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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,223Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 663

$835K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 663

576 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

10% of this provider’s 576 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 576 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 14,672 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 888 851 1 3
SIMVASTATIN 716 639 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 598 545 3 7
LISINOPRIL 571 539 4 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 427 364 5 8
TRAMADOL HCL 408 332 6 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 381 347 S3 7 6
METFORMIN HCL 319 278 8 9
GABAPENTIN 318 291 9 20
OMEPRAZOLE 296 288 10 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 278 273 11 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 243 219 12 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 228 224 13 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 226 199 14 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 176 166 15 11
SERTRALINE HCL 174 146 16 35
SPIRONOLACTONE 163 126 17 58
DONEPEZIL HCL 160 160 18 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 153 139 19 13
ATENOLOL 151 151 20 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 148 127 21 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 141 136 22 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 141 124 22 24
ALLOPURINOL 134 124 24 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 133 118 25 77
CYMBALTA 123 113 26 54
ADVAIR DISKUS 123 109 26 53
NAMENDA 121 120 28 57
PREDNISONE 118 114 29 39
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 118 118 29 102
GLIMEPIRIDE 117 92 31 84
LOVASTATIN 114 110 32 30
NYSTATIN 112 109 33 124
DIGOXIN 109 109 34 50
MELOXICAM 108 100 35 61
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 106 84 S2 36 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 103 94 37 21
LANTUS 102 90 38 48
MIRTAZAPINE 97 97 39 52
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 73 39 22
FINASTERIDE 93 89 41 56
TRAZODONE HCL 91 74 42 34
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 91 84 42 69
OLANZAPINE 89 72 44 88
KLOR-CON M10 83 67 45 139
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 83 80 45 45
RANITIDINE HCL 83 64 45 31
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 81 81 48 14
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 77 48 32
BACLOFEN 80 61 50 122
LEVOFLOXACIN 79 74 51 92
PAROXETINE HCL 77 58 52 68
RISPERIDONE 76 76 53 87
NEXIUM 74 50 54 43
CLOPIDOGREL 74 66 54 65
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 74 38 54 164
OXYCONTIN 74 35 S2 54 98
CEPHALEXIN 69 57 58 119
LIDODERM 67 61 59 67
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 63 62 60 108
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 61 52 61 81
ABILIFY 60 55 62 145
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 59 59 63 15
AZITHROMYCIN 59 55 63 64
BUMETANIDE 57 57 65 110
TERAZOSIN HCL 57 56 65 38
OXYCODONE HCL 57 45 S2 65 41
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 56 53 68 255
GEMFIBROZIL 56 55 68 109
PREMARIN 56 49 R 68 156
CLONIDINE HCL 56 33 68 79
PEN NEEDLE 56 51 68 217
SPIRIVA 55 55 73 62
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 54 74 169
DIOVAN 52 52 75 59
KLOR-CON M20 52 47 75 70
PROPRANOLOL HCL 51 51 77 120
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 May 19, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.