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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,081Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 910

$684K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 77 out of 910

1,071 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
13% 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 1,071 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 1,071 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 13,738 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

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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
SIMVASTATIN 822 786 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 813 775 2 1
LISINOPRIL 530 480 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 529 505 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 489 468 5 5
GABAPENTIN 451 380 6 13
ATENOLOL 375 367 7 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 306 294 8 11
METFORMIN HCL 281 236 9 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 272 257 10 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 239 210 S3 11 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 225 204 12 7
FUROSEMIDE 212 197 13 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 211 195 14 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 204 182 15 15
FENOFIBRATE 199 191 16 55
GLIPIZIDE XL 195 180 17 108
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 189 187 18 62
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 180 161 19 16
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 172 167 20 60
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 169 168 21 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 162 148 22 17
GLIPIZIDE 161 154 23 38
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 143 23 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 158 150 25 29
TERAZOSIN HCL 149 139 26 61
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 149 139 26 23
FINASTERIDE 137 137 28 59
OXYCODONE HCL 135 86 S2 29 42
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 130 117 30 39
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 125 117 31 180
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 121 110 32 14
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 119 108 33 111
SERTRALINE HCL 118 111 34 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 111 100 35 18
INSULIN SYRINGE 107 78 36 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 105 105 37 81
LOVASTATIN 104 98 38 20
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 101 39 79
CITALOPRAM HBR 97 88 40 19
CLOPIDOGREL 96 88 41 35
PREDNISONE 92 85 42 43
DIGOXIN 91 91 43 64
LANTUS 91 79 43 30
ALLOPURINOL 90 75 45 33
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 89 76 R 46 80
NIFEDIAC CC 88 88 47 131
RANITIDINE HCL 86 70 48 28
PAROXETINE HCL 85 72 49 50
GALANTAMINE HBR 83 83 50 241
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 83 50 44
TRAMADOL HCL 83 71 50 25
PLAVIX 79 75 53 53
FENTANYL 74 57 S2 54 142
CARVEDILOL 73 72 55 36
GEMFIBROZIL 68 66 56 63
DILTIAZEM ER 63 61 57 105
KLOR-CON 10 63 62 57 88
LIPITOR 62 54 59 97
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 49 60 48
CYMBALTA 60 40 60 58
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 44 S2 62 31
AMOXICILLIN 54 52 63 150
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 51 49 64 104
ENDOCET 51 28 S2 64 130
NITROSTAT 50 47 66 240
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. 29, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.