEMFIBROZIL 52 40 68 161
CLONIDINE HCL 52 51 68 121
AMMONIUM LACTATE 51 51 70 93
TRAVATAN Z 50 50 71 96
KLOR-CON 10 50 50 71 166
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 July 19, 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.