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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,701Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 11

$296K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 11

231 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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 Kansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 231 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 231 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,614 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $46 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 34.


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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 Kansas
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 333 315 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 181 180 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 178 178 S3 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 177 177 4 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 174 174 5 11
LISINOPRIL 166 165 6 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 142 142 7 8
GABAPENTIN 141 141 8 9
OMEPRAZOLE 134 131 9 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 131 10 21
MIRTAZAPINE 130 130 11 17
CYMBALTA 118 118 12 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 109 109 13 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 103 103 14 10
TRAZODONE HCL 92 92 15 30
CARVEDILOL 85 85 16 15
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 79 69 17 37
LIDODERM 77 77 18 50
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 72 72 19 35
CLONIDINE 72 72 19 119
SERTRALINE HCL 71 71 21 19
NAMENDA 70 57 22 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 69 69 23 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 65 24 51
LANTUS 62 62 25 20
KLOR-CON M20 62 62 25 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 59 59 27 3
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 54 28 23
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 50 49 29 81
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 16, 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.