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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,294Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 19

$421K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 19

254 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

5% of this provider’s 254 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 8,105 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $41 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 362 333 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 361 352 2 3
MIRTAZAPINE 360 358 3 11
LISINOPRIL 341 341 4 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 314 314 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 307 307 6 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 295 290 7 12
TRAZODONE HCL 213 210 8 6
NAMENDA 211 211 9 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 172 172 10 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 168 167 11 8
GABAPENTIN 164 164 12 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 164 161 12 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 143 143 14 10
SIMVASTATIN 141 134 15 2
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 136 129 16 18
SERTRALINE HCL 121 111 17 20
ATENOLOL 113 105 18 21
OMEPRAZOLE 112 111 19 9
ADVAIR DISKUS 112 108 19 44
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 109 109 21 44
TORSEMIDE 102 102 22 75
OLANZAPINE 96 96 23 25
PREDNISONE 91 91 24 23
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 85 83 25 22
DIGOXIN 84 84 26 28
GLIPIZIDE 78 78 27 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 66 66 28 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 62 29 29
ALLOPURINOL 60 54 30 46
LATANOPROST 59 59 31 56
RANITIDINE HCL 59 59 31 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 58 58 33 35
METFORMIN HCL 56 56 34 17
SEROQUEL 54 50 35 41
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 54 35 64
LEVEMIR 54 54 35 173
DIOVAN 53 53 38 74
CALCIPOTRIENE 51 51 39 185
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 51 44 39 51
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 50 41 43
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 Jan. 19, 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.