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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,032Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 910

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 910

697 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

11% of this provider’s 697 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 697 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 11,969 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 1,053 603 1 1
LISINOPRIL 697 571 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 680 352 3 5
FORTICAL 632 207 10 4 174
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 528 412 5 4
METFORMIN HCL 522 311 6 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 487 360 7 7
SIMVASTATIN 454 244 8 3
LOVASTATIN 391 313 9 20
RANITIDINE HCL 350 164 10 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 343 184 S3 11 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 331 199 12 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 329 238 13 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 324 176 14 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 306 258 15 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 290 56 16 123
ZONISAMIDE 278 84 17 224
FUROSEMIDE 256 143 18 9
LAMOTRIGINE 245 52 19 221
CITALOPRAM HBR 231 153 20 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 228 132 21 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 223 193 22 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 215 127 23 18
GEMFIBROZIL 194 95 24 63
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 188 91 25 73
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 187 86 26 27
GABAPENTIN 182 127 27 13
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 178 117 28 48
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 176 53 29 104
TOPIRAMATE 171 0 30 228
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 170 72 31 23
GLIPIZIDE 170 105 31 38
DIOVAN 162 118 33 34
LEVETIRACETAM 158 13 34 98
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 156 92 S2 35 31
CLONIDINE HCL 154 88 36 51
PREDNISONE 150 104 37 43
AMOXICILLIN 142 64 38 150
CLOPIDOGREL 129 100 39 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 124 81 40 29
ATENOLOL 123 103 41 10
LEVOFLOXACIN 120 66 42 110
IBUPROFEN 119 68 43 75
OLANZAPINE 118 0 44 145
AZITHROMYCIN 108 74 45 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 107 88 46 81
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 105 47 47 83
RISPERIDONE 105 44 47 67
PLAVIX 100 89 49 53
INSULIN SYRINGE 95 59 50 47
ACTONEL 92 41 51 102
ABILIFY 86 49 52 173
FENOFIBRATE 85 47 53 55
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 85 68 53 39
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 57 55 44
GLIPIZIDE ER 84 47 55 87
SPIRIVA 84 78 55 74
DIGOXIN 82 56 58 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 82 75 58 15
BENICAR HCT 82 57 58 167
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 81 50 61 91
VERAPAMIL ER 80 65 62 99
VIMPAT 79 0 63 323
ALLOPURINOL 78 53 64 33
CELEBREX 78 51 64 85
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 78 69 64 17
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 77 28 R 67 80
SERTRALINE HCL 76 46 68 24
LANTUS 75 70 69 30
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 73 24 70 70
CARVEDILOL 73 72 70 36
NOVOLIN N 73 33 70 216
CRESTOR 71 56 73 26
PROAIR HFA 70 38 74 40
TRICOR 70 37 74 153
NASONEX 69 26 76 233
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 51 77 45
DONEPEZIL HCL 68 32 77 32
HYDRALAZINE HCL 67 49 79 65
CARBAMAZEPINE 66 45 80 214
KETOCONAZOLE 66 18 80 251
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 66 55 80 117
TRAMADOL HCL 65 43 83 25
FINASTERIDE 65 25 83 59
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 65 14 83 118
PAROXETINE HCL 65 19 83 50
BENICAR 63 26 87 94
VALPROIC ACID 63 28 87 190
PREMARIN 60 37 R 89 127
ESTRADIOL 60 40 R 89 92
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 48 91 107
CYMBALTA 56 31 92 58
PHENYTOIN 56 0 92 299
TERAZOSIN HCL 56 48 92 61
COMBIVENT 55 50 95 195
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 52 48 S2 96 114
DIOVAN HCT 52 45 96 133
OXCARBAZEPINE 51 15 98 384
CEPHALEXIN 50 23 99 90
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 26 99 163
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 Aug. 9, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.