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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,276Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 910

$1.53M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 910

755 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
63% 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

15% of this provider’s 755 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 755 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 17,742 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 1,115 983 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 928 780 2 3
LISINOPRIL 817 662 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 585 516 4 9
METFORMIN HCL 557 456 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 548 462 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 469 375 7 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 466 421 8 18
OMEPRAZOLE 427 346 9 5
LANTUS 405 333 10 30
SERTRALINE HCL 363 281 11 24
GABAPENTIN 339 204 12 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 337 219 S3 13 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 310 248 14 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 285 274 15 32
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 243 157 S2 16 31
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 225 150 17 123
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 217 120 S2 18 52
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 211 162 19 73
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 200 151 20 70
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 199 154 21 27
OXYCODONE HCL 193 112 S2 22 42
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 190 173 23 14
HUMALOG 179 133 24 128
TAMSULOSIN HCL 171 163 25 29
MIRTAZAPINE 170 139 26 68
WARFARIN SODIUM 159 134 27 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 122 28 12
OLANZAPINE 150 144 29 145
CRESTOR 149 126 30 26
LACTULOSE 148 99 31 109
ADVAIR DISKUS 147 111 32 45
NOVOLIN R 145 95 33 141
TRAZODONE HCL 142 114 34 37
ATENOLOL 137 126 35 10
CYMBALTA 131 102 36 58
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 129 112 37 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 128 113 38 16
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 128 110 38 115
CLOPIDOGREL 126 110 40 35
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 126 93 R 40 213
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 122 92 42 21
OXYCONTIN 118 75 S2 43 126
SPIRIVA 117 97 44 74
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 115 105 45 17
LEVETIRACETAM 112 88 46 98
RISPERIDONE 107 94 47 67
ALLOPURINOL 107 101 47 33
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 103 87 49 48
BACLOFEN 101 27 50 100
KLOR-CON M10 99 83 51 169
CARVEDILOL 98 91 52 36
PREDNISONE 98 63 52 43
RANITIDINE HCL 98 30 52 28
PROPRANOLOL HCL 97 72 55 120
PLAVIX 96 86 56 53
ABILIFY 95 75 57 173
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 94 71 58 81
SEROQUEL 94 74 58 135
NOVOLOG 93 86 60 78
LITHIUM CARBONATE 93 52 60 230
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 93 82 60 215
AZITHROMYCIN 89 75 63 41
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 89 49 63 83
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 88 78 65 15
TRAVATAN Z 86 86 66 286
NAMENDA 83 82 67 57
VYTORIN 83 83 67 82
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 82 57 69 117
GLIPIZIDE 81 78 70 38
CLONIDINE HCL 80 59 71 51
FAMOTIDINE 80 72 71 101
LYRICA 77 48 73 131
ZETIA 77 62 73 84
DIOVAN 76 65 75 34
BENICAR 75 68 76 94
KLOR-CON 10 75 59 76 88
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 72 71 78 91
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 71 69 79 113
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 40 80 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 52 81 44
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 52 82 110
GLIPIZIDE ER 67 59 83 87
LOVASTATIN 64 47 84 20
JANUVIA 64 64 84 69
MIDODRINE HCL 63 51 86 347
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 63 55 86 125
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63 39 86 134
DIOVAN HCT 61 57 89 133
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 61 56 S3 89 121
NIFEDIPINE ER 60 59 91 107
BRIMONIDINE TARTRATE 59 59 92 356
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 58 36 R 93 72
EXELON 57 57 94 181
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 43 S2 94 114
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 56 94 66
GEMFIBROZIL 55 33 97 63
PREMARIN 55 55 R 97 127
CLOZAPINE 54 38 99 219
RAMIPRIL 53 53 100 154
NAPROXEN 53 19 100 96
FENOFIBRATE 53 27 100 55
NYSTATIN 52 48 103 184
INSULIN SYRINGE 52 39 103 47
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 50 38 105 111
FINASTERIDE 50 47 105 59
SYNTHROID 50 40 105 54
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.