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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,143Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 43

$362K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 43

462 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 462 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 462 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 7,094 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 22%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
LISINOPRIL 448 448 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 337 331 2 1
LOVASTATIN 327 323 3 29
OMEPRAZOLE 261 256 4 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 240 240 5 19
SIMVASTATIN 223 223 6 6
ATENOLOL 197 197 7 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 192 189 8 9
FUROSEMIDE 164 164 9 4
METFORMIN HCL 162 162 10 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 161 161 11 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 161 161 S3 11 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 136 136 13 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 134 130 14 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 120 15 27
GABAPENTIN 117 117 16 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 109 109 17 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 109 109 17 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 101 101 19 14
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 95 90 20 82
SPIRIVA 94 94 21 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 89 89 22 49
DONEPEZIL HCL 82 82 23 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 80 80 24 23
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 75 S2 25 17
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 73 73 26 89
OXYCONTIN 69 69 S2 27 45
PROAIR HFA 67 67 28 71
TRAMADOL HCL 60 60 29 20
PREDNISONE 56 56 30 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 54 54 31 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53 53 32 33
PLAVIX 52 52 33 75
CLOPIDOGREL 50 50 34 57
DIOVAN 50 50 34 69
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 50 34 60
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 Feb. 3, 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.