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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,058Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 1300

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 1300

498 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 498 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 13,451 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

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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 689 607 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 602 428 S3 2 5
FENTANYL 491 398 S2 3 56
LISINOPRIL 386 306 4 2
TAMSULOSIN HCL 367 270 5 25
OMEPRAZOLE 338 227 6 4
TRAMADOL HCL 320 251 7 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 316 266 8 19
OXYCODONE HCL 316 134 S2 8 35
FUROSEMIDE 314 279 10 8
SIMVASTATIN 298 213 11 3
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 254 197 12 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 245 178 13 31
GABAPENTIN 245 133 13 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 229 143 15 14
METFORMIN HCL 229 192 15 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 222 197 17 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 220 149 18 62
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 211 211 19 68
DONEPEZIL HCL 203 203 20 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 198 178 21 11
LYRICA 197 109 22 75
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 184 169 23 6
AZITHROMYCIN 178 130 24 79
PREDNISONE 177 134 25 40
NAMENDA 172 172 26 51
ATENOLOL 171 119 27 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 161 117 28 20
MELOXICAM 159 122 29 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 156 107 30 36
DIGOXIN 156 147 30 48
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 149 111 32 23
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 145 90 33 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 140 116 34 82
RISPERIDONE 135 122 35 77
WARFARIN SODIUM 134 85 36 9
LANTUS 132 98 37 43
ADVAIR DISKUS 130 110 38 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 124 39 10
KLOR-CON M20 129 125 39 60
CLOPIDOGREL 122 95 41 64
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 119 59 S2 42 49
GLYBURIDE 113 110 R 43 76
CYMBALTA 112 95 44 44
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 111 102 45 21
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 111 57 R 45 58
LEVOFLOXACIN 108 80 47 103
FINASTERIDE 105 92 48 80
PRADAXA 97 86 49 113
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 97 78 49 87
SPIRIVA 95 55 51 45
MEGESTROL ACETATE 95 81 R 51 277
LAMOTRIGINE 95 26 51 119
ESTRADIOL 93 72 R 54 85
KLOR-CON M10 92 87 55 144
ALLOPURINOL 90 78 56 29
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 90 71 56 128
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 90 65 S3 56 120
OLANZAPINE 85 41 59 86
TRAZODONE HCL 84 41 60 34
RANITIDINE HCL 84 61 60 27
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 83 69 62 65
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 82 71 63 101
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 81 62 64 18
SERTRALINE HCL 80 79 65 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 80 62 65 13
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 79 51 67 288
GEMFIBROZIL 78 36 68 90
MORPHINE SULFATE 77 48 S2 69 157
VOLTAREN 77 68 69 124
CARVEDILOL 77 52 69 38
TIZANIDINE HCL 74 31 72 163
LOVASTATIN 74 52 72 22
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 74 53 72 118
CEPHALEXIN 69 42 75 89
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 66 46 76 122
ROPINIROLE HCL 66 53 76 106
GLIPIZIDE 63 40 78 33
CLOZAPINE 61 0 79 193
PLAVIX 61 48 79 112
FLUCONAZOLE 59 46 81 225
DOXEPIN HCL 56 51 82 218
PROAIR HFA 55 27 83 42
BUPROPION HCL SR 55 31 83 172
VENTOLIN HFA 54 25 85 109
PAROXETINE HCL 54 39 85 59
CEFTRIAXONE 53 47 87 260
ZETIA 52 49 88 105
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 51 50 89 198
CRESTOR 51 42 89 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51 41 89 16
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 13, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.