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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,431Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 112 out of 676

$604K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 676

635 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% Patients 65 Years and Older
9% 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

4% of this provider’s 635 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 635 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

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 713 683 166 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 517 482 127 2 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 271 266* 62 3 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 266 261* 58 4 5
LISINOPRIL 252 231 69 5 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 241 224 62 6 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 183 178* 46 7 10
FUROSEMIDE 164 152 42 8 7
LOVASTATIN 161 156* 39 9 35
OMEPRAZOLE 158 153* 41 10 4
METFORMIN HCL 135 109 39 11 9
ALLOPURINOL 128 123* 36 12 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 122 110 27 13 25
SYNTHROID 112 112 30 14 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 102* 32 15 22
DIOVAN 106 91 24 16 61
DONEPEZIL HCL 105 105 17 17 42
ATENOLOL 103 98* 23 18 12
CRESTOR 101 101 24 19 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 98 93* 19 20 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 92 62 30 S3 21 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 90 85* 23 22 21
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 89 84* 20 23 52
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 88 25 24 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 86 81* 25 25 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 82 82 39 26 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 80 80 16 27 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 78 62 21 28 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 77 77 23 29 13
TRAMADOL HCL 73 58 24 30 15
ALPRAZOLAM 72 67* 27 B 31 36
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 64* 23 32 115
VESICARE 64 64 13 33 140
CLOPIDOGREL 63 47 13 34 38
CELEBREX 52 47* 17 35 75
GLIMEPIRIDE 52 52 13 35 76
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 Jan. 10, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.