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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,407Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 910

$963K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 25 out of 910

480 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
95% 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 Average for
this specialty
in Arizona
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,713 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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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.

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
Including Refills
Prescriptions
to 65+
Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Arizona
WARFARIN SODIUM 1,165 927 1 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 621 518 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 527 502 3 9
LISINOPRIL 430 366 4 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 394 323 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 384 320 6 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 369 324 S3 7 8
SIMVASTATIN 361 287 8 3
GABAPENTIN 357 268 9 13
SERTRALINE HCL 333 251 10 24
LANTUS 318 241 11 30
TRAZODONE HCL 307 226 12 37
DONEPEZIL HCL 269 248 13 32
NOVOLOG 256 201 14 78
CITALOPRAM HBR 251 206 15 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 220 193 16 18
LACTULOSE 203 97 17 109
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 199 137 S2 18 31
OMEPRAZOLE 189 131 19 5
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 187 152 20 27
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 184 143 21 102
PAROXETINE HCL 180 147 22 50
NAMENDA 179 177 23 57
CLONIDINE HCL 156 113 24 51
CYMBALTA 141 90 25 58
METFORMIN HCL 140 128 26 6
GLIPIZIDE 139 124 27 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 137 121 28 14
MIRTAZAPINE 136 96 29 68
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 136 94 29 118
RISPERIDONE 135 105 31 67
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 135 109 31 73
CLOPIDOGREL 132 126 33 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 129 112 34 45
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 128 102 35 70
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 121 109 36 91
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 119 89 37 117
BACLOFEN 118 34 38 100
CARVEDILOL 109 94 39 36
PREDNISONE 108 89 40 43
LOVASTATIN 107 107 41 20
HYDRALAZINE HCL 105 62 42 65
SODIUM CHLORIDE 104 75 43 194
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 102 78 44 23
ATENOLOL 100 84 45 10
LEVOFLOXACIN 100 79 45 110
ONDANSETRON HCL 98 55 47 262
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97 90 48 21
OXYCODONE HCL 95 50 S2 49 42
FAMOTIDINE 94 64 50 101
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 94 87 50 48
CEFTRIAXONE 92 80 52 235
KLOR-CON M20 88 84 53 95
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 66 54 12
NOVOLIN R 82 69 54 141
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 81 65 56 16
PROMETHAZINE HCL 80 43 R 57 129
DIGOXIN 80 80 57 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 76 67 59 22
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 53 59 81
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 71 52 61 134
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 71 54 61 158
LEVETIRACETAM 71 42 61 98
NYSTATIN 70 52 64 184
TAMSULOSIN HCL 69 63 65 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 62 66 49
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 67 32 S2 66 52
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 66 55 68 149
ABILIFY 66 36 68 173
SPIRIVA 66 62 68 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 66 66 68 15
HEPARIN SODIUM 64 33 72 182
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 64 53 72 83
SPIRONOLACTONE 64 54 72 66
TRAMADOL HCL 63 56 75 25
PLAVIX 63 57 75 53
LIDOCAINE HCL 63 51 75 299
LIDODERM 61 53 78 164
SANTYL 60 47 79 207
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 59 49 80 125
BUSPIRONE HCL 59 38 80 226
LYRICA 58 42 82 131
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 45 83 111
TERAZOSIN HCL 57 47 83 61
AMIODARONE HCL 56 50 85 162
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 31 86 104
HUMALOG 54 42 86 128
HALOPERIDOL 54 39 86 275
CEPHALEXIN 52 48 89 90
GLYBURIDE 52 52 R 89 46
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 24 R 91 72
NIFEDIPINE ER 51 40 91 107
SEROQUEL 50 37 93 135
About This Data

ProPublica obtained prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, under the Freedom of Information Act. The data for 2012 includes more than 1.2 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.5 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 382,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths 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.
  • The calculation of “Risky Drugs to Seniors” does not include drugs for which a provider wrote 11 or fewer prescriptions because Medicare redacted the information to protect patient privacy.
  • 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 25, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.