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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,866Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 39 out of 1300

$494K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 30 out of 1300

344 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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

12% of this provider’s 344 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 344 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,056 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 583 497 1 1
LISINOPRIL 542 472 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 312 275 3 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 211 146 S3 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 211 170 4 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 211 177 4 23
METFORMIN HCL 159 132 7 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 153 148 8 9
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 140 132 9 65
SIMVASTATIN 139 127 10 3
GABAPENTIN 138 96 11 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 122 84 12 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 118 99 13 19
TRAMADOL HCL 116 100 14 17
PREDNISONE 116 102 14 40
CARVEDILOL 113 91 16 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 109 95 17 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 98 18 25
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 95 50 S2 19 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 92 85 20 6
JANUVIA 89 67 21 92
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 76 22 10
SERTRALINE HCL 84 77 23 26
ZETIA 79 70 24 105
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 75 68 25 11
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 74 74 26 139
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 72 51 27 13
LOVASTATIN 64 62 28 22
DIOVAN 64 57 28 66
DIGOXIN 63 63 30 48
RANITIDINE HCL 61 47 31 27
FENTANYL 60 49 S2 32 56
AZITHROMYCIN 58 49 33 79
ATENOLOL 57 48 34 12
LACTULOSE 57 56 34 132
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 56 24 36 14
ALLOPURINOL 55 55 37 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 30 37 30
CELEBREX 54 36 39 95
CEPHALEXIN 53 28 40 89
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 25 41 41
KLOR-CON M20 50 46 42 60
ESTRADIOL 50 30 R 42 85
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.