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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,304Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 16

$440K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 16

371 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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
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this specialty
in Colorado
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 371 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 371 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 6,944 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

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 400 377 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 337 327 2 4
LISINOPRIL 311 307 3 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 269 266 4 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 194 194 5 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 174 174 6 10
NAMENDA 161 159 7 15
OMEPRAZOLE 158 142 8 8
SIMVASTATIN 157 157 9 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 150 150 10 12
TRAMADOL HCL 118 110 11 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 116 113 S3 12 5
GABAPENTIN 115 103 13 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 112 103 14 7
CYMBALTA 103 90 15 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 100 100 16 13
MIRTAZAPINE 95 95 17 14
ATENOLOL 89 72 18 38
SERTRALINE HCL 84 82 19 16
METFORMIN HCL 78 74 20 18
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 78 78 20 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78 78 20 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 64 23 21
LOVASTATIN 67 59 24 102
TRAZODONE HCL 65 53 25 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 61 25 46
DIGOXIN 65 65 25 53
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 60 28 30
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 57 57 29 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 57 57 29 22
CARVEDILOL 57 57 29 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 57 57 29 39
CLOPIDOGREL 56 54 33 62
PAROXETINE HCL 56 56 33 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 55 50 35 59
DIOVAN 51 51 36 86
KLOR-CON M20 50 50 37 34
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 50 43 37 32
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 Nov. 26, 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.