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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,520Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 256 out of 1300

$233K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 279 out of 1300

318 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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
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this specialty
in Colorado
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 318 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 318 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 2,836 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 224 139 1 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 165 115 2 1
LISINOPRIL 159 101 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 145 88 4 4
SIMVASTATIN 130 92 5 3
CARVEDILOL 113 56 6 38
TRAMADOL HCL 104 69 7 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 104 50 7 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 70 9 10
FUROSEMIDE 93 66 10 8
METFORMIN HCL ER 93 65 10 61
SERTRALINE HCL 90 52 12 26
METFORMIN HCL 86 38 13 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 82 53 14 23
MELOXICAM 75 42 15 47
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 36 16 78
GABAPENTIN 69 31 17 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 26 18 21
NEXIUM 56 42 19 46
RANITIDINE HCL 54 17 20 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 53 30 21 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 51 44 22 19
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 March 13, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.