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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,174Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 28 out of 99

$221K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 55 out of 99

153 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%* Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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 Massachusetts
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 153 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$20 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $48 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

73 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 34.


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 Massachusetts
TRAZODONE HCL 722 701 60 1 8
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 603 553 25 A 2 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 571 571 41 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 481 452 39 4 6
GABAPENTIN 465 465 28 5 13
FUROSEMIDE 449 444* 33 6 2
SERTRALINE HCL 358 358 15 7 19
MIRTAZAPINE 357 357 29 8 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 357 333 22 8 7
LISINOPRIL 314 314 21 10 3
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 304 219 12 11 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 277 277 28 12 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 239 234* 23 13 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 220 220 21 14 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 218 218 20 15 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 175 <11 <11 16 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 164 <11 <11 17 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 151 146* 12 18 16
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 150 <11 <11 19 58
FINASTERIDE 147 <11 <11 20 46
RISPERIDONE 144 133 11 A 21 28
OLANZAPINE 130 130 11 A 22 24
METFORMIN HCL 130 <11 <11 22 18
NAMENDA 117 <11 <11 24 15
LATANOPROST 116 111* 13 25 64
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 102 <11 <11 26 48
HALOPERIDOL 94 <11 <11 A 27 113
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 89 84* 15 28 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 <11 <11 28 36
PREDNISONE 86 81* 11 30 33
ATENOLOL 80 <11 <11 31 17
FAMOTIDINE* 74 <11 <11 32 77
JANTOVEN 73 <11 <11 33 132
CYMBALTA 73 <11 <11 33 31
LACTULOSE 71 <11 <11 35 57
GLIPIZIDE 71 <11 <11 35 41
BUPROPION HCL 69 <11 <11 37 107
CARVEDILOL 65 <11 <11 38 69
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 64 <11 <11 39 149
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 64 <11 <11 39 185
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA ER 60 <11 <11 41 267
LABETALOL HCL 60 <11 <11 41 89
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 <11 <11 43 22
TAMIFLU 55 50* 52 44 105
CELEBREX 55 <11 <11 44 88
MUPIROCIN* 55 55 16 44 152
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54 <11 <11 47 70
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 <11 <11 48 95
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 3, 2015.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.