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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,297Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 16

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 16

472 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

16% of this provider’s 472 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 472 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,644 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 26.


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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 1,159 1,083 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 907 836 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 844 831 S3 3 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 712 595 4 7
GABAPENTIN 677 578 5 9
FUROSEMIDE 572 507 6 4
MIRTAZAPINE 572 495 6 14
LISINOPRIL 535 477 8 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 445 431 9 10
SIMVASTATIN 367 289 10 6
RISPERIDONE 367 310 10 23
OMEPRAZOLE 348 313 12 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 333 307 13 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 306 282 14 13
LANTUS 279 227 15 20
LIDODERM 258 251 16 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 258 239 16 21
PREDNISONE 229 221 18 36
METFORMIN HCL 229 214 18 18
SYNTHROID 227 227 20 82
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 201 143 21 60
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 199 187 22 33
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 199 182 22 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 197 162 24 19
ATENOLOL 188 188 25 38
SERTRALINE HCL 178 164 26 16
OXYCODONE HCL 167 155 S2 27 29
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 165 127 S2 28 42
NAMENDA 158 155 29 15
CYMBALTA 147 116 30 28
KLOR-CON M20 146 125 31 34
SPIRONOLACTONE 146 103 31 45
TRAMADOL HCL 145 143 33 17
FAMOTIDINE 141 128 34 51
OLANZAPINE 140 132 35 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 139 133 36 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 133 121 37 22
VENLAFAXINE HCL 127 114 38 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 123 72 39 46
TRAZODONE HCL 122 121 40 26
BACLOFEN 122 56 40 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 120 107 42 40
LEVETIRACETAM 120 74 42 57
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 119 116 44 30
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 119 119 44 50
NYSTATIN 117 108 46 55
LEVOFLOXACIN 117 99 46 61
VOLTAREN 110 109 48 103
HALOPERIDOL 109 109 49 88
RANITIDINE HCL 108 96 50 52
CEPHALEXIN 106 90 51 71
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 106 91 51 25
ABILIFY 102 86 53 72
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 100 84 54 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 100 94 54 58
CARVEDILOL 100 86 54 44
SPIRIVA 98 98 57 43
FENTANYL 96 79 S2 58 31
HUMALOG 96 70 58 67
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 96 89 58 70
PROMETHAZINE HCL 94 43 R 61 111
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 93 83 62 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 92 90 63 39
OXYCONTIN 91 91 S2 64 63
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 86 74 65 106
HYDROXYZINE HCL 85 84 R 66 90
ACETIC ACID 84 41 10 67 108
NOVOLOG 83 72 68 76
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 81 48 S2 69 98
CARBAMAZEPINE 79 38 70 90
KLOR-CON M10 78 76 71 80
AMIODARONE HCL 75 60 72 144
GLIPIZIDE 75 61 72 69
PAROXETINE HCL 74 68 74 36
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 56 75 85
LATANOPROST 72 72 76 87
SEROQUEL 72 60 76 56
NOVOLIN N 71 45 78 145
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 71 19 78 112
MORPHINE SULFATE 70 39 S2 80 81
TIZANIDINE HCL 69 38 81 95
PATANOL 68 57 82 122
BUPROPION HCL 67 64 83 116
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 65 39 84 41
NYSTOP 59 56 85 75
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 59 34 85 104
METHADONE HCL 58 22 S2 87 79
ROPINIROLE HCL 56 50 88 84
EXELON 55 55 89 78
DIGOXIN 54 41 90 53
FINASTERIDE 53 47 91 93
AMOXICILLIN 53 47 91 163
DIOVAN 52 52 93 86
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 51 94 49
CLONIDINE HCL 50 36 95 83
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. 5, 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.