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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,393Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 16

$955K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 16

421 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
92% 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

29% of this provider’s 421 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 421 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 10,702 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 598 567 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 521 424 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 395 354 3 4
LISINOPRIL 383 327 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 307 269 5 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 293 237 6 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 290 232 7 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 290 204 S3 7 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 281 225 9 13
OMEPRAZOLE 236 191 10 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 235 213 11 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 218 195 12 7
GABAPENTIN 198 124 13 9
FENTANYL 180 122 S2 14 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 179 121 15 24
SERTRALINE HCL 169 137 16 16
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 167 96 17 33
CYMBALTA 165 100 18 28
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 151 104 19 49
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 148 89 S2 20 42
TRAZODONE HCL 148 111 20 26
LANTUS 147 122 22 20
NAMENDA 146 135 23 15
MIRTAZAPINE 138 114 24 14
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 137 62 25 60
OLANZAPINE 132 74 26 35
SPIRIVA 129 98 27 43
LACTULOSE 127 68 28 97
ADVAIR DISKUS 126 80 29 40
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 126 95 29 19
TRAMADOL HCL 124 69 31 17
RANITIDINE HCL 117 81 32 52
DIGOXIN 116 116 33 53
CARVEDILOL 116 115 33 44
NYSTATIN 115 79 35 55
METFORMIN HCL 115 81 35 18
PREDNISONE 112 68 37 36
EXELON 111 111 38 78
RISPERIDONE 109 100 39 23
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 102 69 40 58
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 97 68 S2 41 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 50 41 22
OXYCODONE HCL 92 71 S2 43 29
LEVETIRACETAM 92 31 43 57
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 88 45 45 74
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 85 61 46 73
LIDODERM 85 67 46 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 77 48 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 84 84 48 77
CLOPIDOGREL 83 81 50 62
KLOR-CON M20 83 56 50 34
SPIRONOLACTONE 81 77 52 45
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 80 53 R 53 88
LEVOFLOXACIN 80 56 53 61
BACLOFEN 79 34 55 65
PROPRANOLOL HCL 78 23 56 96
OXYCONTIN 76 46 S2 57 63
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74 64 58 59
PAROXETINE HCL 72 55 59 36
ONDANSETRON HCL 71 69 60 125
CEFUROXIME 70 68 61 146
HYDROXYZINE HCL 70 0 R 61 90
VENLAFAXINE HCL 69 67 63 68
METHADONE HCL 66 46 S2 64 79
ATENOLOL 65 43 65 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 62 35 66 50
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 46 67 70
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 36 67 115
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 59 59 69 47
HALOPERIDOL 59 41 69 88
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 58 42 71 41
AZITHROMYCIN 55 36 72 105
ATROPINE SULFATE 55 51 72 160
FAMOTIDINE 55 39 72 51
ALLOPURINOL 51 51 75 48
IBUPROFEN 50 0 76 136
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. 20, 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.