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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,153Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 107

$675K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 107

605 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88% Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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 Pennsylvania
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 605 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 605 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 27.


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 Pennsylvania
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 632 582 103 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 532 527* 47 2 8
FUROSEMIDE 441 353 94 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 419 364 75 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 401 342 84 5 7
LISINOPRIL 399 330 79 6 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 364 324 68 7 5
SIMVASTATIN 343 252 68 8 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 320 237 67 S3 9 24
SERTRALINE HCL 309 276 55 10 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 259 227 41 11 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 256 228 57 12 22
MIRTAZAPINE 253 248* 49 13 14
CLOPIDOGREL 207 181 39 14 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 191 191 33 15 10
GABAPENTIN 191 178 35 15 12
METFORMIN HCL 154 109 33 17 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 151 134 39 18 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 150 126 34 19 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 150 150 22 A 19 26
CYMBALTA 146 141* 13 21 35
NAMENDA 144 144 23 22 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 140 118 25 23 28
NOVOLOG 135 130* 27 24 94
NYSTATIN 134 115 39 25 83
RISPERIDONE 124 119* 19 A 26 33
LANTUS 121 106 19 27 42
LORAZEPAM 121 116* 46 B 27 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 113 102 21 29 34
KLOR-CON M10 111 72 17 30 82
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 111 100 15 30 39
PREDNISONE 111 106* 45 30 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 96 20 33 18
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 104 84 57 34 77
TRAZODONE HCL 103 98* 24 35 25
JANUVIA 103 98* 17 35 68
LACTULOSE 95 <11 <11 37 79
SPIRONOLACTONE 86 86 19 38 69
ATENOLOL 85 67 24 39 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 83 78* 20 S2 40 56
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 82 77* 16 41 16
EXELON 78 78 16 42 108
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 77 66 16 43 27
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 77 77 24 43 85
ALPRAZOLAM 76 71* 19 B 45 38
FENTANYL 75 75 11 S2 46 65
CARVEDILOL 74 69* 17 47 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 70 58 14 48 45
FAMOTIDINE* 68 63* 12 49 42
DIGOX 65 65 15 50 60
CELEBREX 61 56* 12 51 76
CLONIDINE HCL 61 <11 <11 51 87
KLOR-CON M20 61 50 12 51 40
BUMETANIDE 59 54* 11 54 72
AZITHROMYCIN 57 52* 39 55 95
OXYCODONE HCL 57 17 13 S2 55 59
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 44 16 57 60
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 53 <11 <11 58 120
SPIRIVA 52 47* 17 59 71
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 46* 26 60 100
GLIMEPIRIDE 51 <11 <11 60 78
ONDANSETRON HCL* 51 37 24 60 141
FLOVENT HFA 50 31 15 63 252
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 14, 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.