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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,924Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 28

$342K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 28

467 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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

12% of this provider’s 467 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 467 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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
LISINOPRIL 257 230 68 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 190 168 52 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 179 149 49 3 8
FUROSEMIDE 174 142 50 4 2
METFORMIN HCL 170 128 38 5 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 169 129 41 6 19
ATENOLOL 154 154 48 7 35
OMEPRAZOLE 139 123 31 8 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 112 107* 31 9 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 108 83 30 10 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 104 87 33 11 4
SERTRALINE HCL 99 78 20 12 12
CRESTOR 93 88* 21 13 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 75 30 14 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 77 72* 16 15 6
SPIRIVA 75 55 12 16 70
GLIPIZIDE 73 68* 19 17 74
LORAZEPAM 67 62* 24 B 18 38
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 64 59* 15 R 19 104
RANITIDINE HCL 61 43 18 20 34
DONEPEZIL HCL 58 53* 17 21 14
TRAMADOL HCL 57 52* 23 22 13
FENTANYL 57 41 16 S2 22 44
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 56 34 21 24 27
MIRTAZAPINE 55 50* 16 25 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 49* 15 26 25
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 52 47* 13 27 127
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 50 45* 13 S2 28 85
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.