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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,445Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 1300

$926K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 1300

616 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

14% of this provider’s 616 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 616 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 9,182 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 613 412 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 547 443 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 441 309 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 397 360 4 6
LISINOPRIL 330 248 5 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 282 185 S3 6 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 239 110 7 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 233 189 8 19
FUROSEMIDE 232 177 9 8
METFORMIN HCL ER 219 163 10 61
ATENOLOL 209 158 11 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 204 170 12 16
RANITIDINE HCL 196 128 13 27
OXYCODONE HCL 173 53 S2 14 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 140 15 10
FLUOXETINE HCL 156 105 16 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 112 17 25
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 148 70 S2 18 83
METFORMIN HCL 143 114 19 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 139 125 20 13
PROAIR HFA 128 58 21 42
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 128 69 S2 21 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 127 105 23 9
CARVEDILOL 124 101 24 38
SPIRONOLACTONE 124 111 24 55
PREDNISONE 122 97 26 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 120 103 27 32
SERTRALINE HCL 119 117 28 26
SPIRIVA 113 78 29 45
CYMBALTA 111 60 30 44
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 111 81 R 30 63
AZITHROMYCIN 107 78 32 79
GABAPENTIN 101 42 33 15
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 99 27 S2 34 49
NEXIUM 99 70 34 46
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 98 81 36 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 90 37 20
BUPROPION XL 95 61 38 145
ADVAIR DISKUS 95 65 38 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 94 65 40 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 92 65 41 23
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 91 52 42 84
TOPIRAMATE 90 20 43 158
OXYCONTIN 85 38 S2 44 70
DIOVAN 84 66 45 66
TRAMADOL HCL 81 53 46 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 80 67 47 18
GLIPIZIDE 80 50 47 33
LANTUS 78 74 49 43
CLOPIDOGREL 78 68 49 64
GLIMEPIRIDE 77 67 51 96
PLAVIX 76 62 52 112
TRAZODONE HCL 73 58 53 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 72 30 R 54 58
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 71 54 55 122
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 68 37 56 160
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 49 57 87
LOVASTATIN 61 49 58 22
JANUVIA 60 52 59 92
KLOR-CON 10 60 41 59 130
GLIPIZIDE ER 60 44 59 99
RISPERIDONE 57 27 62 77
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57 48 62 94
DIGOXIN 56 47 64 48
CRESTOR 54 39 65 39
MIRTAZAPINE 54 24 65 50
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 37 67 103
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 31 68 106
FENTANYL 51 15 S2 68 56
CELEBREX 50 35 70 95
NYSTATIN 50 34 70 135
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 May 13, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.