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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,571Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 663

$2.38M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 663

594 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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

9% of this provider’s 594 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 594 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 32,567 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% 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

58 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 1,271 1,201 1 3
NEXIUM 1,203 1,169 2 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 909 862 3 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 774 753 4 5
LIDODERM 754 708 5 67
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 750 710 6 23
SIMVASTATIN 735 704 7 1
ATENOLOL 713 672 8 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 673 638 9 13
METFORMIN HCL 655 616 10 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 584 546 11 8
LISINOPRIL 545 455 12 2
LIPITOR 533 504 10 13 72
FUROSEMIDE 520 491 14 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 515 454 15 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 508 440 S3 16 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 506 499 17 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 501 484 18 24
OMEPRAZOLE 464 414 19 4
LOVAZA 456 445 20 103
MECLIZINE HCL 409 396 21 136
CRESTOR 398 379 22 37
VOLTAREN 378 368 23 107
CLONIDINE HCL 377 369 24 79
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 359 346 25 60
SERTRALINE HCL 348 348 26 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 338 316 27 27
DIOVAN 333 333 28 59
GABAPENTIN 314 270 29 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 306 285 30 25
DEXILANT 292 276 31 146
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 285 277 32 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 284 284 33 40
CELEBREX 283 282 34 85
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 256 256 35 93
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 254 253 36 21
TRAMADOL HCL 252 227 37 17
DIOVAN HCT 249 249 38 115
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 248 238 39 77
NITROSTAT 241 241 40 152
GLIPIZIDE ER 237 228 41 130
CLOPIDOGREL 233 232 42 65
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 232 202 43 22
JANUVIA 223 223 44 78
BENICAR HCT 217 212 45 195
CREON 214 207 46 153
ALLOPURINOL 204 194 47 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 199 199 48 15
AMMONIUM LACTATE 199 198 48 168
BENICAR 198 198 50 149
DICYCLOMINE HCL 194 181 51 181
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 194 194 51 127
FINASTERIDE 193 193 53 56
LYRICA 192 188 54 96
IBUPROFEN 186 150 55 89
PLAVIX 178 168 56 104
ACTOS 175 169 57 105
LUNESTA 171 171 58 155
FAMOTIDINE 168 166 59 76
ADVAIR DISKUS 162 150 60 53
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 155 133 61 187
LEXAPRO 154 144 62 197
GLIPIZIDE 154 148 62 29
CHLORHEXIDINE GLUCONATE 153 149 64 238
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 152 146 65 164
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 150 150 66 169
PAROXETINE HCL 142 132 67 68
GLYBURIDE 139 139 R 68 83
PREDNISONE 138 131 69 39
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 136 125 S3 70 158
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 135 131 R 71 131
CARVEDILOL 133 133 72 47
SINGLE USE SWAB 131 131 73 180
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 131 131 73 163
TRICOR 129 121 75 191
MELOXICAM 126 125 76 61
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 124 110 77 82
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 121 102 78 74
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 119 112 R 79 71
AZITHROMYCIN 116 98 80 64
CITALOPRAM HBR 115 94 81 18
HYDRALAZINE HCL 113 110 82 101
PROCTOZONE-HC 113 113 82 224
JANUMET 107 100 84 147
ZETIA 107 107 84 80
LIDOCAINE 106 90 86 233
NAMENDA 104 104 87 57
SYNTHROID 102 102 88 46
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 101 101 89 73
LACTULOSE 101 101 89 111
PROPRANOLOL HCL 101 101 89 120
LEVOFLOXACIN 99 92 92 92
CYMBALTA 98 92 93 54
GLIMEPIRIDE 98 95 93 84
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 97 97 95 269
FLUOCINONIDE 96 86 96 236
BONIVA 92 92 97 244
AVODART 90 90 98 195
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 88 81 99 241
TORSEMIDE 85 72 100 249
DETROL LA 84 76 101 190
LANTUS 84 80 101 48
BYSTOLIC 82 79 103 116
VERAMYST 81 81 10 104 236
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 80 78 105 182
INDOMETHACIN 80 64 R 105 246
RANITIDINE HCL 79 64 107 31
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 78 34 S2 108 26
FENTANYL 78 78 S2 108 75
PATANOL 75 75 110 279
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 74 71 111 161
TERAZOSIN HCL 73 73 112 38
ONGLYZA 72 72 113 284
XOPENEX HFA 72 68 113 284
PROAIR HFA 70 63 115 33
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 70 68 R 115 287
LABETALOL HCL 68 62 117 170
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 68 117 94
ECONAZOLE NITRATE 68 68 117 289
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 66 64 R 120 95
NAPROXEN 64 63 121 135
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 63 63 122 291
VERAPAMIL ER 62 62 123 129
NASONEX 62 60 123 222
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 52 125 32
GLIPIZIDE XL 60 58 126 200
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 59 126 55
OLANZAPINE 58 56 128 88
COREG CR 58 58 128 305
DIGOXIN 55 55 130 50
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 55 45 130 137
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 54 132 69
ARICEPT 53 53 133 317
CEPHALEXIN 51 45 134 119
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 51 134 206
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 51 41 134 112
SELENIUM SULFIDE 50 50 137 333
HYDROCORTISONE 50 50 137 333
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 18, 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.