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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,013Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 70 out of 910

$848K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 37 out of 910

351 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

21% of this provider’s 351 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 351 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 9,394 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

$71 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 478 353 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 477 351 2 3
LISINOPRIL 437 365 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 350 305 4 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 320 282 5 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 302 238 6 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 300 295 7 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 273 196 8 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 265 181 9 70
RISPERIDONE 264 180 10 67
MIRTAZAPINE 253 216 11 68
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 242 198 12 73
DONEPEZIL HCL 205 201 13 32
GABAPENTIN 202 120 14 13
METFORMIN HCL 171 132 15 6
TRAMADOL HCL 166 134 16 25
CLONIDINE HCL 165 139 17 51
TRAZODONE HCL 161 138 18 37
LANTUS 154 85 19 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 154 87 19 123
CLOZAPINE 146 32 21 219
NAMENDA 131 123 22 57
ATENOLOL 124 97 23 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 121 107 24 21
SERTRALINE HCL 117 102 25 24
SEROQUEL 115 63 26 135
NOVOLOG 111 57 27 78
GENERLAC 104 58 28 147
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 102 91 29 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 63 30 12
OLANZAPINE 100 60 31 145
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 99 91 32 91
ADVAIR DISKUS 94 73 33 45
LITHIUM CARBONATE 93 50 34 230
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 75 S3 35 8
GLIPIZIDE 86 75 36 38
RISPERDAL CONSTA 83 60 37 282
FINASTERIDE 74 71 38 59
CYMBALTA 73 50 39 58
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 61 S2 39 31
LEVETIRACETAM 73 34 39 98
TAMSULOSIN HCL 71 68 42 29
FAMOTIDINE 71 69 42 101
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 69 44 44 149
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 66 37 45 118
PROPRANOLOL HCL 62 14 46 120
CLOPIDOGREL 61 56 47 35
NYSTATIN 60 47 48 184
VALPROIC ACID 60 28 48 190
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 59 57 50 104
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 58 44 51 14
DIOVAN 57 57 52 34
BACLOFEN 55 28 53 100
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 39 54 158
AMIODARONE HCL 54 53 54 162
LAMOTRIGINE 53 29 56 221
OMEPRAZOLE 53 51 56 5
CARVEDILOL 52 48 58 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 51 51 59 15
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 42 59 110
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 50 44 61 62
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 Aug. 31, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.