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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,580Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 16

$2M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 16

658 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

22% of this provider’s 658 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 658 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 25,159 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

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 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 1,447 1,193 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,323 1,165 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,199 982 S3 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 1,015 863 4 4
GABAPENTIN 976 664 5 9
LISINOPRIL 908 760 6 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 839 660 7 7
SIMVASTATIN 704 455 8 6
LANTUS 647 498 9 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 507 443 10 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 497 432 11 10
MIRTAZAPINE 444 400 12 14
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 426 337 13 19
RISPERIDONE 417 351 14 23
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 400 254 15 24
OMEPRAZOLE 397 313 16 8
LIDODERM 389 325 17 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 387 332 18 22
TRAZODONE HCL 368 274 19 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 325 302 20 11
FAMOTIDINE 304 208 21 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 302 250 22 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 301 250 23 12
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 295 196 24 49
OLANZAPINE 292 214 25 35
HUMALOG 288 197 26 67
KLOR-CON M20 275 242 27 34
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 273 190 28 33
NAMENDA 261 244 29 15
METFORMIN HCL 251 220 30 18
SERTRALINE HCL 249 193 31 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 249 181 31 30
OXYCODONE HCL 249 145 S2 31 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 246 196 34 41
NOVOLOG 244 174 35 76
RANITIDINE HCL 235 199 36 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 227 183 37 45
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 226 150 38 70
SPIRIVA 224 147 39 43
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 221 145 40 25
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 214 151 S2 41 54
SEROQUEL 214 150 41 56
CLONIDINE HCL 213 144 43 83
LEVETIRACETAM 207 109 44 57
LEVOFLOXACIN 204 166 45 61
FENTANYL 201 146 S2 46 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 191 147 47 59
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 190 158 48 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 190 145 48 40
ALLOPURINOL 179 167 50 48
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 176 128 51 74
CEPHALEXIN 175 129 52 71
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 171 153 53 60
CARVEDILOL 171 156 53 44
NYSTATIN 162 120 55 55
PREDNISONE 160 126 56 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 159 85 57 46
BUMETANIDE 159 146 57 92
METHADONE HCL 152 99 S2 59 79
KLOR-CON M10 146 108 60 80
DIGOXIN 138 105 61 53
MORPHINE SULFATE 133 107 S2 62 81
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 132 71 63 101
VENLAFAXINE HCL 131 92 64 68
ABILIFY 129 82 65 72
NYSTOP 128 100 66 75
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 120 118 67 50
GLIPIZIDE 120 111 67 69
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 119 98 69 58
PAROXETINE HCL 116 113 70 36
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 116 104 70 128
TRAMADOL HCL 116 96 70 17
CARBAMAZEPINE 116 76 70 90
HALOPERIDOL 112 83 74 88
CYMBALTA 109 58 75 28
ATENOLOL 109 88 75 38
BACLOFEN 109 14 75 65
ERYTHROMYCIN 109 97 75 131
BUPROPION HCL SR 104 77 79 133
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 104 39 79 133
SYNTHROID 103 103 81 82
FLUOXETINE HCL 102 71 82 85
TIZANIDINE HCL 101 36 83 95
LATANOPROST 101 100 83 87
LAMOTRIGINE 99 40 85 109
AGGRENOX 96 73 86 110
GLIPIZIDE ER 93 74 87 100
CLONIDINE 90 67 88 137
OXYCONTIN 89 68 S2 89 63
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 87 66 90 106
OLANZAPINE ODT 87 63 90 138
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 85 56 92 47
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 84 38 93 73
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 84 33 93 115
ACETIC ACID 84 33 10 93 108
JANUVIA 82 80 96 121
CLOPIDOGREL 80 62 97 62
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 79 75 98 139
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 79 64 98 112
COMBIVENT 78 42 100 140
BUPROPION HCL 76 70 101 116
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 76 47 101 142
EXELON 76 76 101 78
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 31 S2 104 42
VOLTAREN 75 64 104 103
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74 66 106 39
FINASTERIDE 73 73 107 93
TOPIRAMATE 73 22 107 119
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 67 63 S2 109 98
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 66 36 110 147
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 54 110 84
AZITHROMYCIN 65 47 112 105
PROMETHAZINE HCL 65 50 R 112 111
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 65 52 112 104
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 64 42 115 149
CLOZAPINE 63 31 116 153
PATANOL 60 49 117 122
RESTASIS 56 56 118 158
KLOR-CON 10 56 55 118 128
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 56 46 R 118 88
TRAVATAN Z 56 53 118 114
METOLAZONE 55 54 122 160
DIOVAN 54 53 123 86
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 53 28 124 163
CHOLESTYRAMINE 52 49 125 130
GEMFIBROZIL 52 36 125 165
METRONIDAZOLE 51 37 127 166
SYMBICORT 51 46 127 166
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.