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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,437Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 16

$862K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 16

1,004 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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

31% of this provider’s 1,004 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 1,004 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,200 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 762 665 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 566 498 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 528 425 S3 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 498 452 4 4
LISINOPRIL 486 448 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 436 366 6 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 360 334 7 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 340 306 8 25
TRAMADOL HCL 332 316 9 17
OMEPRAZOLE 314 285 10 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 305 285 11 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 300 298 12 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 241 219 13 12
GABAPENTIN 235 195 14 9
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 235 212 14 24
OXYCODONE HCL 223 181 S2 16 29
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 209 145 S2 17 42
FENTANYL 206 172 S2 18 31
NAMENDA 193 188 19 15
SPIRIVA 187 162 20 43
SIMVASTATIN 175 121 21 6
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 170 124 S2 22 54
MIRTAZAPINE 169 162 23 14
LIDODERM 164 158 24 27
PREDNISONE 147 121 25 36
KLOR-CON M20 141 124 26 34
SERTRALINE HCL 140 122 27 16
LYRICA 131 83 28 98
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 130 128 29 21
GLIPIZIDE 125 110 30 69
LANTUS 120 103 31 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 113 32 22
OXYCONTIN 116 67 S2 33 63
CLOPIDOGREL 109 108 34 62
ADVAIR DISKUS 107 92 35 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 106 84 36 41
METFORMIN HCL 105 78 37 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 105 74 37 64
CYMBALTA 103 77 39 28
BACLOFEN 103 66 39 65
ALLOPURINOL 97 68 41 48
FAMOTIDINE 95 88 42 51
PAROXETINE HCL 95 71 42 36
RANITIDINE HCL 94 94 44 52
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 93 82 45 32
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 90 90 46 50
TRAZODONE HCL 86 68 47 26
DIGOXIN 80 75 48 53
ROPINIROLE HCL 78 75 49 84
MORPHINE SULFATE 78 74 S2 49 81
METHADONE HCL 77 63 S2 51 79
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 72 52 59
NYSTOP 71 71 53 75
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 71 54 53 60
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 70 70 55 39
ABILIFY 70 60 55 72
NYSTATIN 68 63 57 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 64 58 47
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 66 57 58 13
CEPHALEXIN 65 60 60 71
KLOR-CON M10 63 51 61 80
LEXAPRO 62 53 62 118
RISPERIDONE 61 51 63 23
HYDRALAZINE HCL 60 42 64 93
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 58 53 65 73
EXELON 58 58 65 78
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 39 67 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 56 49 68 46
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 51 68 58
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 44 70 45
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 54 71 61
AZITHROMYCIN 54 44 71 105
LATANOPROST 53 53 73 87
LEVETIRACETAM 52 46 74 57
OLANZAPINE 50 44 75 35
LOVASTATIN 50 45 75 102
SEROQUEL 50 39 75 56
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 50 28 S2 75 98
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 Sept. 17, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.