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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,723Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 124 out of 663

$750K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 663

554 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
3% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 554 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 7,287 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$97 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 348 332 1 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 337 320 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 305 277 3 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 279 261 4 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 176 155 5 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 175 163 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 167 159 7 9
FUROSEMIDE 162 152 8 7
OMEPRAZOLE 159 142 9 4
TAMSULOSIN HCL 156 137 10 24
ATENOLOL 142 131 11 10
CRESTOR 134 128 12 37
LISINOPRIL 132 129 13 2
SYNTHROID 126 116 14 46
WARFARIN SODIUM 122 118 15 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 114 103 16 18
ETODOLAC 109 103 17 214
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 101 87 18 14
ALLOPURINOL 96 93 19 28
AZITHROMYCIN 96 93 19 64
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 84 19 60
DIOVAN HCT 92 90 22 115
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 92 85 22 21
LIPITOR 91 91 24 72
CELEBREX 90 90 25 85
VYTORIN 84 83 26 173
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 74 27 27
SERTRALINE HCL 78 78 28 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 67 59 29 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 62 59 30 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 62 61 30 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 58 S3 32 6
NIASPAN 60 58 32 117
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 54 34 307
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 51 35 42
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 54 36 32
TRICOR 53 53 37 191
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 46 38 53
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 50 50 39 11
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 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.