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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,822Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 43

$1.34M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 43

658 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
88% 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

31% of this provider’s 658 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 658 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 12%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 22,407 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,481 1,346 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,233 1,085 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 805 745 3 4
LISINOPRIL 724 646 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 643 548 S3 5 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 589 544 6 8
SIMVASTATIN 481 445 7 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 411 351 8 10
METFORMIN HCL 377 306 9 12
LANTUS 367 329 10 30
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 367 344 10 9
GABAPENTIN 357 288 12 11
OMEPRAZOLE 352 279 13 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 340 312 14 14
MIRTAZAPINE 326 309 15 21
LIDODERM 320 294 16 48
DONEPEZIL HCL 302 302 17 13
CYMBALTA 302 265 17 32
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 298 292 19 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 290 243 20 28
OLANZAPINE 285 228 21 36
GLIPIZIDE 277 257 22 35
OXYCODONE HCL 269 194 S2 23 15
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 257 216 24 37
SERTRALINE HCL 254 202 25 25
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 249 183 26 53
PAROXETINE HCL 244 241 27 38
FENTANYL 237 212 S2 28 31
TRAMADOL HCL 228 216 29 20
HYDRALAZINE HCL 209 204 30 85
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 206 188 31 78
LACTULOSE 200 152 32 56
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 193 98 S2 33 17
ATENOLOL 192 181 34 16
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 189 189 35 46
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 188 188 36 44
TAMSULOSIN HCL 186 186 37 22
RISPERIDONE 184 141 38 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 176 174 39 23
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 173 171 40 50
RAMIPRIL 171 145 41 95
NYSTATIN 165 157 42 87
LEVOFLOXACIN 157 142 43 65
TRAVATAN Z 157 152 43 130
NAMENDA 153 153 45 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 124 46 19
TRAZODONE HCL 146 113 46 47
RANITIDINE HCL 146 114 46 39
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 138 130 49 42
LOVASTATIN 135 116 50 29
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 133 107 51 86
FENOFIBRATE 131 85 52 90
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 128 109 53 18
CEPHALEXIN 126 111 54 70
DIGOXIN 126 123 54 67
PREDNISONE 126 105 54 43
BACLOFEN 125 46 57 63
SPIRIVA 124 112 58 54
FAMOTIDINE 123 105 59 51
ALLOPURINOL 122 109 60 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 116 81 61 59
OXYCONTIN 107 79 S2 62 45
MORPHINE SULFATE 102 98 S2 63 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 102 102 63 27
NOVOLOG 101 98 65 99
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 100 94 66 64
METHADONE HCL 99 38 S2 67 62
GENERLAC 98 69 68 98
CLONIDINE HCL 96 95 69 107
CARVEDILOL 94 85 70 40
VENLAFAXINE HCL 93 67 71 102
SEROQUEL 92 81 72 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 77 73 49
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 90 86 74 135
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 90 71 74 73
LYRICA 90 71 74 58
HALOPERIDOL 88 88 77 79
LATANOPROST 87 87 78 115
VOLTAREN 85 85 79 106
GEMFIBROZIL 82 27 80 93
ROPINIROLE HCL 82 76 80 97
KLOR-CON M20 80 68 82 55
KLOR-CON 10 78 67 83 83
CLOPIDOGREL 77 77 84 57
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 76 62 85 139
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 76 76 85 161
BUSPIRONE HCL 74 74 87 142
KLOR-CON M10 72 68 88 96
TIZANIDINE HCL 72 58 88 117
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 72 43 88 119
LEVETIRACETAM 71 25 91 66
PLAVIX 71 71 91 75
FINASTERIDE 71 70 91 75
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 68 94 118
AZITHROMYCIN 68 59 94 109
LIDOCAINE HCL 66 61 96 170
NEXIUM 65 63 97 88
JANUVIA 65 59 97 104
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 51 99 61
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 62 37 S2 100 34
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 62 38 R 100 80
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 62 60 100 89
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 56 103 60
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 61 61 103 151
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 61 60 103 77
ACTONEL 58 45 106 180
AMOXICILLIN 58 56 106 151
CLOZAPINE 56 36 108 84
LIPITOR 55 37 109 186
ABILIFY 54 52 110 91
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 49 111 112
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 44 111 72
PRIMIDONE 52 52 111 193
HUMALOG 51 45 114 102
ENULOSE 50 37 115 197
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 Oct. 16, 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.