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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,576Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 663

$713K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 663

615 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
24% 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

13% of this provider’s 615 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 615 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,272 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
LISINOPRIL 627 530 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 626 568 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 521 437 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 416 378 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 390 308 S3 5 6
LOVASTATIN 382 369 6 30
SIMVASTATIN 359 330 7 1
METFORMIN HCL 323 258 8 9
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 269 183 S2 9 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 264 211 10 21
FUROSEMIDE 260 234 11 7
GABAPENTIN 223 165 12 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 215 195 13 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 204 196 14 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 198 169 15 18
ATENOLOL 194 177 16 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 183 181 17 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 182 159 18 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 176 144 19 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 157 157 20 24
ALLOPURINOL 152 139 21 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 145 135 22 11
GLYBURIDE 133 129 R 23 83
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 120 58 R 24 71
PROAIR HFA 118 71 25 33
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 114 104 26 73
TRAMADOL HCL 111 83 27 17
HYDRALAZINE HCL 108 91 28 101
OXYCODONE HCL 107 0 S2 29 41
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 101 30 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 101 31 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 104 73 31 16
FLUOXETINE HCL 103 94 33 32
PREDNISONE 102 95 34 39
RANITIDINE HCL 101 65 35 31
CLOPIDOGREL 94 74 36 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 93 78 37 45
FINASTERIDE 92 92 38 56
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 85 81 39 42
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 84 51 S2 40 51
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 68 41 53
CRESTOR 78 70 42 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 76 43 93
ACTONEL 75 75 44 178
DIGOXIN 72 72 45 50
AZITHROMYCIN 72 65 45 64
CARVEDILOL 71 48 47 47
CELEBREX 70 68 48 85
ESTRADIOL 69 53 R 49 66
DONEPEZIL HCL 68 68 50 40
SERTRALINE HCL 66 48 51 35
SYNTHROID 65 61 52 46
KLOR-CON 10 62 51 53 160
TRAZODONE HCL 62 46 53 34
PLAVIX 61 49 55 104
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 61 58 55 25
CYMBALTA 57 47 57 54
SPIRIVA 56 49 58 62
VYTORIN 55 43 59 173
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54 54 60 121
NEXIUM 54 33 60 43
MELOXICAM 54 39 60 61
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 51 16 63 164
OXYCONTIN 51 0 S2 63 98
PAROXETINE HCL 51 39 63 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 45 66 27
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 Dec. 10, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.