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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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4,671Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 253

$379K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 253

190 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

15% of this provider’s 190 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 190 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 3,226 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$81 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $70 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 135 76 1 4
SYNTHROID 135 113 1 62
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 126 79 3 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 98 65 4 19
LISINOPRIL 91 79 5 1
OXYCODONE HCL 90 15 S2 6 10
FUROSEMIDE 89 58 7 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 85 84 8 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 82 75 9 7
CARVEDILOL 80 47 10 48
ZETIA 79 67 11 118
PREDNISONE 78 65 12 30
OMEPRAZOLE 77 30 13 5
CRESTOR 72 58 14 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 57 15 27
GABAPENTIN 67 47 16 8
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 66 0 S2 17 20
LOVAZA 64 42 18 95
MIRTAZAPINE 63 51 19 141
OXYCONTIN 62 0 S2 20 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 60 50 21 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 60 60 21 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 26 S3 23 3
METFORMIN HCL 53 44 24 6
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 28 25 109
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. 21, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.