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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,683Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 157 out of 663

$535K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 663

368 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
12% 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 368 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 368 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 6,068 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$80 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $56 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
SIMVASTATIN 457 434 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 300 278 2 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 262 245 3 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 238 216 4 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 219 207 5 5
LISINOPRIL 141 112 6 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 117 103 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 110 95 8 127
CRESTOR 109 103 9 37
OMEPRAZOLE 106 97 10 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 99 11 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 95 89 12 18
BENAZEPRIL HCL 95 95 12 141
SYNTHROID 93 93 14 46
MIRTAZAPINE 84 84 15 52
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 78 58 16 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77 73 17 45
CELEBREX 76 74 18 85
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 50 S3 19 6
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 70 70 20 77
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 59 21 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 56 22 22
TRAMADOL HCL 60 60 23 17
LIPITOR 59 59 24 72
ALLOPURINOL 59 58 24 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 56 26 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 57 48 27 25
LYRICA 56 53 28 96
LUNESTA 55 35 29 155
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 50 30 58
MELOXICAM 53 37 31 61
BYSTOLIC 53 53 31 116
METFORMIN HCL 51 47 33 9
DEXILANT 50 47 34 146
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 April 5, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.