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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,894Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 43

$342K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 43

621 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

10% of this provider’s 621 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 621 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,440 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 19.


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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
LISINOPRIL 482 460 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 304 304 2 1
LOVASTATIN 301 295 3 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 295 278 S3 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 258 232 5 7
SIMVASTATIN 251 250 6 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 215 215 7 9
METFORMIN HCL 206 154 8 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 183 183 9 19
FUROSEMIDE 172 162 10 4
GABAPENTIN 159 128 11 11
PAROXETINE HCL 155 151 12 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 154 154 13 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 143 128 14 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 119 116 15 18
ATENOLOL 111 106 16 16
CARVEDILOL 108 108 17 40
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 108 93 17 89
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 103 97 19 60
WARFARIN SODIUM 100 100 20 2
GLIPIZIDE 92 88 21 35
RANITIDINE HCL 87 87 22 39
DIOVAN 86 82 23 69
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 85 85 24 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 79 25 22
TRAZODONE HCL 77 76 26 47
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 62 S2 27 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 74 74 28 23
CLOPIDOGREL 73 73 29 57
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 67 67 30 61
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 65 63 31 28
LANTUS 63 60 32 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 63 57 32 27
GLYBURIDE 60 58 R 34 94
OXYCODONE HCL 58 51 S2 35 15
MIRTAZAPINE 54 50 36 21
CELEBREX 53 52 37 138
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 52 38 49
PREDNISONE 51 50 39 43
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 39 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51 49 39 33
CITALOPRAM HBR 50 48 42 10
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. 27, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.