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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,755Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 31 out of 663

$558K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 663

832 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 832 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 832 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 10,752 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

$47 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
SIMVASTATIN 696 651 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 693 636 2 3
LISINOPRIL 621 575 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 349 330 4 4
TRAMADOL HCL 325 281 5 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 309 292 6 5
FUROSEMIDE 295 275 7 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 274 256 8 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 268 250 9 8
METFORMIN HCL 259 218 10 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 245 229 S3 11 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 239 231 12 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 228 208 13 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 222 198 14 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 200 167 15 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 192 184 16 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 183 171 17 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 157 18 24
ATENOLOL 154 140 19 10
GABAPENTIN 146 120 20 20
MIRTAZAPINE 139 132 21 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 130 117 22 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 128 121 23 45
CLOPIDOGREL 116 110 24 65
SERTRALINE HCL 114 102 25 35
GLIMEPIRIDE 112 112 26 84
ADVAIR DISKUS 102 100 27 53
CARVEDILOL 93 80 28 47
ALLOPURINOL 91 79 29 28
LANTUS 89 73 30 48
BENAZEPRIL HCL 87 79 31 141
DIGOXIN 86 86 32 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 85 74 33 93
CYMBALTA 81 60 34 54
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 80 80 35 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 77 77 36 40
FELODIPINE ER 72 60 37 114
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 70 37 60
PLAVIX 71 71 39 104
CLONIDINE HCL 67 50 40 79
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 66 63 41 21
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 55 42 42
RAMIPRIL 65 65 42 132
MELOXICAM 64 57 44 61
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 64 52 44 73
NEXIUM 63 57 46 43
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 62 47 74
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62 47 47 82
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 61 61 49 99
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 60 45 50 213
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 48 51 58
PREDNISONE 54 51 52 39
ZETIA 51 39 53 80
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 1, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.