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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,722Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 265 out of 910

$421K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 249 out of 910

581 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
7% 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 581 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 581 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 5,814 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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
LISINOPRIL 454 416 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 356 337 2 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 248 244 3 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 221 199 4 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 202 178 5 4
METFORMIN HCL 190 172 6 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 173 164 7 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 153 139 S3 8 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 121 9 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 139 127 10 14
ATENOLOL 117 110 11 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 117 106 11 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 112 112 13 15
OMEPRAZOLE 109 89 14 5
SERTRALINE HCL 106 96 15 24
LOVASTATIN 97 95 16 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 97 93 16 7
PREDNISONE 96 90 18 43
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 93 12 S2 19 52
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 86 66 20 18
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 83 56 S2 21 31
FUROSEMIDE 83 58 21 9
OXYCODONE HCL 77 26 S2 23 42
LORAZEPAM 76 70 24 151
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 71 66 25 23
GABAPENTIN 71 64 25 13
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 51 R 27 72
ALLOPURINOL 60 58 28 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 57 57 29 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 56 56 30 21
TRAMADOL HCL 54 51 31 25
NEXIUM 50 39 32 93
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 Sept. 20, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.