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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,577Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 43

$1.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 43

1,020 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 1,020 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 1,020 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 17,704 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,370 1,009 1 2
LISINOPRIL 837 759 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 737 660 3 1
FUROSEMIDE 700 612 4 4
SIMVASTATIN 692 611 5 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 552 469 S3 6 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 512 423 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 416 385 8 9
OMEPRAZOLE 416 358 8 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 407 391 10 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 362 295 11 10
GABAPENTIN 341 259 12 11
LANTUS 287 210 13 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 283 266 14 22
OXYCODONE HCL 273 161 S2 15 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 273 247 15 23
PAROXETINE HCL 267 248 17 38
CYMBALTA 256 207 18 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 240 204 19 26
KLOR-CON M20 235 215 20 55
NAMENDA 234 226 21 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 214 202 22 27
MIRTAZAPINE 210 205 23 21
METFORMIN HCL 209 175 24 12
LIDODERM 195 185 25 48
TRAMADOL HCL 194 184 26 20
FAMOTIDINE 192 165 27 51
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 185 128 S2 28 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 185 166 28 18
OLANZAPINE 183 150 30 36
RISPERIDONE 182 148 31 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 177 136 32 28
ATENOLOL 168 141 33 16
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 168 153 33 53
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 132 35 19
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 152 137 36 50
SERTRALINE HCL 152 116 36 25
LYRICA 149 90 38 58
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 145 78 S2 39 34
FENTANYL 145 116 S2 39 31
LEVETIRACETAM 143 102 41 66
LACTULOSE 137 87 42 56
DIOVAN 135 122 43 69
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 133 120 44 37
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 131 106 45 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 126 103 46 64
LEVOFLOXACIN 124 100 47 65
KLOR-CON 10 121 114 48 83
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 120 112 49 14
GLIPIZIDE ER 115 102 50 124
PREDNISONE 111 77 51 43
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 110 95 52 44
BACLOFEN 107 50 53 63
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 106 88 54 46
GLIPIZIDE 104 82 55 35
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 102 77 56 82
OXYCONTIN 99 81 S2 57 45
SEROQUEL 97 67 58 67
TRAZODONE HCL 94 63 59 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 93 62 60 33
CEPHALEXIN 93 69 60 70
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 91 64 62 86
AZITHROMYCIN 90 79 63 109
HUMALOG 88 60 64 102
CLOPIDOGREL 84 75 65 57
RANITIDINE HCL 82 63 66 39
SPIRIVA 76 56 67 54
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 56 67 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 61 69 49
KLOR-CON M10 75 64 69 96
CLOZAPINE 74 47 71 84
ROPINIROLE HCL 73 55 72 97
CARVEDILOL 72 61 73 40
NYSTATIN 70 64 74 87
MORPHINE SULFATE 69 58 S2 75 74
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 66 45 76 73
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 57 77 59
JANUVIA 62 62 78 104
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 44 79 120
PLAVIX 59 56 80 75
FINASTERIDE 58 49 81 75
METHADONE HCL 58 34 S2 81 62
COMBIVENT 55 32 83 128
HALOPERIDOL 53 41 84 79
IBUPROFEN 53 11 84 108
GALANTAMINE HBR 52 52 86 144
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 46 87 112
DIGOXIN 51 47 87 67
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 51 37 87 195
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 50 50 90 151
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 35 90 197
EXELON 50 50 90 91
CRESTOR 50 24 90 116
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. 13, 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.