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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,635Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 1300

$723K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 1300

415 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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

13% of this provider’s 415 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 415 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 7,237 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 664 275 S3 1 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 620 379 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 435 264 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 386 175 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 372 305 5 6
LISINOPRIL 314 220 6 2
NEXIUM 284 186 7 46
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 279 101 S2 8 83
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 266 183 9 13
PROAIR HFA 241 125 10 42
GABAPENTIN 226 145 11 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 205 137 12 10
METFORMIN HCL 198 119 13 7
GLYBURIDE 193 150 R 14 76
IBUPROFEN 191 93 15 72
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 182 117 16 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 174 62 17 14
CRESTOR 158 80 18 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 145 91 19 9
FUROSEMIDE 145 96 19 8
TRAMADOL HCL 143 95 21 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 139 111 22 16
RANITIDINE HCL 134 86 23 27
VENTOLIN HFA 133 66 24 109
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 126 93 R 25 167
LYRICA 122 72 26 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 102 27 25
LIPITOR 116 81 28 126
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 116 63 R 28 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 114 51 30 41
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 56 31 21
PAROXETINE HCL 95 57 32 59
KLOR-CON M20 86 71 33 60
FLUOXETINE HCL 84 43 34 31
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 82 54 35 101
GEMFIBROZIL 79 32 36 90
LOVASTATIN 76 58 37 22
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 50 37 54
JANUVIA 74 41 39 92
CITALOPRAM HBR 72 53 40 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 71 68 41 20
OXYCODONE HCL 71 39 S2 41 35
ATENOLOL 70 36 43 12
TRICOR 70 31 43 170
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 68 40 45 18
SINGULAIR 68 14 45 179
AZITHROMYCIN 67 34 47 79
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 66 36 48 87
NAPROXEN 66 40 48 104
DICYCLOMINE HCL 64 41 50 175
SPIRIVA 63 41 51 45
PREDNISONE 63 20 51 40
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 43 53 106
TRAZODONE HCL 57 12 54 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56 38 55 36
PROPRANOLOL HCL 54 0 56 116
SERTRALINE HCL 54 44 56 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 53 29 58 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50 35 59 149
ESTRADIOL 50 50 R 59 85
PREMARIN 50 41 R 59 131
ACTOS 50 23 59 121
TIZANIDINE HCL 50 0 59 163
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 May 29, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.