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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,736Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 325

$336K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 325

342 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93% Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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 Maryland
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 342 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 342 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 28%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $102 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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 Maryland
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 168 163* 27 1 10
LOVASTATIN 150 135 44 2 74
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 143* 40 3 14
LISINOPRIL 145 133 36 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 129 124* 28 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 124 113 21 6 4
JANTOVEN 119 <11 <11 7 91
SIMVASTATIN 118 106 26 8 3
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 111 106* 43 9 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 110 94 27 10 5
OMEPRAZOLE 108 103* 24 11 12
ATENOLOL 99 94* 25 12 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 98 93* 12 13 8
SERTRALINE HCL 96 85 19 14 45
DONEPEZIL HCL 93 93 20 15 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 85 80* 16 16 48
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 83 69 22 17 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 78 73* 21 18 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 78 78 15 18 51
METFORMIN HCL 77 72* 20 20 15
CYMBALTA 75 <11 <11 21 55
TRAMADOL HCL 74 69* 17 22 16
MIRTAZAPINE 72 <11 <11 23 42
FINASTERIDE 66 66 17 24 188
SYNTHROID 64 52 13 25 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 64 64 18 25 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 62 57* 20 27 32
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 May 12, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.