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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,774Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 328 out of 910

$308K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 377 out of 910

294 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98%Patients 65 Years and Older
10% 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

8% of this provider’s 294 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 294 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 5,693 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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
OMEPRAZOLE 269 264 1 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 267 263 2 16
LISINOPRIL 241 241 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 234 227 4 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 226 226 5 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 143 141 6 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 142 141 7 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 138 138 8 4
LOVASTATIN 136 136 9 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 132 128 10 11
GABAPENTIN 115 115 11 13
ATENOLOL 105 105 12 10
TRANDOLAPRIL 104 104 13 312
PAROXETINE HCL 97 93 14 50
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 95 15 32
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 85 73 S3 16 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 84 84 17 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 81 81 18 22
FINASTERIDE 78 78 19 59
CRESTOR 76 75 20 26
MELOXICAM 75 75 21 76
FUROSEMIDE 73 73 22 9
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 69 67 23 231
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 64 64 24 183
CLOPIDOGREL 63 62 25 35
GLIMEPIRIDE 60 60 26 56
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 60 26 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 59 26 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 56 56 29 14
FELODIPINE ER 53 53 30 159
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 53 30 81
PREDNISONE 52 52 32 43
TOPROL XL 51 51 33 237
LORAZEPAM 50 50 34 151
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 Jan. 10, 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.