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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,235Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 34

$771K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 34

503 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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

26% of this provider’s 503 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 503 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,587 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $55 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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 620 511 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 551 413 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 495 282 S3 3 10
SIMVASTATIN 491 341 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 484 390 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 478 314 6 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 431 346 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 410 331 8 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 362 257 9 16
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 330 164 S2 10 26
METFORMIN HCL 324 238 11 9
GABAPENTIN 305 164 12 11
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 289 124 S2 13 42
CITALOPRAM HBR 240 201 14 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 219 164 15 17
ATENOLOL 209 167 16 21
OXYCODONE HCL 199 85 S2 17 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 195 144 18 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 181 158 19 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 129 20 12
LANTUS 171 118 21 31
RANITIDINE HCL 170 101 22 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 160 138 23 13
TRAMADOL HCL 159 103 24 23
NAMENDA 154 154 25 25
CARVEDILOL 152 114 26 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 144 144 27 15
GLIPIZIDE 121 84 28 29
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 119 77 29 64
PROAIR HFA 117 63 30 61
PROMETHAZINE HCL 113 63 R 31 88
TAMSULOSIN HCL 111 97 32 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 107 85 33 37
TRAZODONE HCL 102 92 34 30
AZITHROMYCIN 102 73 34 69
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 99 70 36 62
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 98 95 37 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 98 68 37 27
DIGOXIN 97 76 39 51
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 96 93 40 112
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 63 41 34
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 94 75 42 67
MIRTAZAPINE 91 84 43 24
CLOPIDOGREL 89 61 44 41
GEMFIBROZIL 89 61 44 102
RAMIPRIL 85 61 46 72
BACLOFEN 84 43 47 119
IBUPROFEN 83 46 48 144
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 81 74 49 18
NOVOLOG 81 66 49 55
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 79 36 R 51 92
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 78 60 52 19
KLOR-CON 10 78 67 52 75
GLYBURIDE 78 70 R 52 99
MORPHINE SULFATE 78 0 S2 52 122
CLONIDINE HCL 77 44 56 50
SPIRONOLACTONE 75 49 57 57
PREDNISONE 75 50 57 39
CELEBREX 75 67 57 73
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 74 22 60 151
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 38 61 65
CYMBALTA 72 72 62 44
RISPERIDONE 71 61 63 38
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 38 64 124
COMBIVENT 68 48 65 160
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 67 38 66 161
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 55 67 58
METHOCARBAMOL 63 55 R 68 165
ALLOPURINOL 61 53 69 36
MELOXICAM 61 55 69 90
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 60 38 71 172
LACTULOSE 55 49 72 70
VERAPAMIL ER 54 42 73 185
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 54 34 73 185
METHADONE HCL 53 16 S2 75 100
PLAVIX 53 36 75 53
PAROXETINE HCL 53 41 75 82
KLOR-CON M20 53 51 75 46
SYMBICORT 52 35 79 192
NEXIUM 52 26 79 192
CEPHALEXIN 50 27 81 86
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 Nov. 29, 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.