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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,942Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 16

$932K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 16

424 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

19% of this provider’s 424 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 424 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 13,277 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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 799 671 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 691 634 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 590 522 3 4
LISINOPRIL 576 478 4 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 449 391 5 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 434 391 6 11
SIMVASTATIN 414 295 7 6
TRAMADOL HCL 399 345 8 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 320 263 9 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 314 283 10 10
NAMENDA 311 296 11 15
SERTRALINE HCL 295 273 12 16
METFORMIN HCL 275 219 13 18
GABAPENTIN 242 135 14 9
OLANZAPINE 242 189 14 35
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 230 201 S3 16 5
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 212 200 17 19
LANTUS 205 162 18 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 205 186 18 13
RISPERIDONE 204 146 20 23
MIRTAZAPINE 199 179 21 14
ADVAIR DISKUS 182 126 22 40
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 181 151 23 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 176 172 24 21
KLOR-CON M20 144 111 25 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 142 115 26 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 138 116 27 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 137 134 28 22
SEROQUEL 132 123 29 56
ALLOPURINOL 131 115 30 48
OMEPRAZOLE 125 123 31 8
VENLAFAXINE HCL 114 95 32 68
FENTANYL 113 101 S2 33 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 108 60 34 24
SPIRONOLACTONE 101 95 35 45
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 88 36 39
NYSTATIN 97 88 37 55
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 95 59 38 73
CARVEDILOL 92 72 39 44
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 90 77 R 40 88
LEVOFLOXACIN 88 80 41 61
FAMOTIDINE 87 87 42 51
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 87 80 42 58
SPIRIVA 85 65 44 43
PLAVIX 85 79 44 113
PAROXETINE HCL 84 71 46 36
DIGOXIN 82 72 47 53
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 78 78 48 77
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 76 47 49 41
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 65 50 85
HUMALOG 72 57 51 67
CEPHALEXIN 71 53 52 71
DIOVAN 71 58 52 86
FENOFIBRATE 69 68 54 123
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 69 35 54 46
LIDODERM 67 58 56 27
TOPIRAMATE 65 53 57 119
PREDNISONE 62 49 58 36
FINASTERIDE 62 50 58 93
KLOR-CON 10 60 57 60 128
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 60 46 60 47
CHOLESTYRAMINE 59 54 62 130
ABILIFY 58 0 63 72
CLOPIDOGREL 57 55 64 62
CYMBALTA 54 23 65 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 54 49 65 107
LEVETIRACETAM 53 41 67 57
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 52 0 68 74
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 42 69 70
MORPHINE SULFATE 51 45 S2 69 81
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 44 69 84
ONDANSETRON HCL 51 46 69 125
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 33 R 73 135
GLIMEPIRIDE 50 42 73 168
NOVOLOG 50 39 73 76
IBUPROFEN 50 44 73 136
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 Dec. 5, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.