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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,737Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 910

$1.45M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 910

1,169 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

9% of this provider’s 1,169 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 1,169 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 19,270 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 1,200 1,049 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,168 968 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 745 618 3 5
METFORMIN HCL 717 575 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 685 608 5 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 615 560 6 7
FUROSEMIDE 566 459 7 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 565 437 8 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 498 470 9 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 432 342 10 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 384 261 S3 11 8
ATENOLOL 354 312 12 10
GABAPENTIN 348 251 13 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 317 262 14 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 290 239 15 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 289 278 16 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 285 254 17 11
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 270 255 18 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 268 219 19 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 264 207 20 23
CLOPIDOGREL 261 218 21 35
RANITIDINE HCL 245 187 22 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 229 165 23 19
PROAIR HFA 206 130 24 40
LOVASTATIN 205 175 25 20
CRESTOR 203 172 26 26
PLAVIX 200 186 27 53
HYDRALAZINE HCL 194 159 28 65
CYMBALTA 193 123 29 58
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 173 30 44
PREDNISONE 184 154 31 43
ALLOPURINOL 174 161 32 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 119 33 12
MELOXICAM 168 140 34 76
CARVEDILOL 167 144 35 36
TRAMADOL HCL 166 119 36 25
ADVAIR DISKUS 165 123 37 45
DIOVAN 160 122 38 34
GLIPIZIDE ER 155 111 39 87
DONEPEZIL HCL 155 152 39 32
OXYCODONE HCL 153 103 S2 41 42
FENOFIBRATE 147 107 42 55
BENICAR 146 120 43 94
GLIPIZIDE 146 136 43 38
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 135 94 45 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 130 108 46 27
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 129 63 S2 47 114
VYTORIN 126 116 48 82
CLONIDINE HCL 123 107 49 51
INSULIN SYRINGE 122 83 50 47
FINASTERIDE 117 113 51 59
TRAZODONE HCL 115 90 52 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 112 98 53 81
SERTRALINE HCL 107 75 54 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 99 55 79
DIGOXIN 103 91 56 64
LANTUS 103 65 56 30
BENICAR HCT 102 95 58 167
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 96 79 59 117
SUCRALFATE 94 88 60 317
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 90 57 R 61 80
SPIRIVA 89 78 62 74
NAPROXEN 89 63 62 96
JANUVIA 88 70 64 69
AMIODARONE HCL 88 88 64 162
IBUPROFEN 88 34 64 75
AZOR 87 85 67 269
LEVOFLOXACIN 86 67 68 110
ZETIA 84 75 69 84
GLYBURIDE 81 80 R 70 46
CALCITONIN-SALMON 81 78 70 200
TERAZOSIN HCL 79 79 72 61
FLUOXETINE HCL 79 51 72 49
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 79 37 S2 72 31
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 77 69 75 288
QVAR 76 53 76 246
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 66 77 48
NAMENDA 73 72 78 57
HUMALOG 72 50 79 128
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 43 79 104
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 69 55 R 81 72
CELEBREX 69 63 81 85
AZITHROMYCIN 69 53 81 41
ROPINIROLE HCL 69 51 81 119
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 66 64 85 91
AZELASTINE HCL 65 56 86 295
KLOR-CON M20 64 35 87 95
SYNTHROID 64 64 87 54
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 63 57 89 112
PAROXETINE HCL 62 53 90 50
ACTONEL 62 49 90 102
ESTRADIOL 61 32 R 92 92
PRADAXA 60 60 93 253
NASONEX 60 45 93 233
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 59 19 S2 95 52
DIOVAN HCT 58 57 96 133
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 58 44 96 39
LYRICA 57 32 98 131
XARELTO 55 50 99 368
FENTANYL 54 24 S2 100 142
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 37 101 66
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 49 102 83
CARISOPRODOL 50 0 R 102 71
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. 4, 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.