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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,061Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 68 out of 910

$809K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 910

722 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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

15% of this provider’s 722 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 722 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 10,162 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

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 531 502 1 1
LISINOPRIL 503 438 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 338 300 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 291 254 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 265 243 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 257 227 6 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 250 226 7 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 249 224 S3 8 8
GABAPENTIN 237 202 9 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 223 199 10 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 221 194 11 18
METFORMIN HCL 216 174 12 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 203 188 13 11
OXYCODONE HCL 200 68 S2 14 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 178 147 15 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 174 174 16 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 170 165 17 12
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 163 119 S2 18 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 137 115 19 21
ATENOLOL 135 130 20 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 135 127 20 22
TAMSULOSIN HCL 127 115 22 29
TRAZODONE HCL 123 109 23 37
TRAMADOL HCL 114 92 24 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 90 25 27
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 92 79 26 239
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 91 74 27 125
LOVASTATIN 90 89 28 20
CLONIDINE HCL 90 58 28 51
HYDRALAZINE HCL 89 74 30 65
SINGULAIR 87 81 31 144
SERTRALINE HCL 87 82 31 24
DIGOXIN 79 79 33 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 78 68 34 14
CLOPIDOGREL 77 69 35 35
CARVEDILOL 76 58 36 36
CEPHALEXIN 74 69 37 90
GLIPIZIDE 71 54 38 38
RISPERIDONE 70 69 39 67
RANITIDINE HCL 69 55 40 28
CRESTOR 69 68 40 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 58 40 45
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 68 66 43 134
PLAVIX 66 59 44 53
LANTUS 66 46 44 30
PREDNISONE 65 61 46 43
DIOVAN 64 56 47 34
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 63 45 48 234
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 62 55 49 81
ALPRAZOLAM 61 59 50 172
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 57 38 51 118
KLOR-CON M20 57 56 51 95
CLINIMIX E 56 56 10 53 365
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 54 54 83
KLOR-CON 10 53 52 55 88
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 52 43 56 16
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 40 57 62
GEMFIBROZIL 51 41 57 63
CARISOPRODOL 50 18 R 59 71
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 50 49 59 70
AZITHROMYCIN 50 41 59 41
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 July 25, 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.