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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,832Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 41

$603K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 41

567 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 567 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 567 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 12,148 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 666 643 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 490 467 2 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 470 444 3 6
FUROSEMIDE 458 440 4 5
LISINOPRIL 448 423 5 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 409 395 6 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 364 338 7 8
ATENOLOL 320 317 8 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 268 260 9 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 262 261 10 9
MIRTAZAPINE 251 244 11 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 244 225 12 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 236 206 13 7
METFORMIN HCL 229 211 14 19
TRAZODONE HCL 227 215 15 14
GABAPENTIN 210 193 16 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 194 194 17 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 180 165 18 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 143 140 19 23
ALLOPURINOL 135 126 20 43
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 131 114 S3 21 33
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 121 121 22 44
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 112 112 23 34
DIGOXIN 105 101 24 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 105 105 24 78
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 105 105 24 16
LANTUS 100 80 27 25
RISPERIDONE 100 100 27 31
BUPROPION HCL SR 97 88 29 127
SERTRALINE HCL 96 93 30 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 86 31 103
CRESTOR 92 89 31 111
TAMSULOSIN HCL 91 91 33 32
ESTRADIOL 89 89 R 34 131
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 89 83 34 89
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 87 87 36 36
GLIPIZIDE 87 87 36 53
AZITHROMYCIN 87 82 36 87
LOVASTATIN 84 84 39 71
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 82 75 40 83
TRAMADOL HCL 79 71 41 18
RANITIDINE HCL 76 52 42 40
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 74 43 77
NAMENDA 75 74 43 30
PAROXETINE HCL 74 73 45 39
PREDNISONE 74 74 45 27
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 68 47 72
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 60 S2 48 70
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69 63 48 61
CLOPIDOGREL 66 65 50 56
OLANZAPINE 65 64 51 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 63 63 52 29
NYSTATIN 62 60 53 54
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 59 59 54 65
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 57 55 59
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 53 34 S2 56 97
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 52 57 22
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 45 58 67
CYMBALTA 51 51 58 63
EXELON 51 51 58 85
DILTIAZEM ER 50 50 61 112
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 Feb. 2, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.