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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,111Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 1300

$580K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 1300

362 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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 362 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 362 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 8,425 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 430 363 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 329 225 S3 2 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 302 228 3 18
LISINOPRIL 297 236 4 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 291 234 5 23
OMEPRAZOLE 262 228 6 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 250 223 7 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 245 206 8 9
RANITIDINE HCL 234 143 9 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 226 176 10 11
SIMVASTATIN 206 184 11 3
GABAPENTIN 201 127 12 15
TRAMADOL HCL 196 153 13 17
FUROSEMIDE 169 151 14 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 160 100 15 19
METFORMIN HCL 157 103 16 7
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 116 17 21
PREDNISONE 129 103 18 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 81 19 10
ATENOLOL 106 87 20 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 91 21 16
FENTANYL 105 46 S2 21 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 105 105 21 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 102 89 24 20
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 87 75 25 82
LANTUS 86 48 26 43
PAROXETINE HCL 83 69 27 59
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 43 28 31
SERTRALINE HCL 79 75 29 26
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 78 27 30 57
TERAZOSIN HCL 78 60 30 52
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 76 54 32 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 75 73 33 65
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 74 54 34 122
GLIMEPIRIDE 73 38 35 96
MELOXICAM 70 57 36 47
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 67 61 37 143
RISPERIDONE 66 47 38 77
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 53 39 54
LOVASTATIN 64 57 39 22
OLANZAPINE 64 23 39 86
LITHIUM CARBONATE 64 14 39 168
HALOPERIDOL 64 44 39 224
SPIRIVA 60 44 44 45
KLOR-CON M20 58 58 45 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 39 46 41
VERAPAMIL ER 54 34 47 134
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 52 47 97
FAMOTIDINE 53 46 49 73
ALLOPURINOL 53 41 49 29
CLOZAPINE 52 44 51 193
TRAZODONE HCL 50 45 52 34
MIRTAZAPINE 50 41 52 50
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 March 12, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.