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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,649Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 676

$793K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 676

763 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91% Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Colorado
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 763 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 763 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Colorado
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 692 609 155 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 558 519 89 2 7
WARFARIN SODIUM 530 491 71 3 10
SIMVASTATIN 481 448 126 4 2
LISINOPRIL 468 423 98 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 330 314 76 6 5
OMEPRAZOLE 323 282 78 7 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 316 246 76 S3 8 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 256 228 65 9 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 234 218 50 10 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 229 209 57 11 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 224 219* 53 12 11
METFORMIN HCL 201 167 44 13 9
CARVEDILOL 190 168 35 14 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 181 176* 49 15 14
GABAPENTIN 178 127 44 16 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 174 145 38 17 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 152 152 36 18 26
ALLOPURINOL 149 127 35 19 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 143 118 49 20 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 131 119 19 21 42
PREDNISONE 127 113 42 22 39
SYNTHROID 124 119* 30 23 45
LANTUS 123 118* 21 24 57
LORAZEPAM 122 117* 35 B 25 24
ALPRAZOLAM 121 98 28 B 26 36
CLONAZEPAM 117 89 26 B 27 64
MIRTAZAPINE 115 115 14 28 46
GLIMEPIRIDE 112 107* 26 29 76
CYMBALTA 112 83 14 29 47
DIOVAN 101 96* 19 31 61
CLOPIDOGREL 100 95* 23 32 38
TRAMADOL HCL 99 67 27 33 15
NAMENDA 93 88* 11 34 51
SERTRALINE HCL 90 85* 18 35 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 89 89 19 36 18
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 86 72 18 S2 37 28
CRESTOR 83 83 23 38 43
OXYCODONE HCL 80 65 16 S2 39 40
NOVOLOG 77 <11 <11 40 136
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 72* 22 40 22
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 75 49 16 S2 42 53
ATENOLOL 72 67* 19 43 12
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 52 23 44 58
LOVASTATIN 70 65* 22 45 35
VOLTAREN 69 <11 <11 46 89
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 69 64* 18 46 21
TRAZODONE HCL 68 47 15 48 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 67 16 49 54
VESICARE 62 <11 <11 50 140
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 61 61 14 51 52
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 <11 <11 R 52 96
PAROXETINE HCL 60 55* 13 52 70
MELOXICAM 60 48 19 52 66
RAMIPRIL 58 <11 <11 55 147
LYRICA 58 <11 <11 55 73
NEXIUM 56 51* 13 57 56
OLANZAPINE 56 <11 <11 A 57 90
FENTANYL 55 <11 <11 S2 59 77
CEPHALEXIN 54 49* 35 60 128
NYSTATIN 54 49* 25 60 130
KLOR-CON 10 54 <11 <11 60 158
TIZANIDINE HCL 54 37 11 60 151
AZITHROMYCIN 53 48* 43 64 68
KLOR-CON M20 52 <11 <11 65 69
OXYCONTIN 51 <11 <11 S2 66 92
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 46* 34 66 79
BUPROPION HCL SR 51 <11 <11 66 177
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 51 <11 <11 66 85
ESTRADIOL 50 45* 15 R 70 83
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 Dec. 26, 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.