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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Physician Assistant

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,839Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 253

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 253

525 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

10% of this provider’s 525 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 525 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 6,083 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $70 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 9.


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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 516 277 1 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 471 212 2 2
GABAPENTIN 388 160 3 8
LISINOPRIL 384 193 4 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 360 148 S3 5 3
METFORMIN HCL 300 104 6 6
OMEPRAZOLE 297 96 7 5
TRAMADOL HCL 257 112 8 12
RANITIDINE HCL 253 111 9 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 243 172 10 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 233 95 11 17
NEXIUM 220 113 12 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 220 109 12 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 207 134 14 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 189 106 15 34
FUROSEMIDE 177 80 16 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 159 57 17 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 153 83 18 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 145 49 19 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 145 68 19 44
TRICOR 145 50 19 92
SERTRALINE HCL 142 46 22 28
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 138 62 S2 23 14
PROAIR HFA 138 76 23 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 136 34 25 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 134 49 26 75
SPIRIVA 130 47 27 52
SINGULAIR 129 42 28 80
MELOXICAM 127 68 29 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 72 30 9
NAMENDA 110 51 31 106
CARISOPRODOL 108 23 R 32 66
CITALOPRAM HBR 106 54 33 36
LIPITOR 103 41 34 61
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 59 35 15
CRESTOR 99 27 36 35
PROMETHAZINE HCL 97 35 R 37 68
CARBAMAZEPINE 93 16 38 90
ALLOPURINOL 93 35 38 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 92 54 40 57
ATENOLOL 86 27 41 33
LEVETIRACETAM 86 16 41 49
IBUPROFEN 85 11 43 39
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 77 21 44 120
SYNTHROID 77 20 44 62
TRAZODONE HCL 76 31 46 47
GLIMEPIRIDE 76 40 46 122
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 72 0 R 48 45
COMBIVENT 69 46 49 130
VERAPAMIL ER 67 51 50 133
TOPIRAMATE 66 15 51 58
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 66 0 51 134
DIOVAN 65 51 53 97
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 65 27 53 136
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 23 55 138
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 64 18 55 138
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 29 57 105
PREDNISONE 60 30 58 30
BUPROPION XL 58 16 59 149
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 21 59 82
OLANZAPINE 58 16 59 149
TIZANIDINE HCL 57 24 62 76
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56 0 63 156
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 24 64 22
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 53 13 S2 65 40
FENTANYL 52 11 S2 66 25
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 38 66 83
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 0 66 109
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 43 69 84
BYSTOLIC 51 24 69 79
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 26, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.