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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,988Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 676

$791K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 676

400 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81% Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

17% of this provider’s 400 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 400 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$66 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
FUROSEMIDE 420 350 70 1 7
LISINOPRIL 405 352 81 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 392 342 72 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 379 351 63 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 302 273 59 5 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 232 137 55 S3 6 8
GABAPENTIN 215 162 42 7 16
CARVEDILOL 206 183 29 8 48
OMEPRAZOLE 202 153 32 9 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 201 130 19 10 10
CYMBALTA 190 153 22 11 47
LANTUS 180 154 19 12 57
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 175 140 34 13 11
OXYCODONE HCL 175 39 23 S2 13 40
NAMENDA 162 162 18 15 51
METFORMIN HCL 149 123 32 16 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 147 126 38 17 6
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 144 116 18 A 18 62
LYRICA 129 109 16 19 73
ALLOPURINOL 126 115 23 20 27
LORAZEPAM 122 70 34 B 21 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 121 24 22 42
RANITIDINE HCL 120 91 20 23 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 113 92 22 24 25
TRAMADOL HCL 107 102* 35 25 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 106 106 19 26 17
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 105 43 17 S2 27 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 105 92 29 27 26
VOLTAREN 103 <11 <11 29 89
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 97* 18 30 18
ALPRAZOLAM 100 34 19 B 31 36
FENTANYL 100 59 13 S2 31 77
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 96 66 21 33 19
VESICARE 93 88* 11 34 140
DIOVAN 93 <11 <11 34 61
LOVASTATIN 91 64 29 36 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 75 17 37 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 87 82* 16 38 20
GLIPIZIDE 84 69 11 39 29
JANUVIA 82 <11 <11 40 71
RISPERIDONE 82 67 11 A 40 87
GLIMEPIRIDE 74 69* 14 42 76
SERTRALINE HCL 74 62 12 42 31
ROPINIROLE HCL 74 <11 <11 42 122
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 67 62* 14 45 21
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 51 13 46 58
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 55 21 46 22
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 65 <11 <11 S2 48 53
TRAZODONE HCL 64 33 16 49 30
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62 57* 16 50 81
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 49 14 51 23
CLOPIDOGREL 61 46 15 51 38
LIDODERM 61 56* 15 51 72
PREDNISONE 61 45 20 51 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 58 53* 13 55 13
NEXIUM 58 36 13 55 56
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 58 <11 <11 55 85
METHADONE HCL 56 <11 <11 S2 58 124
METFORMIN HCL ER 54 49* 15 59 98
BYSTOLIC 53 <11 <11 60 101
LEVETIRACETAM 51 <11 <11 61 116
NOVOLIN R 51 <11 <11 61 327
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 46* 12 61 50
OXYCONTIN 50 <11 <11 S2 64 92
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 June 9, 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.