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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,394Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 169 out of 663

$504K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 66 out of 663

420 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%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

4% of this provider’s 420 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 420 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 6,098 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

$79 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 410 396 1 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 408 391 2 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 313 283 3 16
SIMVASTATIN 220 194 4 1
CRESTOR 190 182 5 37
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 168 162 6 5
NEXIUM 136 135 7 43
LISINOPRIL 131 126 8 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 123 123 9 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 114 110 10 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 101 11 14
LIPITOR 103 103 12 72
TAMSULOSIN HCL 99 98 13 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 76 71 14 74
ALLOPURINOL 76 76 14 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 61 16 60
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 71 16 27
SYNTHROID 69 63 18 46
CITALOPRAM HBR 64 64 19 18
AZITHROMYCIN 64 62 19 64
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 46 19 12
PREDNISONE 64 63 19 39
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 54 S3 23 6
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 56 49 24 42
TRAZODONE HCL 56 55 24 34
BENICAR 55 53 26 149
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 55 52 26 193
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 54 52 28 25
CELEBREX 53 53 29 85
FUROSEMIDE 50 46 30 7
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 April 13, 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.