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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,431Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 663

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 663

324 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%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

12% of this provider’s 324 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 324 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 17,201 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

32% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

57 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
SIMVASTATIN 697 663 1 1
NEXIUM 664 662 2 43
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 637 605 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 601 541 4 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 498 470 5 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 498 456 5 3
CRESTOR 493 466 7 37
LISINOPRIL 437 419 8 2
TAMSULOSIN HCL 416 399 9 24
FUROSEMIDE 406 397 10 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 370 356 11 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 352 334 12 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 322 306 13 13
METFORMIN HCL 314 278 14 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 311 301 15 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 288 287 16 8
LIDODERM 265 265 17 67
HYDRALAZINE HCL 256 244 18 101
ALLOPURINOL 253 242 19 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 240 231 20 60
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 231 226 21 11
LIPITOR 219 205 22 72
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 216 205 S3 23 6
FINASTERIDE 210 210 24 56
CITALOPRAM HBR 204 190 25 18
ATENOLOL 203 188 26 10
JANUVIA 184 172 27 78
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 169 157 28 12
CREON 169 167 28 153
TRAMADOL HCL 161 159 30 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 155 153 31 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 153 138 32 27
ACTOS 152 132 33 105
MELOXICAM 139 126 34 61
ZETIA 134 130 35 80
VOLTAREN 133 126 36 107
METFORMIN HCL ER 123 107 37 90
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 121 104 R 38 71
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 119 109 39 82
CLOPIDOGREL 116 100 40 65
MECLIZINE HCL 115 113 41 136
CARVEDILOL 111 111 42 47
PAROXETINE HCL 110 110 43 68
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 108 73 44 182
GABAPENTIN 106 106 45 20
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 97 94 46 77
AMMONIUM LACTATE 96 84 47 168
DETROL LA 92 92 48 190
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 90 89 49 187
PREDNISONE 90 82 49 39
PLAVIX 89 66 51 104
SERTRALINE HCL 89 88 51 35
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 88 70 53 86
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 87 83 54 93
OXYCODONE HCL 84 33 S2 55 41
CELEBREX 84 65 55 85
MIRTAZAPINE 80 80 57 52
GLIMEPIRIDE 80 80 57 84
GLIPIZIDE ER 79 72 59 130
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 78 78 60 102
DONEPEZIL HCL 78 78 60 40
NAMENDA 77 77 62 57
PROCTOZONE-HC 76 68 63 224
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 71 69 64 193
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 63 63 65 169
LANTUS 63 55 65 48
NITROSTAT 62 59 67 152
SINGLE USE SWAB 62 58 67 180
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 59 69 69
GLIPIZIDE 58 48 70 29
SUCRALFATE 57 55 71 307
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 47 71 53
DICYCLOMINE HCL 56 56 73 181
FAMOTIDINE 55 52 74 76
KLOR-CON M10 55 54 74 139
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 36 76 21
LACTULOSE 50 38 77 111
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. 10, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.