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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,380Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 172 out of 663

$374K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 156 out of 663

352 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

11% of this provider’s 352 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 352 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 5,370 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 304 272 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 278 259 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 248 230 3 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 197 170 4 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 184 169 5 8
METFORMIN HCL 181 156 6 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 168 110 S3 7 6
FUROSEMIDE 152 113 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 138 125 9 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 125 112 10 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117 103 11 14
ATENOLOL 108 81 12 10
OMEPRAZOLE 101 82 13 4
LOVASTATIN 97 97 14 30
TRAMADOL HCL 96 61 15 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 88 88 16 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 83 73 17 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 77 18 15
TRAZODONE HCL 79 66 19 34
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 67 20 32
PREDNISONE 65 65 21 39
GABAPENTIN 63 52 22 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 61 23 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 57 54 24 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 56 56 25 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 44 25 22
OXYCODONE HCL 53 40 S2 27 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 53 53 27 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 52 27 27
SERTRALINE HCL 53 53 27 35
DIGOXIN 52 52 31 50
OXYCONTIN 52 43 S2 31 98
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 52 31 94
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 51 47 34 23
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 24 S2 34 26
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 June 9, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.