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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,170Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 663

$773K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 663

289 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

23% of this provider’s 289 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 289 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 10,373 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

49 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 869 828 1 8
FUROSEMIDE 596 442 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 503 366 3 3
LISINOPRIL 446 312 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 422 346 5 1
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 381 233 S2 6 26
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 352 239 S3 7 6
OMEPRAZOLE 330 285 8 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 309 254 9 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 263 215 10 5
GABAPENTIN 226 155 11 20
LANTUS 225 126 12 48
DONEPEZIL HCL 225 217 12 40
METFORMIN HCL 225 151 12 9
MIRTAZAPINE 206 206 15 52
OXYCODONE HCL 176 105 S2 16 41
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 161 134 17 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 139 111 18 18
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 134 84 19 81
RISPERIDONE 131 78 20 87
GLIPIZIDE 123 89 21 29
SERTRALINE HCL 122 71 22 35
TRAMADOL HCL 121 113 23 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 105 24 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 119 103 24 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 118 88 26 58
LEVOFLOXACIN 114 93 27 92
RANITIDINE HCL 112 43 28 31
COUMADIN 112 112 28 260
KLOR-CON M20 109 96 30 70
ADVAIR DISKUS 105 88 31 53
NAMENDA 103 81 32 57
OLANZAPINE 101 40 33 88
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 101 92 33 108
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 98 64 35 13
LACTULOSE 98 18 35 111
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 97 68 37 77
ATENOLOL 90 83 38 10
LEVETIRACETAM 87 40 39 123
PLAVIX 85 75 40 104
SPIRIVA 84 82 41 62
CLOPIDOGREL 84 68 41 65
CARVEDILOL 83 52 43 47
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 42 44 12
VALPROIC ACID 79 42 45 235
HALOPERIDOL 76 47 46 185
NOVOLIN 70-30 74 69 47 239
LABETALOL HCL 71 71 48 170
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 51 48 16
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 71 32 48 159
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 70 67 51 14
TRAZODONE HCL 70 24 51 34
PREDNISONE 70 58 51 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 58 54 15
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 68 54 S2 55 51
LYRICA 67 20 56 96
FENTANYL 66 39 S2 57 75
PAROXETINE HCL 65 65 58 68
PROPRANOLOL HCL 64 41 59 120
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 44 59 45
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 62 38 61 23
CLONIDINE HCL 62 50 61 79
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 61 40 63 86
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 60 17 R 64 170
ALLOPURINOL 56 46 65 28
BACLOFEN 56 13 65 122
SEROQUEL 55 46 67 176
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 48 68 102
REBIF 52 0 69 266
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 43 70 121
LATANOPROST 51 40 70 157
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 Oct. 21, 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.