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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,538Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 663

$590K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 663

460 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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

9% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 460 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,595 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 24%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 484 369 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 404 327 2 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 393 339 3 8
FUROSEMIDE 329 268 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 303 258 5 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 292 226 S3 6 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 241 205 7 5
LISINOPRIL 235 194 8 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 208 165 9 18
TRAMADOL HCL 199 173 10 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 175 175 11 40
GABAPENTIN 168 133 12 20
NAMENDA 161 161 13 57
METFORMIN HCL 151 119 14 9
LANTUS 123 105 15 48
MIRTAZAPINE 119 118 16 52
CARVEDILOL 116 96 17 47
KLOR-CON M20 116 106 17 70
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 115 104 19 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 109 101 20 16
DIGOXIN 105 91 21 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 102 98 22 69
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 99 93 23 74
FENTANYL 98 81 S2 24 75
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 96 25 22
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 95 87 26 82
SERTRALINE HCL 95 75 26 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 93 78 28 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87 76 29 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 81 81 30 14
SPIRONOLACTONE 78 61 31 58
PREDNISONE 77 55 32 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 77 57 32 24
GLIMEPIRIDE 72 72 34 84
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 71 61 35 45
JANUVIA 69 69 36 78
KLOR-CON 10 67 54 37 160
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 66 51 38 25
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 66 56 38 81
LOVASTATIN 66 62 38 30
PROMETHAZINE HCL 64 27 R 41 209
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 61 42 77
ALLOPURINOL 62 51 43 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 58 43 12
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 45 S2 45 26
KLOR-CON M10 60 57 46 139
LEVOFLOXACIN 60 49 46 92
CYMBALTA 59 24 48 54
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 59 29 S2 48 51
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 56 44 50 108
CEPHALEXIN 53 44 51 119
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 41 52 53
FAMOTIDINE 50 30 53 76
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, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.