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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,291Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 22

$536K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 22

441 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

13% of this provider’s 441 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 8%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 441 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 7,512 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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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
LISINOPRIL 378 312 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 360 263 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 297 261 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 292 237 4 1
TRAMADOL HCL 240 162 5 22
GABAPENTIN 218 165 6 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 215 173 7 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 214 177 8 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 209 174 9 15
OMEPRAZOLE 204 164 10 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 204 178 10 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 190 190 12 9
METFORMIN HCL 160 97 13 11
LANTUS 144 118 14 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 140 129 15 5
DIOVAN 134 129 16 59
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 128 100 17 13
NAMENDA 111 111 18 17
PROAIR HFA 109 85 19 62
MIRTAZAPINE 104 84 20 24
CLOPIDOGREL 97 79 21 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 96 77 22 26
ATENOLOL 93 84 23 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 90 70 24 62
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 87 61 25 19
ALLOPURINOL 87 57 25 40
TRAZODONE HCL 85 56 27 18
PREDNISONE 78 61 28 35
GLIPIZIDE 75 48 29 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 71 61 S2 30 39
AZITHROMYCIN 69 54 31 46
SPIRIVA 67 62 32 52
CARVEDILOL 67 65 32 38
CYMBALTA 63 55 34 67
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 53 35 44
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 54 35 29
LEVOFLOXACIN 60 49 37 86
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 45 38 83
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 42 39 23
KLOR-CON M20 52 44 40 43
RANITIDINE HCL 52 34 40 57
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 50 43 42 31
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 30, 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.