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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Emergency Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,240Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 42

$253K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 42

353 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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

7% of this provider’s 353 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 23%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 353 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 6,442 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 12%.

Prescription Price

$35 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $29 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 426 406 1 1
LISINOPRIL 341 325 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 319 287 3 5
METFORMIN HCL 314 272 4 11
OMEPRAZOLE 252 205 5 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 202 194 6 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 196 174 S3 7 3
FUROSEMIDE 193 190 8 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 111 9 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 121 110 10 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 114 97 11 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 107 107 12 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 103 103 13 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 103 101 13 18
ATENOLOL 100 91 15 37
KLOR-CON M20 97 97 16 51
LOVASTATIN 94 93 17 47
SERTRALINE HCL 80 54 18 23
RANITIDINE HCL 80 62 18 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 75 64 20 20
CLOPIDOGREL 73 73 21 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 71 21 36
CITALOPRAM HBR 72 68 23 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 69 68 24 19
PROAIR HFA 67 62 25 94
GABAPENTIN 65 58 26 15
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 65 42 26 98
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 52 28 31
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 61 49 29 105
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 57 30 26
PLAVIX 55 55 31 52
GLYBURIDE 53 51 R 32 57
NAPROXEN 53 43 32 116
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 51 40 34 120
TRAMADOL HCL 50 39 35 39
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. 6, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.