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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,987Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 43

$801K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 43

1,532 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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 Average for
this specialty
in Colorado
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 1,532 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 1,532 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,598 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Colorado
WARFARIN SODIUM 786 718 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 687 652 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 567 490 S3 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 486 453 4 4
LISINOPRIL 447 382 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 364 346 6 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 324 324 7 13
OMEPRAZOLE 305 281 8 7
SIMVASTATIN 297 268 9 6
NAMENDA 251 251 10 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 238 231 11 14
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 221 165 S2 12 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 220 220 13 10
OXYCODONE HCL 204 125 S2 14 15
TRAMADOL HCL 203 194 15 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 199 177 16 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 194 170 17 26
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 181 180 18 42
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 158 111 S2 19 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 155 142 20 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 153 143 21 33
GABAPENTIN 144 118 22 11
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 143 132 23 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 141 126 24 23
MIRTAZAPINE 138 129 25 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 137 130 26 28
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 136 131 27 64
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 135 135 28 50
TRAZODONE HCL 132 112 29 47
EXELON 131 130 30 91
METFORMIN HCL 127 124 31 12
FENTANYL 126 98 S2 32 31
KLOR-CON M20 125 103 33 55
PREDNISONE 119 116 34 43
CYMBALTA 118 110 35 32
OLANZAPINE 113 111 36 36
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 107 98 37 37
LYRICA 107 88 37 58
FAMOTIDINE 107 102 37 51
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 107 37 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 107 87 37 49
SERTRALINE HCL 106 85 42 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 95 43 18
ATENOLOL 97 91 43 16
DIOVAN 94 94 45 69
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 88 88 46 44
CARVEDILOL 83 78 47 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 73 48 22
NYSTOP 80 77 49 160
SPIRONOLACTONE 77 76 50 59
METHADONE HCL 75 54 S2 51 62
CLOPIDOGREL 72 68 52 57
GALANTAMINE HBR 70 68 53 144
SEROQUEL 69 60 54 67
RISPERIDONE 69 69 54 41
SPIRIVA 68 58 56 54
RANITIDINE HCL 67 56 57 39
FINASTERIDE 64 60 58 75
LEVOFLOXACIN 61 56 59 65
OXYCONTIN 61 40 S2 59 45
NEXIUM 61 55 59 88
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 59 59 62 60
LIDODERM 58 58 63 48
ALLOPURINOL 57 52 64 52
PAROXETINE HCL 55 55 65 38
LANTUS 53 38 66 30
ABILIFY 52 21 67 91
PLAVIX 52 52 67 75
LEXAPRO 51 47 69 125
LOVASTATIN 51 51 69 29
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 47 69 101
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 34 72 61
CEPHALEXIN 50 49 72 70
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths 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.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 Sept. 11, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.