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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,411Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 663

$735K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 663

635 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

12% of this provider’s 635 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 635 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 11,664 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 641 581 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 600 538 2 1
LISINOPRIL 472 430 3 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 442 345 S3 4 6
METFORMIN HCL 419 380 5 9
OMEPRAZOLE 368 329 6 4
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 361 322 7 22
FUROSEMIDE 324 312 8 7
ATENOLOL 314 277 9 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 280 263 10 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 254 225 11 8
GLIPIZIDE 220 189 12 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 213 169 13 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 209 205 14 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 205 189 15 5
GABAPENTIN 194 168 16 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 162 143 17 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 147 104 18 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 142 142 19 40
ALLOPURINOL 134 117 20 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 124 97 21 15
KLOR-CON M20 116 115 22 70
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 115 94 23 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 91 24 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 108 95 25 25
MIRTAZAPINE 107 93 26 52
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 94 91 27 21
BUMETANIDE 92 70 28 110
DIGOXIN 92 88 28 50
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 89 69 S2 30 26
TRAMADOL HCL 86 72 31 17
CLONIDINE HCL 84 82 32 79
SYNTHROID 83 79 33 46
GEMFIBROZIL 80 71 34 109
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 80 71 34 118
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 78 74 36 164
PREDNISONE 76 48 37 39
NEXIUM 75 44 38 43
SERTRALINE HCL 75 73 38 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 72 71 40 14
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 66 41 60
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 67 54 42 255
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 61 R 43 95
LANTUS 65 58 44 48
DIOVAN 65 61 44 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 58 44 74
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 64 64 47 99
OLANZAPINE 64 64 47 88
AZITHROMYCIN 63 52 49 64
LIPITOR 63 63 49 72
OXYCONTIN 61 24 S2 51 98
LOVASTATIN 61 61 51 30
CLOPIDOGREL 60 47 53 65
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 58 54 58
CRESTOR 59 59 54 37
VYTORIN 58 41 56 173
CYMBALTA 58 42 56 54
CELEBREX 58 58 56 85
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 58 43 56 69
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 57 54 60 73
PAROXETINE HCL 57 56 60 68
LANSOPRAZOLE 55 53 62 231
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 54 46 63 27
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 53 64 82
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 53 64 93
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 52 47 66 45
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 28 67 86
DIOVAN HCT 51 51 67 115
FAMOTIDINE 50 37 69 76
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 50 69 140
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 March 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.