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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,128Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 1300

$715K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 1300

205 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
100% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 205 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 12,196 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

64 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 484 464 1 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 474 441 2 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 451 419 3 1
ATENOLOL 438 372 4 12
OMEPRAZOLE 356 334 5 4
LIDODERM 355 354 6 74
METFORMIN HCL 352 318 7 7
VOLTAREN 351 350 8 124
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 349 311 9 18
CREON 338 320 10 169
SIMVASTATIN 333 316 11 3
FUROSEMIDE 301 277 12 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 297 284 13 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 264 235 14 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 239 216 15 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 210 185 16 10
NEXIUM 201 189 17 46
RANITIDINE HCL 188 187 18 27
MECLIZINE HCL 186 178 19 172
DIGOXIN 182 175 20 48
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 180 156 21 13
DICYCLOMINE HCL 176 164 22 175
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 164 162 23 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 149 149 24 9
LACTULOSE 146 146 25 132
LIPITOR 145 140 26 126
GABAPENTIN 142 135 27 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 140 127 28 11
LOVAZA 128 117 29 159
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 128 128 29 197
CELEBREX 112 112 31 95
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 112 104 S3 31 5
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 109 33 78
AMMONIUM LACTATE 108 108 34 206
DONEPEZIL HCL 107 88 35 32
CRESTOR 98 86 36 39
NITROSTAT 97 97 37 213
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 96 96 38 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 54 39 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 61 40 21
CLOPIDOGREL 77 70 41 64
PLAVIX 75 73 42 112
JANUVIA 75 75 42 92
CARVEDILOL 74 74 44 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 74 60 44 133
SERTRALINE HCL 73 73 46 26
IBUPROFEN 72 71 47 72
PROPRANOLOL HCL 72 72 47 116
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 71 61 49 111
CLONIDINE HCL 71 71 49 102
GLIPIZIDE 71 69 49 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 69 64 52 30
BYSTOLIC 68 68 53 117
ALLOPURINOL 67 67 54 29
ZETIA 67 67 54 105
LYRICA 66 66 56 75
GLYBURIDE 66 55 R 56 76
TRAMADOL HCL 56 51 58 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 52 59 65
DIOVAN HCT 51 51 60 202
GEMFIBROZIL 50 39 61 90
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 16, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.