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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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46,582Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 232

$2.85M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 232

1,238 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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 California
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

1% of this provider’s 1,238 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 1,238 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 45,454 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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 California
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 3,099 3,049 10 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 1,875 1,819 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,610 1,572 3 4
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 1,357 1,347 4 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 1,175 1,167 5 13
ATENOLOL 1,038 1,033 6 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,034 1,022 7 14
METFORMIN HCL 1,018 953 8 9
DIOVAN 1,009 1,003 9 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 986 971 10 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 914 914 11 3
LIDODERM 909 909 12 48
CARVEDILOL 793 784 13 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 767 765 14 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 672 670 15 19
FUROSEMIDE 635 635 16 7
NAMENDA 625 625 17 18
CELEBREX 613 611 18 63
CLOPIDOGREL 572 570 19 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 572 544 19 26
GLIPIZIDE 549 531 21 29
CREON 545 544 22 118
LANTUS 543 519 23 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 536 528 24 8
MELOXICAM 498 497 25 55
GABAPENTIN 459 447 26 12
NEXIUM 457 451 27 45
LOVASTATIN 446 446 28 25
DIOVAN HCT 430 430 29 53
FAMOTIDINE 413 393 30 30
LISINOPRIL 385 383 31 6
PLAVIX 370 370 32 50
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 337 295 S3 33 5
JANUVIA 330 321 34 60
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 326 325 35 52
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 320 320 36 99
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 318 300 37 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 307 291 38 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 303 294 39 20
FLUOCINONIDE 299 294 40 164
HYDRALAZINE HCL 298 287 41 62
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 298 289 41 88
AZITHROMYCIN 270 251 43 51
MEGESTROL ACETATE 261 261 R 44 102
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 260 260 45 66
CRESTOR 247 242 46 56
GLIMEPIRIDE 229 219 47 75
FENOFIBRATE 228 222 48 93
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 213 213 R 49 121
ACTOS 212 193 50 100
DIGOXIN 208 208 51 37
SERTRALINE HCL 200 191 52 35
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 197 197 53 41
RANITIDINE HCL 197 197 53 61
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 184 175 55 54
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 184 184 55 59
BENAZEPRIL HCL 183 183 57 31
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 178 167 58 68
LYRICA 178 167 58 134
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 174 174 60 131
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 173 170 61 32
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 171 169 62 73
GLYBURIDE 169 169 R 63 85
NOVOLIN R 166 166 64 74
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 165 165 65 199
LOVAZA 159 159 66 166
GEMFIBROZIL 148 141 67 104
CLONIDINE HCL 145 140 68 58
AVODART 142 142 69 157
CYMBALTA 141 114 70 57
FINASTERIDE 141 141 70 76
HYDROXYZINE HCL 141 133 R 70 191
MIRTAZAPINE 138 138 73 28
LIPITOR 137 137 74 89
ZENPEP 135 135 75 241
VOLTAREN 135 135 75 139
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 131 131 77 129
RISPERIDONE 130 130 78 42
LEVOFLOXACIN 127 126 79 80
ALLOPURINOL 126 126 80 39
RIVASTIGMINE 124 124 81 306
PREMPRO 121 120 R 10 82 309
ACTONEL 121 121 82 141
EVISTA 120 120 84 117
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 114 114 85 92
PREDNISONE 113 111 86 49
TRAMADOL HCL 112 111 87 33
PREMARIN 110 108 R 88 155
MICARDIS 110 110 88 316
EXFORGE 107 107 90 201
HUMALOG 103 102 91 119
SINGULAIR 103 103 91 96
LABETALOL HCL 102 91 93 266
PEN NEEDLE 99 99 94 193
BENICAR 96 96 95 160
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 94 80 96 64
CITALOPRAM HBR 92 76 97 24
IBUPROFEN 86 86 98 65
AMOXICILLIN 86 82 98 135
TRAVATAN Z 85 85 100 197
EXELON 85 81 100 95
ACIPHEX 84 84 102 214
NOVOLOG 83 65 103 91
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 83 73 R 103 218
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 82 71 105 167
FELODIPINE ER 81 81 106 123
METFORMIN HCL ER 80 80 107 138
BENICAR HCT 80 80 107 168
TIMOLOL MALEATE 80 72 107 210
PRANDIN 77 77 110 220
INSULIN SYRINGE 76 74 111 127
JANUMET 74 74 112 137
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 72 113 44
SPIRIVA 72 72 114 84
VYTORIN 72 62 114 261
IMIPRAMINE HCL 71 71 R 116 351
ESTRADIOL 71 71 R 116 193
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 71 116 16
CEPHALEXIN 70 66 119 108
AMIODARONE HCL 70 70 119 140
BONIVA 68 68 121 177
AGGRENOX 67 67 122 233
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 67 61 S3 122 81
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 66 64 124 195
LEVETIRACETAM 66 61 124 72
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 65 65 126 47
TERAZOSIN HCL 65 51 126 97
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 61 59 128 67
KLOR-CON M10 61 61 128 180
LANSOPRAZOLE 60 58 130 145
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 60 55 130 280
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 59 132 77
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 58 133 110
TRICOR 57 57 134 130
TRAZODONE HCL 56 54 135 38
PAROXETINE HCL 56 56 135 69
PATADAY 56 56 135 287
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 55 55 138 101
METHOTREXATE 54 50 139 320
MECLIZINE HCL 53 53 140 165
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 53 53 140 395
GLIPIZIDE XL 53 53 140 298
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 51 143 203
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 51 49 143 94
VIAGRA 51 50 143 300
ZOSTAVAX 50 45 146 285
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 Nov. 7, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.