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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,893Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 43

$883K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 43

819 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

20% of this provider’s 819 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 819 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 13,156 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 916 867 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 661 627 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 566 510 3 4
LISINOPRIL 505 448 4 3
NAMENDA 383 376 5 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 321 275 6 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 309 294 7 13
SIMVASTATIN 305 262 8 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 298 261 S3 9 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 293 262 10 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 283 253 11 8
GABAPENTIN 258 209 12 11
TRAMADOL HCL 208 203 13 20
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 186 165 14 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 180 168 15 14
SERTRALINE HCL 177 167 16 25
OLANZAPINE 169 149 17 36
MIRTAZAPINE 169 163 17 21
METFORMIN HCL 167 150 19 12
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 166 166 20 46
OMEPRAZOLE 164 160 21 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 141 125 22 23
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 135 107 23 26
LANTUS 133 88 24 30
DIGOXIN 132 127 25 67
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 132 118 25 50
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 128 118 27 53
CYMBALTA 123 111 28 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 120 105 29 18
CARVEDILOL 113 95 30 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 113 107 30 28
FENTANYL 112 101 S2 32 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 109 88 33 22
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 79 34 49
CLOPIDOGREL 105 99 34 57
KLOR-CON M20 102 95 36 55
ATENOLOL 100 99 37 16
FAMOTIDINE 99 91 38 51
LEVETIRACETAM 95 56 39 66
RANITIDINE HCL 95 90 39 39
RISPERIDONE 90 78 41 41
SPIRIVA 89 83 42 54
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 86 72 43 64
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 85 69 S2 44 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 84 84 45 42
OXYCODONE HCL 79 62 S2 46 15
LEVOFLOXACIN 79 70 46 65
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 79 71 46 33
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 78 74 49 129
PAROXETINE HCL 77 69 50 38
NYSTATIN 76 56 51 87
LIDODERM 73 73 52 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 70 60 53 61
EXELON 69 67 54 91
KLOR-CON M10 68 63 55 96
SPIRONOLACTONE 68 59 55 59
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 57 57 97
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 64 59 58 44
PREDNISONE 63 50 59 43
BACLOFEN 62 21 60 63
ALLOPURINOL 61 49 61 52
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 58 62 19
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 59 48 S2 63 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 59 52 63 77
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 58 46 65 120
TRAZODONE HCL 58 44 65 47
ONDANSETRON HCL 55 51 67 147
CEPHALEXIN 55 43 67 70
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 55 51 67 27
PLAVIX 55 53 67 75
FRAGMIN 55 55 67 186
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 47 72 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 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.