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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,299Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 663

$761K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 663

861 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

11% of this provider’s 861 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 861 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,991 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 763 682 1 3
WARFARIN SODIUM 686 665 2 8
SIMVASTATIN 562 499 3 1
LISINOPRIL 488 454 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 435 412 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 430 393 6 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 353 330 7 11
OMEPRAZOLE 268 248 8 4
METFORMIN HCL 251 226 9 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 248 233 10 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 242 242 11 40
TAMSULOSIN HCL 240 230 12 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 237 217 13 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 205 158 S3 14 6
GABAPENTIN 190 162 15 20
ALLOPURINOL 188 171 16 28
TRAMADOL HCL 183 177 17 17
ATENOLOL 166 158 18 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 164 134 19 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 161 149 20 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 152 148 21 18
SERTRALINE HCL 135 131 22 35
LOVASTATIN 128 123 23 30
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 116 113 24 82
KLOR-CON M20 116 112 24 70
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 105 26 22
DIOVAN 113 113 26 59
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 107 105 28 102
ADVAIR DISKUS 107 88 28 53
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 88 30 77
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 99 96 31 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 99 84 31 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 96 94 33 25
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 89 83 34 138
NAMENDA 89 89 34 57
CLONIDINE HCL 88 82 36 79
LANTUS 86 64 37 48
CRESTOR 85 78 38 37
PROAIR HFA 84 68 39 33
CYMBALTA 83 72 40 54
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 80 77 41 86
PAROXETINE HCL 77 73 42 68
SYNTHROID 76 76 43 46
DIGOXIN 70 70 44 50
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 66 45 12
OXYCODONE HCL 67 41 S2 46 41
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 67 67 46 161
FAMOTIDINE 64 51 48 76
FINASTERIDE 64 63 48 56
TRAZODONE HCL 64 54 48 34
PREDNISONE 63 59 51 39
KLOR-CON M10 62 56 52 139
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 61 53 140
CARVEDILOL 60 51 54 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 60 47 54 45
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 58 58 56 42
RANITIDINE HCL 56 49 57 31
LYRICA 55 53 58 96
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 53 42 59 81
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 51 60 21
AZITHROMYCIN 51 46 60 64
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 51 49 60 108
NEXIUM 51 51 60 43
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.