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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,224Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 676

$673K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 676

272 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74% Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

21% of this provider’s 272 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 272 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 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 583 398 60 1 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 494 353 55 2 1
LISINOPRIL 468 288 57 3 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 401 363 37 4 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 353 348* 17 5 10
OMEPRAZOLE 326 276 49 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 313 259 41 7 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 244 174 36 8 6
OXYCODONE HCL 232 135 24 S2 9 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 216 171 29 10 11
MIRTAZAPINE 215 210* 32 11 46
GABAPENTIN 210 161 27 12 16
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 210 138 15 S2 12 28
NAMENDA 197 185 12 14 51
RISPERIDONE 190 145 16 A 15 87
DONEPEZIL HCL 182 182 26 16 42
METFORMIN HCL 178 123 23 17 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 178 151 25 S3 17 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 177 156 19 19 18
LANTUS 171 101 22 20 57
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 161 137 20 21 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 157 152* 26 22 20
SERTRALINE HCL 146 105 17 23 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 128 105 19 24 52
TRAMADOL HCL 127 95 38 25 15
CLOPIDOGREL 124 97 15 26 38
RANITIDINE HCL 122 44 16 27 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 115 110* 14 28 13
LACTULOSE 113 <11 <11 29 134
COUMADIN 112 <11 <11 30 231
LEVOFLOXACIN 112 99 57 30 86
CARVEDILOL 110 65 17 32 48
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 107 64 15 33 85
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 102 88 12 A 34 62
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 101 <11 <11 35 155
TRAZODONE HCL 101 44 16 35 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 101 79 19 35 59
DIOVAN 96 <11 <11 38 61
OLANZAPINE 87 <11 <11 A 39 90
ALPRAZOLAM 86 <11 <11 B 40 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 71 16 41 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 82 45 11 42 25
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 81 57 27 43 81
ATENOLOL 80 <11 <11 44 12
LYRICA 80 <11 <11 44 73
LORAZEPAM 80 66 30 B 44 24
CLONAZEPAM 75 40 12 B 47 64
PAROXETINE HCL 72 <11 <11 48 70
GLIPIZIDE 72 <11 <11 48 29
LEVETIRACETAM 66 <11 <11 50 116
CYMBALTA 65 <11 <11 51 47
SPIRONOLACTONE 64 51 12 52 58
LATANOPROST 63 51 11 53 163
RENVELA 60 <11 <11 54 225
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 59 <11 <11 R 55 165
BACLOFEN 59 <11 <11 55 108
CLONIDINE HCL 59 <11 <11 55 78
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 58 <11 <11 58 14
KLOR-CON M20 57 <11 <11 59 69
LABETALOL HCL 57 <11 <11 59 193
INVEGA 56 <11 <11 A 61 318
PREDNISONE 54 49* 13 62 39
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 53 42 11 S2 63 53
ALLOPURINOL 53 <11 <11 63 27
FAMOTIDINE* 52 <11 <11 65 80
PROPRANOLOL HCL 50 <11 <11 66 113
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 Oct. 21, 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.