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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,227Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 49 out of 1300

$387K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 74 out of 1300

445 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
36% 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

8% of this provider’s 445 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 445 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,379 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 617 564 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 426 423 2 9
LISINOPRIL 371 341 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 250 231 4 8
OMEPRAZOLE 223 207 5 4
LOVASTATIN 222 210 6 22
SIMVASTATIN 207 193 7 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 193 168 8 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 176 176 9 6
GABAPENTIN 161 134 10 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 160 153 S3 11 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 141 131 12 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 132 132 13 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 117 117 14 20
METFORMIN HCL 116 110 15 7
TRAMADOL HCL 112 112 16 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 108 99 17 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 106 102 18 18
NAMENDA 91 91 19 51
CYMBALTA 91 53 19 44
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 88 21 21
NYSTATIN 75 68 22 135
PREDNISONE 71 67 23 40
ATENOLOL 70 68 24 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 65 25 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 67 62 26 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 53 27 78
CEPHALEXIN 62 61 28 89
TRAZODONE HCL 60 52 29 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 57 54 30 16
MIRTAZAPINE 57 47 30 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 49 30 41
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 43 33 31
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 53 47 34 13
PREMARIN 52 28 R 35 131
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. 27, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.