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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,232Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 663

$1.53M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 663

283 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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

7% of this provider’s 283 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 283 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 15,968 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

45% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$89 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

61 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
LOVAZA 786 749 1 103
SIMVASTATIN 520 481 2 1
NEXIUM 507 497 3 43
LISINOPRIL 475 437 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 475 472 4 3
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 375 323 6 27
CRESTOR 359 351 7 37
ATENOLOL 342 328 8 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 320 307 9 14
JANUMET 316 299 10 147
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 315 298 11 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 292 269 12 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 276 253 13 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 261 235 14 16
ZETIA 260 244 15 80
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 240 229 16 23
LIPITOR 227 222 17 72
BYSTOLIC 222 216 18 116
METFORMIN HCL 222 208 18 9
DEXILANT 221 200 20 146
OMEPRAZOLE 207 169 21 4
FUROSEMIDE 201 194 22 7
CYMBALTA 199 180 23 54
LIDODERM 198 180 24 67
JANUVIA 194 193 25 78
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 189 178 26 12
VOLTAREN 166 155 27 107
WARFARIN SODIUM 166 166 27 8
BENICAR 166 164 27 149
TAMSULOSIN HCL 165 153 30 24
NIASPAN 159 144 31 117
AMMONIUM LACTATE 153 137 32 168
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 146 33 22
TRAZODONE HCL 150 136 34 34
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 145 133 35 25
SPIRONOLACTONE 144 144 36 58
LUNESTA 137 127 37 155
LYRICA 133 112 38 96
ACTOS 130 128 39 105
NASONEX 128 128 40 222
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 122 41 60
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 119 119 42 148
SYNTHROID 113 92 43 46
ALLOPURINOL 113 113 43 28
SERTRALINE HCL 111 95 45 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 108 107 46 101
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 107 89 47 5
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 102 98 R 48 95
PAROXETINE HCL 100 80 49 68
DIOVAN 99 99 50 59
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 97 79 51 82
CLOPIDOGREL 94 88 52 65
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 89 85 53 21
DIOVAN HCT 87 87 54 115
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 86 57 S3 55 6
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 86 86 55 93
AMITIZA 86 82 55 272
BUMETANIDE 84 83 58 110
PLAVIX 84 68 58 104
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 83 74 60 187
TRAMADOL HCL 82 61 61 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 79 79 62 40
KETOPROFEN 77 77 63 277
BENICAR HCT 73 53 64 195
SINGULAIR 73 59 64 222
VERAMYST 73 73 64 236
SINGLE USE SWAB 72 72 67 180
FLECTOR 70 70 68 287
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 69 60 69 221
NAMENDA 68 68 70 57
MIRTAZAPINE 67 65 71 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 59 72 45
GLYBURIDE 61 61 R 73 83
RANITIDINE HCL 59 42 74 31
DOXEPIN HCL 59 59 74 258
GABAPENTIN 58 48 76 20
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 57 R 77 71
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 57 45 77 164
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 51 77 77
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 51 80 140
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 39 81 169
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 Jan. 28, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.