ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

25,877Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 663

$1.88M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 663

426 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
97% 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

24% of this provider’s 426 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 426 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 14,272 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 24%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


Another View

This chart shows a different comparison of all providers in this specialty based on their mix of drugs and volume. Providers are grouped by similarity; those least like their peers are farthest to the right. Hover over the bars to see names of other prescribers.

← Prescribers more like their peers Prescribers less like their peers →
KEY: How to read this
chart

Fewer Prescribers
More Prescribers

This Prescriber
Hover to see more prescribers

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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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 1,164 830 1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,151 740 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 776 486 S3 3 6
FUROSEMIDE 700 502 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 633 352 5 1
LISINOPRIL 622 397 6 2
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 521 247 7 69
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 493 284 8 11
SERTRALINE HCL 490 234 9 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 473 328 10 23
GABAPENTIN 464 210 11 20
OLANZAPINE 446 303 12 88
RISPERIDONE 441 178 13 87
METFORMIN HCL 433 214 14 9
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 420 271 S2 15 26
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 417 247 16 81
LANTUS 396 185 17 48
CLOZAPINE 371 53 18 153
OXYCODONE HCL 345 178 S2 19 41
LACTULOSE 338 123 20 111
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 311 127 R 21 170
CITALOPRAM HBR 307 206 22 18
TAMSULOSIN HCL 287 156 23 24
OMEPRAZOLE 277 125 24 4
TRAMADOL HCL 263 166 25 17
GLIPIZIDE 251 143 26 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 246 75 27 159
VENLAFAXINE HCL 245 172 28 166
BACLOFEN 235 55 29 122
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 230 176 30 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 229 209 31 40
TRAZODONE HCL 224 122 32 34
ABILIFY 217 53 33 145
CYMBALTA 215 104 34 54
PAROXETINE HCL 200 145 35 68
LEVETIRACETAM 192 72 36 123
HALOPERIDOL 192 46 36 185
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 190 167 38 108
NOVOLOG 189 80 39 143
LIDODERM 187 118 40 67
FAMOTIDINE 185 68 41 76
CARBAMAZEPINE 165 59 42 186
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 163 48 S2 43 51
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 163 98 43 82
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 162 116 45 86
SEROQUEL 153 76 46 176
OLANZAPINE ODT 140 41 47 208
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 138 70 48 13
LITHIUM CARBONATE 130 70 49 215
MIRTAZAPINE 130 94 49 52
SPIRIVA 128 82 51 62
FENTANYL 127 53 S2 52 75
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 124 78 53 15
NAMENDA 121 107 54 57
RANITIDINE HCL 117 81 55 31
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 117 17 55 121
CLOPIDOGREL 116 91 57 65
LEVOFLOXACIN 113 74 58 92
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 110 73 59 74
FLUOXETINE HCL 108 54 60 32
ENULOSE 107 0 61 264
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 105 37 62 16
DIGOXIN 103 70 63 50
LAMOTRIGINE 103 63 63 183
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 33 65 53
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 99 91 66 102
RAMIPRIL 98 40 67 132
GENERLAC 94 18 68 224
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 92 49 69 77
PREDNISONE 92 76 69 39
FINASTERIDE 88 76 71 56
NYSTATIN 87 54 72 124
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 87 54 72 25
CEPHALEXIN 86 47 74 119
ATENOLOL 86 86 74 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 61 76 12
VALPROIC ACID 80 18 77 235
IBUPROFEN 77 25 78 89
SPIRONOLACTONE 77 45 78 58
PLAVIX 75 63 80 104
MORPHINE SULFATE 74 70 S2 81 211
PROPRANOLOL HCL 74 22 81 120
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 74 59 S2 81 151
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 73 45 84 177
HUMALOG 72 0 85 194
GEMFIBROZIL 72 0 85 109
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 71 37 87 167
CARVEDILOL 68 23 88 47
TIZANIDINE HCL 66 0 89 205
LYRICA 66 36 89 96
PROCHLORPERAZINE MALEATE 65 33 91 251
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 65 65 91 14
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 17 R 91 71
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 65 53 91 169
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 64 33 95 138
AZITHROMYCIN 64 40 95 64
TOPIRAMATE 61 11 97 229
PROAIR HFA 61 28 97 33
LATANOPROST 59 40 99 157
METOLAZONE 57 31 100 199
KLOR-CON 10 56 55 101 160
GLYBURIDE 56 33 R 101 83
ZYPREXA 55 36 103 312
METHADONE HCL 54 0 S2 104 126
PERPHENAZINE 53 0 105 317
LOVAZA 53 31 105 103
HYDROXYZINE HCL 52 16 R 107 261
VENTOLIN HFA 50 23 108 162
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 »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to drugs@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to drugs@propublica.org.

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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.