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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,554Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 36

$1.55M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 36

415 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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 New Jersey
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 415 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 415 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 15,960 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 29%.

Prescription Price

$84 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $59 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 New Jersey
EXELON 510 471 1 48
WARFARIN SODIUM 455 414 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 430 366 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 427 403 4 4
LACTULOSE 425 357 5 27
NAMENDA 411 391 6 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 406 354 7 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 404 347 8 3
MIRTAZAPINE 378 334 9 16
LIDODERM 348 336 10 41
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 294 259 11 8
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 264 235 12 34
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 257 218 13 40
METFORMIN HCL 255 198 14 9
FAMOTIDINE 248 209 15 17
OMEPRAZOLE 239 208 16 6
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 234 206 17 24
NEXIUM 227 182 18 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 212 189 19 38
GABAPENTIN 193 181 20 20
LISINOPRIL 180 161 21 7
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 165 156 22 22
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 159 128 S2 23 29
CYMBALTA 158 137 24 80
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 156 137 25 32
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 156 148 25 19
CLOPIDOGREL 154 133 27 30
LEVETIRACETAM 153 76 28 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 149 144 29 13
METHADONE HCL 146 36 S2 30 163
LOVAZA 139 122 31 92
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 137 123 32 51
PLAVIX 135 117 33 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 135 121 33 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 130 130 35 10
RISPERIDONE 124 102 36 28
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 122 107 37 116
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 115 93 38 25
CARVEDILOL 112 108 39 21
ADVAIR DISKUS 112 100 39 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 107 91 41 11
SINGULAIR 104 88 42 94
LANTUS 102 94 43 43
CLONIDINE HCL 101 87 44 96
FENTANYL 99 85 S2 45 43
LYRICA 97 74 46 88
SERTRALINE HCL 96 89 47 15
AZITHROMYCIN 94 79 48 66
DIOVAN 93 86 49 36
MELOXICAM 91 89 50 63
CRESTOR 89 75 51 50
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 89 76 51 71
TRAMADOL HCL 86 84 53 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 85 73 54 64
CITALOPRAM HBR 85 75 54 31
SEROQUEL 85 79 54 105
MUPIROCIN 84 70 57 75
BYSTOLIC 82 74 58 209
DIGOXIN 82 70 58 46
FINASTERIDE 82 68 58 61
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 81 74 61 37
RAMIPRIL 77 77 62 58
ABILIFY 76 65 63 87
LIDOCAINE 76 75 63 131
TRANSDERM-SCOP 74 38 65 214
SOLARAZE 73 69 66 217
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 72 66 166
JANUMET 72 71 68 218
SANTYL 70 59 69 72
MIDODRINE HCL 70 61 69 225
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 66 71 33
ATENOLOL 69 61 71 18
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 69 68 71 93
PAROXETINE HCL 66 51 74 57
PRADAXA 64 42 75 188
FLECTOR 63 61 76 234
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 63 56 76 143
ROPINIROLE HCL 63 55 76 154
CALCIUM ACETATE 62 14 79 236
LEXAPRO 60 56 80 106
GLIPIZIDE 60 60 80 69
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 54 82 14
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 58 82 135
OLANZAPINE 58 35 84 86
BUDESONIDE 57 57 85 172
RESTASIS 57 48 85 181
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 56 41 R 87 125
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 29 S3 88 70
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 48 89 101
GLYBURIDE 53 52 R 89 111
NOVOLOG 52 42 91 98
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 51 41 92 140
VESICARE 51 50 92 155
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 49 92 76
DILTIAZEM HCL 50 49 95 190
JANUVIA 50 48 95 47
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 June 6, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.