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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,486Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 910

$498K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 176 out of 910

730 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

23% of this provider’s 730 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 730 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 9,031 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 745 424 S3 1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 581 415 2 1
ATENOLOL 547 425 3 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 514 411 4 12
LISINOPRIL 502 362 5 2
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 407 183 S2 6 31
METFORMIN HCL 338 266 7 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 325 278 8 4
OMEPRAZOLE 319 206 9 5
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 292 108 S2 10 52
SIMVASTATIN 274 245 11 3
LOVASTATIN 254 217 12 20
AZITHROMYCIN 253 156 13 41
OXYCODONE HCL 222 74 S2 14 42
FUROSEMIDE 196 127 15 9
METHADONE HCL 192 48 S2 16 143
GLIPIZIDE 160 127 17 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 153 78 18 19
PROAIR HFA 146 74 19 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 142 121 20 7
CARISOPRODOL 135 22 R 21 71
GABAPENTIN 127 49 22 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 126 112 23 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 124 73 24 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 123 78 25 18
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 118 114 26 62
GLIMEPIRIDE 118 94 26 56
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 116 68 28 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 115 101 29 16
TRAZODONE HCL 110 58 30 37
RANITIDINE HCL 109 74 31 28
NAPROXEN 107 63 32 96
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 106 27 33 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 92 70 34 11
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 90 70 35 137
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 88 68 36 22
DIOVAN 84 78 37 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 83 74 38 14
CLOPIDOGREL 80 66 39 35
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80 19 R 39 72
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76 49 41 21
PREDNISONE 74 58 42 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 73 51 43 29
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 70 36 44 83
GLYBURIDE 69 56 R 45 46
GEMFIBROZIL 64 64 46 63
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 58 51 47 39
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 42 47 47
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 33 49 66
ALLOPURINOL 57 51 49 33
CYMBALTA 55 27 51 58
MORPHINE SULFATE 54 12 S2 52 156
IBUPROFEN 54 22 52 75
CEPHALEXIN 54 46 52 90
PLAVIX 53 51 55 53
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 53 36 55 125
VYTORIN 53 33 55 82
CARVEDILOL 51 33 58 36
CLONIDINE HCL 51 21 58 51
FENTANYL 50 18 S2 60 142
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 21, 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.