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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,915Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 87 out of 1300

$323K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 130 out of 1300

422 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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
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this specialty
in Colorado
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 422 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 422 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 5,788 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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 334 322 1 1
LISINOPRIL 277 246 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 268 240 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 238 198 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 214 202 5 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 175 153 6 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 135 94 S3 7 5
PREDNISONE 121 108 8 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 111 99 9 11
GABAPENTIN 109 77 10 15
METFORMIN HCL 107 95 11 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 103 89 12 10
MELOXICAM 101 93 13 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 98 14 25
SERTRALINE HCL 96 75 15 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 96 92 15 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 85 17 16
ATENOLOL 90 78 17 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 87 74 19 6
KLOR-CON M10 85 85 20 144
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 79 73 21 20
CARVEDILOL 78 67 22 38
PAROXETINE HCL 76 67 23 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76 64 23 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 72 65 25 41
LANTUS 71 57 26 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 68 58 27 23
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 28 S2 28 28
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 66 58 28 128
TRAMADOL HCL 65 49 30 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 63 59 31 19
ALLOPURINOL 61 57 32 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58 28 33 14
NEXIUM 57 57 34 46
RANITIDINE HCL 57 45 34 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 56 36 82
FENTANYL 56 52 S2 36 56
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 55 52 38 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 54 41 39 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 51 46 40 36
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 April 10, 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.