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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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3,974Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 374 out of 676

$169K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 462 out of 676

310 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

14% of this provider’s 310 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 310 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Brand Name Drugs*

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$43 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
FUROSEMIDE 284 279* 41 1 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 161 146 34 2 1
LISINOPRIL 146 131 45 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 105 91 34 4 11
NAMENDA 92 <11 <11 5 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 91 86* 20 6 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 91 91 16 6 42
SIMVASTATIN 91 67 31 6 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 90 85* 32 S3 9 8
CLOPIDOGREL 83 78* 19 10 38
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 80 75* 16 11 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 73 68* 20 12 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 72 19 13 14
SERTRALINE HCL 68 68 19 14 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 67 54 17 15 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 65 65 17 16 20
PREDNISONE 55 55 18 17 39
KLOR-CON M20 53 53 11 18 69
TRAMADOL HCL 52 47* 21 19 15
CARVEDILOL 51 51 11 20 48
EVISTA 50 <11 <11 21 177
GABAPENTIN 50 45* 12 21 16
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 May 2, 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.