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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,096Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 126 out of 1300

$274K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 199 out of 1300

187 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

21% of this provider’s 187 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 187 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 5,872 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

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 358 358 1 1
FENTANYL 307 307 S2 2 56
SIMVASTATIN 283 270 3 3
LISINOPRIL 269 265 4 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 219 214 5 18
FUROSEMIDE 219 219 5 8
METFORMIN HCL 161 158 7 7
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 146 146 S2 8 28
OMEPRAZOLE 139 127 9 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 125 125 10 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 121 11 32
PAROXETINE HCL 119 115 12 59
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 109 105 13 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 109 109 13 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 108 106 15 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 102 102 16 16
SERTRALINE HCL 96 96 17 26
ATENOLOL 92 92 18 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 77 73 19 54
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 75 S3 20 5
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 73 20 S3 21 120
TRAMADOL HCL 66 63 22 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 63 23 82
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 60 59 24 13
ADVAIR DISKUS 59 59 25 41
GABAPENTIN 58 58 26 15
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 58 26 93
TAMSULOSIN HCL 55 43 28 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 50 29 23
CARVEDILOL 54 54 29 38
CLOPIDOGREL 53 53 31 64
FORTICAL 52 52 32 339
DIGOXIN 51 51 33 48
VOLTAREN 51 51 33 124
RISPERIDONE 51 51 33 77
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 Jan. 17, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.