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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,080Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 27 out of 910

$701K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 75 out of 910

462 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

16% of this provider’s 462 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 462 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 14,326 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 781 758 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 588 578 2 9
OMEPRAZOLE 570 532 3 5
LISINOPRIL 541 523 4 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 529 502 5 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 464 454 6 19
GABAPENTIN 427 407 7 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 402 390 8 7
SIMVASTATIN 400 376 9 3
SERTRALINE HCL 332 311 10 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 298 278 11 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 262 244 12 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 256 236 13 4
ATENOLOL 235 226 14 10
DONEPEZIL HCL 230 228 15 32
LANTUS 227 218 16 30
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 178 168 17 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 165 152 18 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 157 153 19 21
NOVOLOG 147 145 20 78
NAMENDA 140 138 21 57
TRAZODONE HCL 137 133 22 37
HYDRALAZINE HCL 132 130 23 65
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 128 127 24 91
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 122 96 S3 25 8
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 120 118 26 22
METFORMIN HCL 120 114 26 6
DIOVAN 119 119 28 34
CLOPIDOGREL 117 111 29 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 115 115 30 16
RANITIDINE HCL 114 103 31 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 111 111 32 15
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 108 102 S2 33 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 104 34 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 104 94 35 45
PREDNISONE 103 103 36 43
FAMOTIDINE 91 89 37 101
DIGOXIN 87 87 38 64
LACTULOSE 83 76 39 109
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 80 80 40 70
RISPERIDONE 80 79 40 67
LOVASTATIN 77 77 42 20
PLAVIX 76 74 43 53
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 74 44 81
CARVEDILOL 73 72 45 36
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 72 72 46 118
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 65 47 115
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 67 57 S2 48 52
PAROXETINE HCL 65 55 49 50
KLOR-CON M20 65 65 49 95
PRIMIDONE 65 64 49 305
MEGESTROL ACETATE 62 57 R 52 222
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 45 53 66
OXYCODONE HCL 60 52 S2 53 42
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 59 59 55 73
ALLOPURINOL 59 59 55 33
KLOR-CON 10 58 57 57 88
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 56 58 48
ACTOS 57 50 58 86
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 56 50 60 117
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 51 S2 61 114
GEMFIBROZIL 54 54 61 63
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 45 63 119
PERMETHRIN 53 53 63 376
TRAMADOL HCL 52 52 65 25
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 June 24, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.