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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,699Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 68

$804K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 68

317 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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 Pennsylvania
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 317 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 317 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,715 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 Pennsylvania
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 664 649 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 602 560 2 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 555 481 3 8
SIMVASTATIN 517 483 4 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 481 478 5 10
LISINOPRIL 461 420 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 438 417 7 6
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 342 333 8 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 323 305 9 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 316 289 10 18
NAMENDA 305 304 11 16
GABAPENTIN 302 278 12 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 300 285 13 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 220 211 S3 14 17
OMEPRAZOLE 200 197 15 5
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 186 185 16 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 180 179 17 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 175 172 18 19
SERTRALINE HCL 173 148 19 20
MIRTAZAPINE 158 157 20 15
JANTOVEN 158 158 20 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 141 131 22 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 136 136 23 26
METFORMIN HCL 132 110 24 14
HYDRALAZINE HCL 127 126 25 51
LANTUS 124 119 26 36
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 124 124 26 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 122 121 28 30
OLANZAPINE 121 121 29 82
ATENOLOL 120 108 30 21
LEXAPRO 117 113 31 117
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 115 115 32 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113 113 33 28
RISPERIDONE 109 106 34 25
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 103 100 35 201
CLONIDINE HCL 102 93 36 94
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 99 98 37 52
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 97 90 38 55
CLOPIDOGREL 96 75 39 31
ACTOS 95 85 40 145
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 88 88 41 53
ALLOPURINOL 86 76 42 46
PREDNISONE 83 79 43 47
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 82 81 S2 44 114
GLIPIZIDE 82 79 44 54
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 82 82 44 29
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 82 82 44 86
TRAMADOL HCL 79 79 48 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 77 49 67
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 77 75 50 80
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 77 72 50 49
KLOR-CON M20 75 68 52 40
GLIMEPIRIDE 74 52 53 69
METOLAZONE 74 67 53 189
LEVEMIR 71 71 55 138
SEROQUEL 68 65 56 71
LEVETIRACETAM 67 55 57 44
FENTANYL 67 62 S2 57 39
PROMETHAZINE HCL 66 62 R 59 258
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 65 65 60 140
LATANOPROST 65 65 60 63
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 61 62 41
VENLAFAXINE HCL 62 62 63 173
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 62 63 85
FAMOTIDINE 58 52 65 56
HUMULIN R 57 57 66 129
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 57 56 66 195
OXYCONTIN 56 53 S2 68 92
RANITIDINE HCL 56 56 68 34
VALPROIC ACID 55 37 70 130
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 54 71 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 53 51 72 37
TRAZODONE HCL 52 46 73 32
PLAVIX 50 48 74 48
RESTASIS 50 50 74 298
CARVEDILOL 50 42 74 27
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 April 1, 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.