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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,417Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 287 out of 910

$282K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 415 out of 910

525 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
16% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 525 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 525 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,671 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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
SIMVASTATIN 455 421 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 364 346 2 1
LISINOPRIL 284 236 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 211 192 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 205 193 5 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 129 6 12
TERAZOSIN HCL 131 119 7 61
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 129 97 8 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 128 127 S3 9 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 127 119 10 7
GABAPENTIN 126 109 11 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 124 99 12 17
ATENOLOL 122 116 13 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 122 115 13 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 113 15 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 109 16 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 83 17 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 90 86 18 14
RANITIDINE HCL 88 75 19 28
METFORMIN HCL 84 80 20 6
GLIPIZIDE 82 79 21 38
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 82 82 21 60
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 68 23 21
FUROSEMIDE 79 71 24 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 72 69 25 18
SERTRALINE HCL 68 63 26 24
ZOSTAVAX 62 59 27 160
LOVASTATIN 59 49 28 20
LANTUS 58 50 29 30
LIPITOR 58 55 29 97
FINASTERIDE 54 51 31 59
CITALOPRAM HBR 53 53 32 19
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 37 32 45
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 April 22, 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.