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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,059Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 232

$1.13M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 232

378 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

30% of this provider’s 378 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

44% of this provider’s 378 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 16,669 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

56 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,272 981 S3 1 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 787 581 2 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 721 613 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 654 606 4 7
LISINOPRIL 518 431 5 6
LANTUS 486 405 6 36
FAMOTIDINE 467 384 7 30
SIMVASTATIN 453 406 8 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 422 410 9 13
GABAPENTIN 367 268 10 12
CYMBALTA 349 247 11 57
CITALOPRAM HBR 340 304 12 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 299 268 13 2
CARVEDILOL 258 172 14 21
RISPERIDONE 256 228 15 42
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 246 206 16 10
NOVOLOG 246 190 16 91
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 238 209 18 142
BACLOFEN 237 138 19 83
TRAMADOL HCL 234 211 20 33
MIRTAZAPINE 233 211 21 28
NAMENDA 225 225 22 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 217 176 23 14
NYSTOP 214 179 24 209
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 213 191 25 128
TAMSULOSIN HCL 207 174 26 22
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 204 127 27 47
METHADONE HCL 203 126 S2 28 151
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 194 149 29 54
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 192 154 30 41
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 192 152 30 59
SERTRALINE HCL 186 158 32 35
MELOXICAM 185 181 33 55
OLANZAPINE 182 124 34 86
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 133 35 16
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 164 139 36 169
METFORMIN HCL 163 125 37 9
FENTANYL 159 154 S2 38 115
NOVOLIN N 154 112 39 116
KLOR-CON M20 151 113 40 112
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 141 117 41 20
PREDNISONE 139 119 42 49
GLIMEPIRIDE 139 131 42 75
SPIRONOLACTONE 136 114 44 77
FLUOXETINE HCL 136 62 44 71
OMEPRAZOLE 131 119 46 4
BUSPIRONE HCL 128 93 47 148
KLOR-CON M10 125 103 48 180
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 122 89 49 19
CLOPIDOGREL 120 83 50 34
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 120 60 50 113
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 109 75 52 26
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 107 62 53 122
LACTULOSE 107 61 53 90
ONDANSETRON HCL 106 27 55 221
PLAVIX 104 80 56 50
PAROXETINE HCL 103 78 57 69
MORPHINE SULFATE 91 74 S2 58 213
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 91 66 58 15
NYSTATIN 90 83 60 182
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 90 73 60 23
ATENOLOL 85 85 62 11
GLUCAGON EMERGENCY KIT 83 53 10 63 336
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 82 82 64 52
NIFEDIPINE ER 82 45 64 110
DIOVAN 80 80 66 27
DIGOXIN 80 80 66 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 79 64 68 68
CARBAMAZEPINE 73 48 69 192
CLONIDINE HCL 72 52 70 58
SEROQUEL 72 71 70 105
CEFUROXIME 71 65 72 351
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 69 67 73 144
HUMALOG 68 58 74 119
FLUVOXAMINE MALEATE 68 66 74 358
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 67 55 76 73
LEVETIRACETAM 66 39 77 72
GLUCAGEN 63 22 78 367
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 50 79 44
SUCRALFATE 59 38 80 178
AMIODARONE HCL 57 56 81 140
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 56 31 S2 82 125
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 24 S2 83 290
LATANOPROST 55 55 83 244
MEGESTROL ACETATE 54 36 R 85 102
AMOXICILLIN 53 52 86 135
LEXAPRO 53 47 86 170
TRAZODONE HCL 52 36 88 38
CEFTRIAXONE 52 45 88 321
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 27 S2 90 109
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 51 41 90 17
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 21 92 199
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.