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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,744Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 99

$759K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 99

365 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79% Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Massachusetts
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 365 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 365 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Massachusetts
OMEPRAZOLE 761 633 97 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 730 546 88 2 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 543 452 58 3 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 515 451 28 4 1
LISINOPRIL 430 367 57 5 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 388 348 53 6 10
FUROSEMIDE 381 305 43 7 2
GABAPENTIN 367 275 46 8 13
TRAZODONE HCL 359 283 44 9 8
METFORMIN HCL 326 239 35 10 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 319 288 43 11 36
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 271 224 35 12 4
ADVAIR DISKUS 246 180 46 13 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 227 205 28 14 7
MIRTAZAPINE 217 187 24 15 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 191 137 17 A 16 21
PREDNISONE 177 144 33 17 33
PROAIR HFA 176 130 43 18 60
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 162 139 14 19 96
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 140 15 20 22
RANITIDINE HCL 148 81 22 21 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 144 128 19 22 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 137 132* 13 23 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 130 125* 24 24 9
SPIRIVA 128 72 28 25 50
RISPERIDONE 124 119* 15 A 26 28
CLOPIDOGREL 122 108 14 27 32
ALLOPURINOL 119 105 15 28 39
LANTUS 114 99 21 29 29
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 109 <11 <11 30 58
SERTRALINE HCL 109 85 15 30 19
FLUOXETINE HCL 108 <11 <11 32 52
CHLORTHALIDONE 104 <11 <11 33 141
SPIRONOLACTONE 101 76 13 34 72
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 68 12 35 40
METHADONE HCL 98 79 27 S2 36 176
CYMBALTA 90 <11 <11 37 31
TRAMADOL HCL 89 73 21 38 26
CARVEDILOL 88 75 15 39 69
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 86 61 14 40 42
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 85 65 36 S2 41 78
TAMSULOSIN HCL 85 73 18 41 25
NAMENDA 85 <11 <11 41 15
OLANZAPINE 84 <11 <11 A 44 24
KLOR-CON M20 82 <11 <11 45 99
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 80 <11 <11 46 84
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 79 60 12 47 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 79 65 12 47 70
DIOVAN 78 <11 <11 49 47
LIDODERM 74 61 20 50 44
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 73 68* 11 51 20
GLIPIZIDE ER 73 68* 12 51 129
CLONAZEPAM 72 43 13 B 53 67
CRESTOR 69 48 14 54 53
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 67 46 24 55 54
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 49 15 56 156
LOPERAMIDE 65 34 20 57 258
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 62 <11 <11 58 27
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 <11 <11 59 30
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 61 56* 22 59 45
TRAMADOL HCL ER 59 59 14 61 270
CALCIUM ACETATE 58 <11 <11 62 273
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 58 <11 <11 62 23
ULTICARE* 57 28 15 64 274
ANASTROZOLE 55 <11 <11 65 282
TORSEMIDE 53 <11 <11 66 122
NOVOLIN R 51 46* 13 67 118
GLIPIZIDE 50 <11 <11 68 41
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 March 4, 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.