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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,812Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 910

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 910

1,106 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
11% 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

6% of this provider’s 1,106 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 1,106 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 16,580 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$57 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

16 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 1,054 1,003 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 833 773 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 728 691 3 4
LISINOPRIL 671 636 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 475 446 5 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 404 385 6 16
ATENOLOL 386 360 7 10
LOVASTATIN 386 367 7 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 357 340 9 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 346 327 10 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 312 265 11 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 300 299 12 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 285 273 13 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 258 233 S3 14 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 253 239 15 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 246 230 16 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 243 224 17 21
CRESTOR 221 210 18 26
GABAPENTIN 216 183 19 13
FUROSEMIDE 214 208 20 9
TRAMADOL HCL 204 189 21 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 193 181 22 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 181 177 23 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 169 161 24 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 164 162 25 11
PAROXETINE HCL 159 156 26 50
CYMBALTA 157 139 27 58
TRAZODONE HCL 139 125 28 37
FENOFIBRATE 134 130 29 55
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 129 114 S2 30 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 114 31 79
ALLOPURINOL 124 122 32 33
FLUOXETINE HCL 121 92 33 49
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 120 119 34 39
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 115 97 R 35 72
RANITIDINE HCL 110 97 36 28
METFORMIN HCL 108 97 37 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 107 96 38 56
DIOVAN 106 98 39 34
ESTRADIOL 103 90 R 40 92
DONEPEZIL HCL 101 101 41 32
LEVOXYL 100 100 42 106
ADVAIR DISKUS 96 95 43 45
AZITHROMYCIN 94 86 44 41
SERTRALINE HCL 93 84 45 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 88 46 48
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 92 92 46 166
ROPINIROLE HCL 90 90 48 119
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 90 90 48 83
ZETIA 85 85 50 84
HYDRALAZINE HCL 83 83 51 65
BUSPIRONE HCL 83 57 51 226
BUPROPION XL 81 70 53 189
LIOTHYRONINE SODIUM 76 69 54 170
MELOXICAM 76 71 54 76
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 74 61 56 115
FELODIPINE ER 74 74 56 159
CLOPIDOGREL 73 57 58 35
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 72 65 59 152
KLOR-CON 10 72 70 59 88
PROAIR HFA 70 70 61 40
OXYCODONE HCL 69 34 S2 62 42
CLONIDINE HCL 68 68 63 51
LANTUS 65 60 64 30
FINASTERIDE 65 58 64 59
EVISTA 64 64 66 139
MIRTAZAPINE 63 59 67 68
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 62 60 68 122
PREMARIN 61 61 R 69 127
BENAZEPRIL HCL 60 60 70 89
CHOLESTYRAMINE 60 57 70 266
CHLORTHALIDONE 59 57 72 175
PLAVIX 55 49 73 53
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 55 46 S3 73 121
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 55 49 73 183
PREDNISONE 55 38 73 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 54 54 77 29
CAPTOPRIL 53 53 78 187
METFORMIN HCL ER 53 53 78 77
CELEBREX 53 43 78 85
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 52 52 81 111
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 46 81 66
CARVEDILOL 51 51 83 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 51 51 83 81
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 51 48 83 134
VERAPAMIL ER 50 50 86 99
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 Feb. 8, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.