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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,840Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 43

$1.44M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 43

1,989 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

32% of this provider’s 1,989 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 1,989 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 22,408 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,828 1,561 S3 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,226 1,172 2 1
OXYCODONE HCL 925 615 S2 3 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 826 769 4 2
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 804 586 S2 5 17
FENTANYL 704 557 S2 6 31
SIMVASTATIN 703 629 7 6
LISINOPRIL 663 605 8 3
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 639 363 S2 9 34
FUROSEMIDE 584 564 10 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 490 419 11 9
OXYCONTIN 447 305 S2 12 45
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 404 390 13 8
OMEPRAZOLE 391 375 14 7
LYRICA 355 211 15 58
DONEPEZIL HCL 324 314 16 13
NAMENDA 322 322 17 24
METHADONE HCL 317 221 S2 18 62
CITALOPRAM HBR 307 280 19 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 303 272 20 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 286 250 21 33
GABAPENTIN 285 197 22 11
METFORMIN HCL 259 237 23 12
MIRTAZAPINE 255 255 24 21
CYMBALTA 247 185 25 32
SERTRALINE HCL 237 237 26 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 231 197 27 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 213 197 28 23
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 210 110 S2 29 113
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 201 181 30 14
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 195 190 31 46
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 191 159 32 19
ATENOLOL 183 179 33 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 174 170 34 18
CARVEDILOL 169 144 35 40
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 166 157 36 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 165 156 37 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 164 162 38 49
KLOR-CON M20 156 151 39 55
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 152 152 40 50
LANTUS 149 119 41 30
MORPHINE SULFATE 147 126 S2 42 74
EXELON 147 147 42 91
ALLOPURINOL 146 146 44 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 139 138 45 27
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 130 121 46 44
OLANZAPINE 129 116 47 36
LOVASTATIN 128 123 48 29
DIOVAN 111 110 49 69
FAMOTIDINE 108 103 50 51
SEROQUEL 106 98 51 67
TRAMADOL HCL 101 101 52 20
SPIRIVA 101 95 52 54
FINASTERIDE 99 99 54 75
TRAZODONE HCL 97 92 55 47
RISPERIDONE 96 91 56 41
DIGOXIN 94 94 57 67
NEXIUM 93 85 58 88
CLOPIDOGREL 92 87 59 57
RANITIDINE HCL 91 86 60 39
PREDNISONE 90 88 61 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 86 62 42
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 87 52 62 86
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 78 64 60
SPIRONOLACTONE 83 75 65 59
KLOR-CON 10 82 82 66 83
SYNTHROID 82 79 66 158
CRESTOR 82 82 66 116
LIDODERM 82 75 66 48
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 81 70 132
GLIPIZIDE 78 69 71 35
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 74 65 S3 72 162
VERAPAMIL ER 74 74 72 162
PLAVIX 74 67 72 75
LEVETIRACETAM 74 43 72 66
JANUVIA 73 55 76 104
PROPRANOLOL HCL 73 53 76 101
PAROXETINE HCL 72 62 78 38
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 71 62 79 137
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 71 71 79 73
VESICARE 71 71 79 165
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 66 82 105
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69 55 83 61
RAMIPRIL 66 66 84 95
KLOR-CON M10 63 59 85 96
LATANOPROST 63 63 85 115
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 58 87 176
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 53 87 72
LEXAPRO 60 60 89 125
NOVOLOG 57 56 90 99
BYSTOLIC 57 44 90 182
BENAZEPRIL HCL 56 56 92 183
VENLAFAXINE HCL 55 47 93 102
NYSTATIN 54 51 94 87
HYDRALAZINE HCL 53 45 95 85
VIMPAT 53 48 95 191
GLIPIZIDE ER 51 40 97 124
HALOPERIDOL 51 46 97 79
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 Aug. 9, 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.