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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,036Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 43

$509K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 43

459 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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

22% of this provider’s 459 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 459 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,953 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 503 415 S3 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 409 351 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 375 329 3 1
LISINOPRIL 373 279 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 235 181 5 6
LOVASTATIN 234 208 6 29
GABAPENTIN 219 124 7 11
FUROSEMIDE 217 189 8 4
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 190 123 S2 9 17
OXYCODONE HCL 185 82 S2 10 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 176 139 11 9
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 170 98 S2 12 123
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 167 117 S2 13 34
BACLOFEN 164 38 14 63
WARFARIN SODIUM 161 129 15 2
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 159 103 16 42
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 155 127 17 8
OXYCONTIN 140 57 S2 18 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 139 96 19 33
METFORMIN HCL 138 104 20 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 134 134 21 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 129 126 22 18
FINASTERIDE 129 110 22 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123 94 24 22
LANTUS 122 42 25 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117 108 26 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 114 102 27 14
ATENOLOL 110 76 28 16
SERTRALINE HCL 103 77 29 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 101 89 30 10
CARVEDILOL 100 85 31 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 82 32 19
RANITIDINE HCL 95 44 33 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 76 34 60
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 89 68 35 82
MIRTAZAPINE 87 55 36 21
PREDNISONE 83 66 37 43
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 55 38 72
METHADONE HCL 75 15 S2 39 62
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 75 60 39 77
TRAMADOL HCL 73 51 41 20
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 62 42 64
TRAZODONE HCL 65 45 43 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 62 47 44 23
NAMENDA 62 62 44 24
SPIRONOLACTONE 62 50 44 59
IBUPROFEN 62 50 44 108
GEMFIBROZIL 61 30 48 93
GLIPIZIDE 61 40 48 35
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 20 50 44
PROAIR HFA 54 42 51 71
SPIRIVA 52 24 52 54
VOLTAREN 51 38 53 106
INSULIN SYRINGE 51 34 53 195
NOVOLIN N 50 38 55 134
KLOR-CON 10 50 29 55 83
DIOVAN 50 49 55 69
FAMOTIDINE 50 32 55 51
CLOPIDOGREL 50 46 55 57
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.