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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,999Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 663

$580K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 663

1,154 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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

6% of this provider’s 1,154 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 1,154 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 13,832 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

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 1,356 1,293 1 1
LISINOPRIL 855 805 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 678 629 3 4
ATENOLOL 642 604 4 10
METFORMIN HCL 431 392 5 9
LEVOTHROID 412 405 10 6 19
GLIPIZIDE 409 392 7 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 369 356 8 5
FUROSEMIDE 349 309 9 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 338 315 10 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 332 316 11 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 311 266 S3 12 6
K-TAB 310 282 13 36
TERAZOSIN HCL 306 295 14 38
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 279 272 15 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 256 253 16 12
NOVOLIN N 256 233 16 44
PROAIR HFA 241 175 18 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 234 231 19 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 216 212 20 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 200 180 21 18
ALLOPURINOL 188 179 22 28
TRAMADOL HCL 187 173 23 17
INSULIN SYRINGE 175 159 24 55
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 174 164 25 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 169 164 26 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 168 157 27 15
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 154 138 S2 28 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 147 143 29 32
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 135 133 30 49
DILT-XR 134 134 10 31 100
RANITIDINE HCL 133 127 32 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 120 114 33 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 115 99 34 16
LOVASTATIN 112 105 35 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 102 36 24
NOVOLIN R 102 72 37 106
ESTRADIOL 100 100 R 38 66
QVAR 93 86 39 91
DIGOXIN 85 84 40 50
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 84 59 S2 41 51
TRAZODONE HCL 80 67 42 34
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 79 73 43 99
PREDNISONE 73 68 44 39
FINASTERIDE 72 71 45 56
SPIRIVA 71 59 46 62
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 71 65 46 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 67 48 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 67 40 R 49 95
DONEPEZIL HCL 67 67 49 40
OXYCODONE HCL 66 46 S2 51 41
GABAPENTIN 66 63 51 20
CLOPIDOGREL 64 51 53 65
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 63 63 54 42
GALANTAMINE HBR 62 62 55 253
FENOFIBRATE 61 51 56 97
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 59 56 74
CARVEDILOL 59 47 58 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 50 59 93
AZITHROMYCIN 57 53 59 64
DULERA 55 45 61 218
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 55 51 61 63
SERTRALINE HCL 52 47 63 35
VERAPAMIL ER 52 52 63 129
PAROXETINE HCL 50 48 65 68
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 Sept. 9, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.