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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,058Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 159

$422K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 159

187 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

23% of this provider’s 187 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 187 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,876 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 31%.

Prescription Price

$70 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $110 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 220 193 1 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 193 193 2 2
LISINOPRIL 184 184 3 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 144 144 4 23
LIDODERM 143 143 5 82
BUMETANIDE 137 135 6 120
LANTUS 128 128 7 35
FUROSEMIDE 126 124 8 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 111 111 S3 9 1
FENTANYL 103 103 S2 10 56
CYMBALTA 103 100 10 29
KLOR-CON M20 101 100 12 70
MIRTAZAPINE 98 98 13 69
PREDNISONE 91 80 14 7
SIMVASTATIN 86 86 15 4
OMEPRAZOLE 86 86 15 6
METFORMIN HCL 84 83 17 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 81 75 18 9
NOVOLOG 79 79 19 140
ROPINIROLE HCL 73 73 20 95
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 69 69 21 21
GABAPENTIN 68 68 22 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 68 68 22 27
NAMENDA 65 65 24 71
CLONIDINE HCL 62 60 25 158
CEPHALEXIN 59 59 26 54
ABILIFY 59 59 26 138
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 56 28 22
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 53 S2 29 25
BACLOFEN 53 44 30 80
TRAMADOL HCL 51 50 31 18
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 51 31 113
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 14, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.