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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,371Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 278 out of 1278

$397K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 220 out of 1278

393 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
17% 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

6% of this provider’s 393 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 393 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,696 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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 339 321 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 334 306 2 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 202 186 3 16
LISINOPRIL 199 174 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 190 148 5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 180 132 S3 6 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 169 152 7 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 146 8 8
OMEPRAZOLE 151 129 9 6
FUROSEMIDE 128 115 10 10
ATENOLOL 117 100 11 11
METFORMIN HCL 115 97 12 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 108 100 13 19
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 95 88 14 134
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 91 74 15 21
ALLOPURINOL 78 78 16 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 74 72 17 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73 66 18 23
NIASPAN 72 72 19 131
TAMSULOSIN HCL 69 69 20 32
DIOVAN 66 66 21 44
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 53 22 34
TRAMADOL HCL 64 33 23 25
KLOR-CON 10 60 60 24 91
CRESTOR 58 58 25 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 55 26 24
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 54 27 43
GABAPENTIN 53 52 28 12
JANUVIA 52 52 29 68
CITALOPRAM HBR 50 44 30 22
RANITIDINE HCL 50 50 30 20
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.