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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,681Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 910

$588K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 118 out of 910

726 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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

7% of this provider’s 726 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 726 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,747 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
LISINOPRIL 993 876 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 896 765 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 860 700 3 1
METFORMIN HCL 814 663 4 6
LOVASTATIN 590 540 5 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 400 313 6 4
ATENOLOL 381 352 7 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 330 262 8 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 322 298 9 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 320 253 S3 10 8
OMEPRAZOLE 320 218 10 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 284 255 12 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 268 258 13 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 233 218 14 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 227 182 15 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 214 202 16 19
GLIMEPIRIDE 201 175 17 56
GABAPENTIN 200 150 18 13
TRAMADOL HCL 192 151 19 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 188 130 20 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 188 171 20 17
GLYBURIDE 187 178 R 22 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 179 144 23 27
RANITIDINE HCL 155 126 24 28
LANTUS 152 110 25 30
DIOVAN 140 90 26 34
FUROSEMIDE 121 108 27 9
INSULIN SYRINGE 114 85 28 47
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 113 91 29 39
SERTRALINE HCL 111 78 30 24
FLUOXETINE HCL 108 82 31 49
CLONIDINE HCL 103 93 32 51
OXYCODONE HCL 100 74 S2 33 42
AZITHROMYCIN 95 74 34 41
JANUVIA 93 57 35 69
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 68 36 79
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 89 73 37 18
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 85 70 S2 38 31
CLOPIDOGREL 83 74 39 35
PROAIR HFA 80 38 40 40
PLAVIX 79 65 41 53
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 79 30 R 41 80
IBUPROFEN 77 34 43 75
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 77 59 43 83
DONEPEZIL HCL 76 76 45 32
GLIPIZIDE 75 72 46 38
SPIRONOLACTONE 73 56 47 66
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 73 61 47 62
ALLOPURINOL 73 49 47 33
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 70 58 50 152
CARVEDILOL 69 48 51 36
HUMULIN N 65 56 52 339
NEXIUM 63 50 53 93
KLOR-CON 10 58 57 54 88
GEMFIBROZIL 55 53 55 63
QUINAPRIL HCL 55 55 55 148
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 37 57 89
BENICAR 53 35 57 94
DIOVAN HCT 53 53 57 133
GLIPIZIDE ER 52 41 60 87
CYMBALTA 51 35 61 58
FELODIPINE ER 51 51 61 159
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 35 61 23
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 Aug. 11, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.