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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,383Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 253

$249K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 253

288 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

8% of this provider’s 288 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 288 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 4,051 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $70 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 337 191 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 261 187 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 255 210 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 248 158 4 5
GABAPENTIN 181 100 5 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 172 116 S3 6 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 161 113 7 2
TRAMADOL HCL 154 111 8 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 150 129 9 7
RANITIDINE HCL 124 81 10 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 104 11 22
FUROSEMIDE 112 62 12 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 54 13 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 55 13 9
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 106 47 R 15 55
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 102 50 16 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 96 71 17 24
VENTOLIN HFA 80 60 18 73
GEMFIBROZIL 79 23 19 63
LANTUS 75 49 20 46
ATENOLOL 75 56 20 33
GLYBURIDE 74 55 R 22 72
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74 54 22 27
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 24 S2 24 14
MELOXICAM 69 46 25 23
SERTRALINE HCL 63 20 26 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 62 45 27 13
IBUPROFEN 61 40 28 39
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 37 29 84
TRAZODONE HCL 56 25 30 47
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 31 31 44
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 21 32 32
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.