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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,139Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 43

$231K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 21 out of 43

275 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

24% of this provider’s 275 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 275 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,766 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
SIMVASTATIN 308 300 1 6
LISINOPRIL 294 290 2 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 245 245 3 10
FUROSEMIDE 244 234 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 236 236 5 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 214 199 6 2
ATENOLOL 165 151 7 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 143 142 8 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 128 123 9 18
TRAMADOL HCL 127 127 10 20
OMEPRAZOLE 126 120 11 7
MIRTAZAPINE 124 122 12 21
LEVOTHROID 121 121 13 81
OXYCODONE HCL 120 110 S2 14 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 115 107 15 9
GABAPENTIN 104 103 16 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 99 95 17 26
GLIPIZIDE 97 97 18 35
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 94 86 19 23
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 55 S2 20 17
SERTRALINE HCL 78 67 21 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 76 72 22 22
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 76 76 22 50
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 73 S3 24 5
RISPERIDONE 68 68 25 41
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 64 58 26 78
ONDANSETRON HCL 61 24 27 147
K-TAB 59 59 28 110
PREDNISONE 54 39 29 43
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 July 8, 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.