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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,997Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 19

$287K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 19

266 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94% Patients 65 Years and Older
4% 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 Nevada
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 266 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 266 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 18%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $39 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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 Nevada
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 252 252 45 1 2
LISINOPRIL 205 193 45 2 1
NAMENDA 189 189 40 3 12
RISPERIDONE 184 173 34 A 4 17
FUROSEMIDE 140 135* 34 5 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 135 135 22 6 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 125 120* 22 7 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 125 120* 28 7 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 124 124 20 9 16
OMEPRAZOLE 124 119* 30 9 8
EXELON 113 113 19 11 87
LORAZEPAM 107 107 26 B 12 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 87 65 11 13 13
METFORMIN HCL 86 81* 13 14 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 82 <11 <11 15 25
SIMVASTATIN 82 82 15 15 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 72* 22 S3 17 4
CLOPIDOGREL 77 72* 12 17 19
ATENOLOL 75 70* 11 19 26
TEMAZEPAM 75 75 20 B 19 35
ALPRAZOLAM 74 69* 14 B 21 18
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 70 <11 <11 22 59
GABAPENTIN 70 65* 16 22 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 <11 <11 A 24 34
TRAZODONE HCL 63 63 15 25 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 63 63 12 25 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 60 <11 <11 27 32
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 58 53* 12 28 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 55 55 13 29 28
ROPINIROLE HCL 52 <11 <11 30 123
SERTRALINE HCL 50 50 13 31 31
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 Nov. 5, 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.