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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,414Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 66 out of 1300

$356K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 96 out of 1300

326 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

7% of this provider’s 326 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 326 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 5,872 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 330 276 S3 1 5
LISINOPRIL 299 256 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 279 220 3 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 237 213 4 18
SIMVASTATIN 215 186 5 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 203 182 6 9
FUROSEMIDE 202 176 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 157 142 8 6
METFORMIN HCL 156 113 9 7
GABAPENTIN 156 115 9 15
OMEPRAZOLE 154 120 11 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 145 121 12 23
ATENOLOL 138 118 13 12
ALLOPURINOL 125 92 14 29
TRAMADOL HCL 103 88 15 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 97 82 16 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 95 85 17 20
GLIPIZIDE 88 72 18 33
GLIPIZIDE XL 83 71 19 142
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 76 61 20 13
GENERLAC 75 65 21 217
KLOR-CON M20 71 49 22 60
TRAZODONE HCL 70 23 23 34
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 59 24 21
BUPROPION HCL 65 41 25 255
SERTRALINE HCL 63 61 26 26
MELOXICAM 63 60 26 47
CITALOPRAM HBR 62 62 28 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 60 55 29 14
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 39 30 31
ACTOS 57 54 31 121
DOXEPIN HCL 57 45 31 218
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 55 18 33 36
LANTUS 55 42 33 43
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 43 35 30
VENTOLIN HFA 52 17 36 109
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 June 10, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.