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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,238Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 107 out of 910

$546K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 141 out of 910

230 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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

22% of this provider’s 230 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 230 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 8,038 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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 491 393 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 455 387 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 299 250 3 9
SIMVASTATIN 299 232 3 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 265 205 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 262 221 S3 6 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 243 150 7 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 211 179 8 32
GABAPENTIN 207 168 9 13
OMEPRAZOLE 205 167 10 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 205 134 10 73
LACTULOSE 192 152 12 109
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 189 138 13 70
LANTUS 189 151 13 30
MIRTAZAPINE 176 156 15 68
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 167 137 16 4
RISPERIDONE 164 113 17 67
CITALOPRAM HBR 162 132 18 19
CYMBALTA 154 129 19 58
GLIPIZIDE 140 119 20 38
SERTRALINE HCL 133 95 21 24
TRAZODONE HCL 129 99 22 37
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 125 84 23 14
OLANZAPINE 115 102 24 145
NOVOLOG 108 90 25 78
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 107 95 26 91
METFORMIN HCL 104 79 27 6
KLOR-CON M20 101 87 28 95
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 95 59 29 123
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95 70 29 29
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 94 94 31 81
VALPROIC ACID 93 74 32 190
LEVETIRACETAM 93 59 32 98
CLONIDINE HCL 92 82 34 51
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 86 47 S2 35 52
NAMENDA 83 58 36 57
CARVEDILOL 76 57 37 36
ATENOLOL 76 76 37 10
BACLOFEN 75 37 39 100
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 73 59 40 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 63 41 12
KLOR-CON 10 62 36 42 88
CLOPIDOGREL 62 51 42 35
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 38 S2 44 31
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 58 57 45 111
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 45 46 49
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 34 R 47 129
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 54 45 48 22
TRAMADOL HCL 54 51 48 25
SEROQUEL 53 40 50 135
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 53 45 50 18
HYDROXYZINE HCL 52 31 R 52 155
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 51 45 53 102
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 51 38 53 118
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 47 55 65
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 July 8, 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.