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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,808Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 91 out of 1300

$350K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 104 out of 1300

361 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

10% of this provider’s 361 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 361 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,091 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 716 669 1 9
LISINOPRIL 279 243 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 247 239 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 226 214 4 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 206 182 5 11
GABAPENTIN 168 143 6 15
SIMVASTATIN 135 115 7 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 132 120 8 6
TRAMADOL HCL 131 124 9 17
SERTRALINE HCL 107 107 10 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 102 98 11 32
OMEPRAZOLE 96 78 12 4
CYMBALTA 89 56 13 44
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 77 14 87
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 76 61 15 65
KLOR-CON M20 74 73 16 60
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 73 73 17 62
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 64 18 55
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 70 70 19 84
CITALOPRAM HBR 68 67 20 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 67 67 21 57
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 53 22 25
MIRTAZAPINE 64 53 23 50
PAROXETINE HCL 64 59 23 59
TRAZODONE HCL 64 52 23 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 59 55 26 13
FAMOTIDINE 58 48 27 73
METHENAMINE HIPPURATE 56 42 28 321
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 54 29 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 52 S3 30 5
LANTUS 52 47 31 43
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 32 68
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 Feb. 18, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.