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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,655Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 16

$754K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 16

438 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

19% of this provider’s 438 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 438 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 14,143 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% 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

36 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 668 641 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 559 502 2 6
FUROSEMIDE 552 520 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 518 507 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 511 442 5 8
LISINOPRIL 477 463 6 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 364 346 S3 7 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 316 309 8 13
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 316 288 8 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 298 288 10 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 292 283 11 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 286 271 12 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 265 241 13 22
MIRTAZAPINE 261 259 14 14
GABAPENTIN 247 210 15 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 224 201 16 24
NAMENDA 223 223 17 15
SERTRALINE HCL 216 196 18 16
LANTUS 214 202 19 20
TRAMADOL HCL 188 181 20 17
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 168 163 21 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 162 137 22 7
CYMBALTA 158 145 23 28
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 154 154 24 50
ATENOLOL 152 143 25 38
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 145 121 26 49
NYSTOP 142 126 27 75
METFORMIN HCL 137 136 28 18
PREDNISONE 130 108 29 36
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 127 127 30 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 100 31 30
TRAZODONE HCL 115 96 32 26
OXYCODONE HCL 114 79 S2 33 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 111 34 39
SPIRONOLACTONE 111 73 35 45
CARVEDILOL 110 108 36 44
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 104 37 25
GLIPIZIDE ER 104 100 37 100
PAROXETINE HCL 95 87 39 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 95 94 39 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 66 39 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 91 91 42 47
TRAVATAN Z 89 89 43 114
SPIRIVA 88 80 44 43
SEROQUEL 83 83 45 56
FENTANYL 83 63 S2 45 31
LIDODERM 79 79 47 27
LEVETIRACETAM 79 56 47 57
LEXAPRO 77 77 49 118
CLOPIDOGREL 77 77 49 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 56 51 40
LACTULOSE 76 73 51 97
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 72 56 S2 53 54
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 71 49 S2 54 42
LATANOPROST 68 68 55 87
DIOVAN 68 68 55 86
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 67 53 57 41
EXELON 66 66 58 78
ALLOPURINOL 66 61 58 48
HYDRALAZINE HCL 66 66 58 93
BACLOFEN 65 53 61 65
DIGOXIN 64 64 62 53
RISPERIDONE 64 64 62 23
PLAVIX 63 63 64 113
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 58 65 58
FINASTERIDE 61 61 66 93
KETOCONAZOLE 61 61 66 154
KLOR-CON M20 61 61 66 34
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 60 45 69 104
OXYCONTIN 59 12 S2 70 63
GLIPIZIDE 59 59 70 69
NEXIUM 58 58 72 156
NYSTATIN 56 53 73 55
TIMOLOL MALEATE 55 55 74 160
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 22 75 85
ABILIFY 51 35 75 72
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 51 51 75 77
OLANZAPINE 50 41 78 35
GALANTAMINE HBR 50 50 78 120
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 Sept. 9, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.