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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,750Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 663

$619K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 663

349 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

22% of this provider’s 349 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 349 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 9,676 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 660 556 1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 564 467 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 364 344 3 7
LISINOPRIL 361 317 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 317 295 S3 5 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 316 268 6 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 293 242 7 5
SIMVASTATIN 224 171 8 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 212 148 9 18
OMEPRAZOLE 211 172 10 4
GABAPENTIN 181 129 11 20
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 178 163 12 81
MIRTAZAPINE 172 149 13 52
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 172 168 S2 13 26
METFORMIN HCL 170 116 15 9
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 153 144 16 69
LANTUS 139 116 17 48
RANITIDINE HCL 137 119 18 31
OXYCODONE HCL 124 92 S2 19 41
SPIRIVA 124 108 19 62
TRAMADOL HCL 123 93 21 17
OLANZAPINE 118 89 22 88
TAMSULOSIN HCL 116 105 23 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 105 101 24 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 105 85 24 23
FAMOTIDINE 104 75 26 76
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 102 56 27 159
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 102 99 27 25
LEVETIRACETAM 101 73 29 123
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 100 89 30 121
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 100 97 30 138
SERTRALINE HCL 100 96 30 35
TRAZODONE HCL 96 76 33 34
GLIPIZIDE 94 73 34 29
CYMBALTA 92 84 35 54
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 91 73 S2 36 51
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 90 83 37 108
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 86 81 38 15
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 86 71 38 82
RISPERIDONE 81 67 40 87
KLOR-CON M20 80 78 41 70
LYRICA 79 64 42 96
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 78 64 43 14
LEVOFLOXACIN 77 69 44 92
METHADONE HCL 77 73 S2 44 126
NOVOLIN N 74 74 46 44
NAMENDA 73 73 47 57
OXYCONTIN 70 58 S2 48 98
LIDODERM 66 57 49 67
FENTANYL 62 62 S2 50 75
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 56 51 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 37 52 12
LACTULOSE 57 48 53 111
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 53 53 77
ATENOLOL 56 55 55 10
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 48 55 99
CARVEDILOL 55 43 57 47
RAMIPRIL 55 25 57 132
PAROXETINE HCL 54 25 59 68
VANCOMYCIN HCL 52 0 60 174
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 32 61 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 May 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.