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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,559Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 76 out of 910

$711K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 71 out of 910

797 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
12% 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

9% of this provider’s 797 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 797 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,764 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

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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 824 778 1 1
LISINOPRIL 489 465 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 440 420 3 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 331 318 4 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 317 296 5 4
LOVASTATIN 295 295 6 20
OMEPRAZOLE 259 244 7 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 256 249 8 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 251 237 9 21
FUROSEMIDE 209 200 10 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 198 196 11 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 187 185 12 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 187 174 12 19
METFORMIN HCL 180 168 14 6
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 172 172 15 22
GABAPENTIN 163 156 16 13
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 145 132 17 39
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 139 139 18 83
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 137 112 S3 19 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 137 136 19 16
ATENOLOL 134 130 21 10
TRAMADOL HCL 126 99 22 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 114 109 23 18
HYDRALAZINE HCL 105 105 24 65
CLOPIDOGREL 101 95 25 35
PROPRANOLOL HCL 99 95 26 120
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 98 98 27 12
LEVOFLOXACIN 97 90 28 110
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 96 89 29 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 91 86 30 14
PROAIR HFA 90 75 31 40
DIGOXIN 87 87 32 64
ZETIA 87 81 32 84
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 77 S2 34 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 80 80 35 32
GLIPIZIDE ER 78 78 36 87
SERTRALINE HCL 77 65 37 24
DIOVAN 75 63 38 34
TERAZOSIN HCL 74 69 39 61
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 70 66 40 48
PLAVIX 68 67 41 53
ALLOPURINOL 66 64 42 33
KLOR-CON 10 64 64 43 88
CLONIDINE HCL 64 55 43 51
LANTUS 63 59 45 30
CARVEDILOL 61 61 46 36
SYNTHROID 61 59 46 54
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 58 41 48 191
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 58 58 48 244
TOPIRAMATE 57 40 50 228
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 53 50 23
PAROXETINE HCL 55 44 52 50
DILTIAZEM ER 54 54 53 105
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 51 53 45
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. 4, 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.