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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,821Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 153 out of 663

$387K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 143 out of 663

615 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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

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

7% 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

2% of this provider’s 5,200 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

11 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 466 377 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 301 236 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 295 235 3 5
LISINOPRIL 263 208 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 214 157 5 4
METFORMIN HCL 208 146 6 9
FUROSEMIDE 177 134 7 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 154 124 8 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 131 103 9 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 121 114 10 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 121 82 10 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 113 49 S3 12 6
ATENOLOL 113 89 12 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 98 14 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 97 15 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108 87 16 25
GABAPENTIN 102 72 17 20
LOVASTATIN 90 88 18 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 79 79 19 24
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 79 47 S2 19 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 47 21 23
ALLOPURINOL 72 72 21 28
PREDNISONE 68 55 23 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 68 40 23 18
RANITIDINE HCL 67 36 25 31
SERTRALINE HCL 63 42 26 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 39 27 53
CYMBALTA 60 37 28 54
GLYBURIDE 59 34 R 29 83
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 59 47 29 45
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 54 41 31 14
GLIPIZIDE 53 53 32 29
PROAIR HFA 52 35 33 33
TRAZODONE HCL 50 27 34 34
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 28, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.