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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,363Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 43

$344K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 43

390 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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

9% of this provider’s 390 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 390 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 5,613 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 22%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 303 287 1 1
LISINOPRIL 238 216 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 207 195 3 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 188 173 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 186 166 S3 5 5
SERTRALINE HCL 161 150 6 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 139 133 7 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 133 124 8 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 131 131 9 9
OMEPRAZOLE 130 125 10 7
NAMENDA 127 119 11 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 119 92 12 10
SIMVASTATIN 118 99 13 6
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 101 81 14 26
GABAPENTIN 98 65 15 11
TRAMADOL HCL 85 78 16 20
MIRTAZAPINE 81 71 17 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 61 18 33
TAMSULOSIN HCL 77 70 18 22
SEROQUEL 73 57 20 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 62 21 18
CEPHALEXIN 61 60 22 70
KLOR-CON M10 59 59 23 96
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 56 52 24 53
PREDNISONE 55 54 25 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 53 53 26 23
FAMOTIDINE 53 52 26 51
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 52 36 28 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 51 45 29 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 50 30 19
LANTUS 50 39 30 30
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, 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.