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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,533Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 277 out of 910

$544K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 143 out of 910

349 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 349 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 349 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 5,327 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

40% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$83 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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 334 303 1 1
LISINOPRIL 318 256 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 250 218 3 3
CRESTOR 195 179 4 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 193 145 5 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 181 165 6 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 174 135 S3 7 8
METFORMIN HCL 147 130 8 6
EXFORGE 113 113 9 198
ZETIA 112 82 10 84
VYTORIN 105 78 11 82
SYNTHROID 103 86 12 54
FUROSEMIDE 95 81 13 9
LOVASTATIN 94 90 14 20
ATELVIA 88 87 15 168
SERTRALINE HCL 83 54 16 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 79 78 17 7
BENAZEPRIL HCL 77 76 18 89
CARISOPRODOL 76 20 R 19 71
DIOVAN 71 56 20 34
OMEPRAZOLE 71 40 20 5
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 65 31 S2 22 52
AZITHROMYCIN 65 53 22 41
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 62 59 24 16
OXYCODONE HCL 56 31 S2 25 42
TRAMADOL HCL 55 33 26 25
CELEBREX 55 53 26 85
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 52 33 28 18
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 47 29 48
ACTONEL 50 50 30 102
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 June 22, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.