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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,036Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 663

$899K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 663

617 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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

7% of this provider’s 617 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 617 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 9,036 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$69 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
LISINOPRIL 666 516 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 543 400 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 447 319 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 446 264 4 4
METFORMIN HCL 336 216 5 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 294 179 6 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 256 192 7 13
FUROSEMIDE 250 225 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 235 199 9 5
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 189 142 10 45
DONEPEZIL HCL 187 187 11 40
ATENOLOL 159 104 12 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 157 125 13 18
NEXIUM 149 95 14 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 136 76 15 24
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 134 95 16 81
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 124 61 S3 17 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 123 105 18 21
LYRICA 122 90 19 96
KLOR-CON M20 121 121 20 70
FAMOTIDINE 113 63 21 76
OLANZAPINE 112 38 22 88
GABAPENTIN 111 67 23 20
TRAMADOL HCL 110 57 24 17
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 108 71 R 25 95
NAMENDA 107 107 26 57
SERTRALINE HCL 106 73 27 35
MELOXICAM 106 89 27 61
CYMBALTA 103 44 29 54
OLANZAPINE ODT 100 92 30 208
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 100 68 30 11
RISPERIDONE 100 79 30 87
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 97 67 33 82
BUMETANIDE 97 79 33 110
SPIRIVA 97 65 33 62
GLIPIZIDE 96 73 36 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 92 83 37 69
LANTUS 91 85 38 48
MIRTAZAPINE 89 75 39 52
DIOVAN 87 81 40 59
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 55 41 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 83 78 42 23
PAROXETINE HCL 81 62 43 68
LOVASTATIN 78 41 44 30
ACTOS 78 46 44 105
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 38 44 53
LUNESTA 77 51 47 155
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 35 47 16
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 76 55 49 77
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 74 48 50 108
VENTOLIN HFA 72 30 51 162
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 22 51 27
ROPINIROLE HCL 70 70 53 140
CRESTOR 67 43 54 37
TRAZODONE HCL 65 47 55 34
IBUPROFEN 63 37 56 89
PROAIR HFA 63 24 56 33
NOVOLOG 63 58 56 143
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 62 38 59 25
JANUVIA 62 34 59 78
ZETIA 59 43 61 80
DIGOXIN 58 53 62 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 58 56 62 32
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 54 32 64 86
ABILIFY 54 40 64 145
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 52 52 66 93
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 52 40 66 137
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 51 20 R 68 71
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51 42 68 14
NAPROXEN 50 30 70 135
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 28, 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.