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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,727Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 1300

$809K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 1300

600 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
35%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

17% of this provider’s 600 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 600 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 4,676 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 663 272 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 512 185 S3 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 473 171 3 3
METFORMIN HCL 436 126 4 7
LISINOPRIL 411 239 5 2
OXYCODONE HCL 319 55 S2 6 35
LOVASTATIN 246 79 7 22
RANITIDINE HCL 243 90 8 27
OMEPRAZOLE 239 61 9 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 230 43 10 14
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 229 46 S2 11 83
CITALOPRAM HBR 227 45 12 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 223 85 13 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 207 108 14 6
FUROSEMIDE 196 104 15 8
NEXIUM 192 65 16 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 173 40 17 36
TRAMADOL HCL 172 39 18 17
IBUPROFEN 164 74 19 72
ATENOLOL 164 53 19 12
DIOVAN 162 86 21 66
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 158 52 22 30
CRESTOR 156 41 23 39
GABAPENTIN 155 39 24 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 148 70 25 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 61 26 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 133 65 27 11
SERTRALINE HCL 131 25 28 26
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 116 20 R 29 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 27 30 20
GLIPIZIDE 112 45 31 33
TRAZODONE HCL 106 36 32 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 35 33 25
NAPROXEN 105 21 33 104
CLONIDINE HCL 94 39 35 102
COMBIVENT 89 62 36 138
PROAIR HFA 89 25 36 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 88 11 38 9
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 86 19 S3 39 120
RISPERIDONE 86 41 39 77
CYMBALTA 85 30 41 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 0 42 31
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 77 17 43 118
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 76 19 R 44 63
CARBAMAZEPINE 70 11 45 125
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 68 42 46 97
AZITHROMYCIN 68 19 46 79
LIPITOR 68 16 46 126
SINGULAIR 67 18 49 179
ALLOPURINOL 65 42 50 29
LANTUS 65 18 50 43
BACLOFEN 64 0 52 100
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 64 25 52 122
ABILIFY 61 0 54 129
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 60 0 55 312
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 60 35 55 16
LANSOPRAZOLE 59 17 57 247
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 59 12 S2 57 141
LEVETIRACETAM 58 20 59 107
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 24 60 54
CEPHALEXIN 55 22 60 89
INSULIN SYRINGE 54 13 62 123
CELEBREX 53 22 63 95
GLYBURIDE 53 16 R 63 76
OXCARBAZEPINE 52 0 65 227
TOPIRAMATE 51 0 66 158
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 25 S2 66 28
GLIPIZIDE ER 51 38 66 99
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 March 1, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.