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Prescriber Checkup

WILLIAM LAWLESS MD

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,557Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 1278

$720K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 45 out of 1278

1,228 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
16% 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

8% of this provider’s 1,228 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 1,228 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,340 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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 939 893 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 875 842 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 565 543 3 6
LISINOPRIL 551 522 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 441 435 5 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 362 347 6 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 362 322 6 17
ATENOLOL 357 330 8 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 343 307 S3 9 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 340 318 10 8
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 328 304 11 58
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 307 277 12 16
FUROSEMIDE 306 285 13 10
SERTRALINE HCL 266 230 14 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 259 255 15 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 245 221 16 24
TERAZOSIN HCL 245 242 16 59
METFORMIN HCL 235 223 18 4
TAMSULOSIN HCL 227 224 19 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 215 196 20 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 202 191 21 9
GLIPIZIDE 199 199 22 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 191 175 23 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 176 159 24 14
GABAPENTIN 167 138 25 12
LOVASTATIN 162 157 26 13
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 150 148 S2 27 29
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 144 142 28 43
CLONIDINE HCL 143 121 29 60
GLIPIZIDE XL 143 131 29 101
ALLOPURINOL 142 142 31 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 140 127 32 34
LANTUS 139 131 33 33
TRAMADOL HCL 135 123 34 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 129 122 35 15
RANITIDINE HCL 126 103 36 20
CLOPIDOGREL 125 119 37 45
ZOSTAVAX 122 116 38 130
FLUOXETINE HCL 120 112 39 41
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 119 116 40 105
INSULIN SYRINGE 108 94 41 50
GEMFIBROZIL 104 87 42 54
ENDOCET 103 103 S2 43 122
METFORMIN HCL ER 101 83 44 66
DILTIAZEM ER 96 85 45 103
PLAVIX 95 91 46 64
KLOR-CON 10 91 77 47 91
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 87 48 75
DIGOXIN 85 85 49 79
CARVEDILOL 81 80 50 39
OXYCODONE HCL 78 59 S2 51 27
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 76 52 96
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 63 53 53
CARISOPRODOL 65 28 R 54 51
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 62 19 S2 55 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 62 59 55 22
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 40 R 55 55
FINASTERIDE 62 62 55 82
VERAPAMIL ER 58 58 59 84
TRAZODONE HCL 57 57 60 38
PROAIR HFA 56 52 61 26
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 53 62 78
PAROXETINE HCL 55 55 62 56
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 45 64 138
MORPHINE SULFATE 52 20 S2 65 115
LIPITOR 50 47 66 95
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.