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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,870Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 19 out of 910

$763K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 910

1,203 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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

10% of this provider’s 1,203 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 1,203 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 13,815 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 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 1,022 944 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 663 634 2 1
LISINOPRIL 602 521 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 514 449 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 449 392 5 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 414 293 S3 6 8
ATENOLOL 376 353 7 10
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 375 352 8 60
FUROSEMIDE 358 326 9 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 350 338 10 7
METFORMIN HCL 341 314 11 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 321 292 12 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 298 237 13 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 251 221 14 27
GLIPIZIDE 248 232 15 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 231 205 16 21
TRAMADOL HCL 223 204 17 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 222 199 18 18
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 187 181 19 39
GABAPENTIN 181 140 20 13
OXYCODONE HCL 162 45 S2 21 42
TERAZOSIN HCL 161 149 22 61
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 129 23 12
CLOPIDOGREL 143 133 24 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 134 25 15
LOVASTATIN 135 122 26 20
ALLOPURINOL 133 124 27 33
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 131 131 28 62
FLUOXETINE HCL 128 120 29 49
SERTRALINE HCL 125 81 30 24
AMOXICILLIN 123 102 31 150
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 123 88 S2 31 52
CLONIDINE HCL 122 117 33 51
DILTIAZEM ER 121 117 34 105
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 121 101 34 23
ADVAIR DISKUS 119 110 36 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 119 112 36 22
GEMFIBROZIL 116 112 38 63
PLAVIX 115 112 39 53
FINASTERIDE 111 111 40 59
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 109 104 S2 41 31
PROAIR HFA 108 83 42 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 103 103 43 32
ENDOCET 100 44 S2 44 130
LANTUS 95 66 45 30
PREDNISONE 90 88 46 43
CARISOPRODOL 88 44 R 47 71
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87 73 48 14
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 86 74 49 152
FENTANYL 85 30 S2 50 142
KLOR-CON 10 82 66 51 88
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 80 80 52 111
DIGOXIN 80 68 52 64
TRAZODONE HCL 78 40 54 37
INSULIN SYRINGE 74 53 55 47
GLYBURIDE 73 65 R 56 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 73 67 56 29
GLIPIZIDE XL 71 67 58 108
ESTRADIOL 71 69 R 58 92
NIFEDIAC CC 71 71 58 131
PAROXETINE HCL 62 51 61 50
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 57 62 44
CARVEDILOL 60 52 63 36
DIOVAN 59 52 64 34
ZOSTAVAX 59 55 64 160
HYDRALAZINE HCL 59 51 64 65
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 45 R 67 72
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 52 68 81
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 53 69 112
CITALOPRAM HBR 54 31 69 19
IBUPROFEN 53 51 71 75
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.