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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,393Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 121 out of 806

$590K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 91 out of 806

363 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72% Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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

8% of this provider’s 363 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 26%.

Prescription Price

$109 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $94 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 11.


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
CLONAZEPAM 588 312 106 B 1 37
BUPROPION XL 327 135 46 2 183
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 297 216 50 A 3 52
SERTRALINE HCL 250 157 48 4 26
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 243 208 53 5 54
LORAZEPAM 233 173 53 B 6 20
MIRTAZAPINE 191 144 37 7 43
ALPRAZOLAM 190 109 34 B 8 31
CYMBALTA 190 120 36 8 63
ABILIFY 187 104 38 A 10 113
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 176 75 20 11 64
TRAZODONE HCL 152 34 32 12 45
EXELON 141 136* 24 13 135
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 135 81 22 14 36
NAMENDA 135 130* 26 14 30
LAMOTRIGINE 125 56 14 16 98
DONEPEZIL HCL 98 93* 24 17 29
RISPERIDONE 97 83 22 A 18 61
OLANZAPINE 95 64 13 A 19 119
TEMAZEPAM 93 47 18 B 20 218
GABAPENTIN 91 75 20 21 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 83 69 19 22 19
FLUOXETINE HCL 82 40 14 23 86
PRISTIQ ER 72 59 13 24 320
BUSPIRONE HCL 69 48 14 25 146
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 63 14 13 R 26 162
PAROXETINE HCL 61 <11 <11 27 93
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 60 <11 <11 S2 28 404
NAMENDA XR 59 59 15 29 406
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 Aug. 31, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.