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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,053Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 145 out of 663

$492K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 68 out of 663

252 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

19% of this provider’s 252 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 252 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 5,937 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$70 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
LISINOPRIL 330 275 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 305 282 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 304 241 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 246 231 4 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 202 179 5 21
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 201 187 6 5
CYMBALTA 180 144 7 54
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 171 163 8 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 169 137 S3 9 6
METFORMIN HCL 148 129 10 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 138 11 12
ATENOLOL 142 123 12 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 133 95 13 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 111 102 14 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 111 77 14 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 103 103 16 8
FENTANYL 101 100 S2 17 75
FUROSEMIDE 97 97 18 7
GLIMEPIRIDE 91 80 19 84
GABAPENTIN 91 64 19 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 82 82 21 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 81 69 22 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 75 23 22
LYRICA 74 63 24 96
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 56 24 15
TRAZODONE HCL 73 54 26 34
BENAZEPRIL HCL 72 62 27 141
NEXIUM 66 55 28 43
ACTOS 66 61 28 105
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62 46 30 82
TAMSULOSIN HCL 54 54 31 24
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 43 32 42
PREDNISONE 51 45 33 39
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 Feb. 11, 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.