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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,606Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 910

$866K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 34 out of 910

1,265 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
17% 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

4% of this provider’s 1,265 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 1,265 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 15,280 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

13 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 936 885 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 898 850 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 657 610 3 5
LISINOPRIL 526 485 4 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 417 359 S3 5 8
METFORMIN HCL 387 352 6 6
ATENOLOL 383 350 7 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 342 306 8 23
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 339 308 9 21
FUROSEMIDE 332 304 10 9
GABAPENTIN 326 292 11 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 319 300 12 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 299 298 13 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 249 245 14 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 230 225 15 7
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 224 219 16 22
PAROXETINE HCL 218 195 17 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 210 197 18 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 199 176 19 27
FENOFIBRATE 197 191 20 55
AZITHROMYCIN 196 179 21 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 195 173 22 12
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 187 177 23 60
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 186 170 24 122
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 185 166 25 18
LOVASTATIN 182 169 26 20
TERAZOSIN HCL 182 182 26 61
GLIPIZIDE 179 163 28 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 170 154 29 29
TRAMADOL HCL 145 127 30 25
ALLOPURINOL 143 142 31 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 142 122 32 16
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 126 123 S2 33 31
CARVEDILOL 125 115 34 36
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 123 120 35 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 120 115 36 14
PROAIR HFA 117 81 37 40
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 109 38 44
CLOPIDOGREL 113 105 39 35
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 109 89 R 40 80
LYRICA 109 89 40 131
GEMFIBROZIL 107 91 42 63
LANTUS 104 84 43 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 104 98 43 49
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 83 45 45
FAMOTIDINE 97 96 46 101
MELOXICAM 96 78 47 76
LIPITOR 93 90 48 97
RANITIDINE HCL 92 79 49 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 84 78 50 166
SERTRALINE HCL 83 63 51 24
PLAVIX 82 75 52 53
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 82 79 52 81
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 79 65 R 54 72
INSULIN SYRINGE 78 67 55 47
BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE 72 65 56 327
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 72 71 S3 56 121
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 67 58 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 67 59 79
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 68 67 59 104
CITALOPRAM HBR 67 63 61 19
DIGOXIN 67 65 61 64
CELEBREX 65 61 63 85
HYDRALAZINE HCL 64 64 64 65
DONEPEZIL HCL 64 64 64 32
CLONIDINE HCL 59 59 66 51
ARMOUR THYROID 57 51 R 67 360
FINASTERIDE 57 57 67 59
SPIRIVA 56 54 69 74
ZOSTAVAX 52 45 70 160
KLOR-CON 10 51 51 71 88
ESTRADIOL 50 45 R 72 92
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 44 72 83
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 Oct. 24, 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.