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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,258Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 117 out of 1300

$344K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 107 out of 1300

397 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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 397 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 397 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 4,026 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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
LISINOPRIL 333 236 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 281 142 S3 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 214 196 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 194 136 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 191 95 5 4
GABAPENTIN 190 86 6 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 188 161 7 1
METFORMIN HCL 136 90 8 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 118 90 9 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 116 86 10 36
SERTRALINE HCL 109 62 11 26
OXYCODONE HCL 105 19 S2 12 35
LOVASTATIN 105 91 12 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 67 14 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91 65 15 24
ATENOLOL 89 66 16 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 84 74 17 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 74 18 25
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 76 46 19 122
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 71 41 20 23
IBUPROFEN 68 24 21 72
CITALOPRAM HBR 65 46 22 19
TRAZODONE HCL 65 22 22 34
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 62 35 24 14
PROAIR HFA 60 40 25 42
FUROSEMIDE 60 48 25 8
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 32 27 30
FENOFIBRATE 51 41 28 81
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 April 25, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.