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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,690Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 60 out of 1300

$457K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 1300

463 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

8% of this provider’s 463 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 463 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 6,607 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

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
LISINOPRIL 346 310 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 315 231 S3 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 313 291 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 308 267 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 244 205 5 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 199 176 6 9
OMEPRAZOLE 190 167 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 170 166 8 7
FUROSEMIDE 161 147 9 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 147 130 10 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 134 123 11 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 133 120 12 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 132 113 13 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 126 122 14 11
GABAPENTIN 118 93 15 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 117 106 16 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 94 17 10
CARVEDILOL 89 73 18 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 84 71 19 13
ATENOLOL 76 71 20 12
CLOPIDOGREL 74 67 21 64
ADVAIR DISKUS 70 70 22 41
CRESTOR 69 64 23 39
TRAMADOL HCL 67 53 24 17
CLONIDINE HCL 65 51 25 102
DIGOXIN 64 64 26 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 64 61 26 25
ALLOPURINOL 64 64 26 29
TRAZODONE HCL 63 55 29 34
NAMENDA 63 62 29 51
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 57 31 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 57 32 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 57 47 33 14
GEMFIBROZIL 57 48 33 90
LOVASTATIN 55 55 35 22
JANUVIA 53 50 36 92
MIRTAZAPINE 52 49 37 50
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 7, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.