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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,952Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 910

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 910

816 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

8% of this provider’s 816 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 816 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 15,754 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 657 638 1 1
LISINOPRIL 646 556 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 588 507 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 582 515 4 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 572 484 5 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 527 495 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 488 417 7 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 347 332 8 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 329 313 9 18
GABAPENTIN 328 258 10 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 302 302 11 32
NAMENDA 291 291 12 57
LANTUS 280 233 13 30
ATENOLOL 269 263 14 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 261 242 15 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 239 222 16 21
LOVASTATIN 232 223 17 20
RISPERIDONE 228 192 18 67
METFORMIN HCL 228 184 18 6
SERTRALINE HCL 220 192 20 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 211 192 21 14
OMEPRAZOLE 191 168 22 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 185 169 23 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 181 157 24 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 180 144 S3 25 8
CLONIDINE HCL 165 159 26 51
MIRTAZAPINE 161 149 27 68
NOVOLOG 155 121 28 78
BACLOFEN 146 55 29 100
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 144 126 30 73
TRAZODONE HCL 143 105 31 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 137 136 32 29
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 134 123 33 22
CLOPIDOGREL 132 123 34 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 129 112 35 23
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 127 119 36 70
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 127 107 36 39
DIOVAN 120 106 38 34
ALLOPURINOL 119 115 39 33
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 118 99 40 102
RANITIDINE HCL 112 108 41 28
ADVAIR DISKUS 111 111 42 45
LEVETIRACETAM 110 65 43 98
SPIRONOLACTONE 105 95 44 66
CYMBALTA 103 66 45 58
TRAMADOL HCL 102 94 46 25
PLAVIX 101 98 47 53
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 99 74 48 118
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 88 49 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 88 82 50 15
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 88 86 50 91
DIGOXIN 85 82 52 64
OXYCODONE HCL 84 70 S2 53 42
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 63 54 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 82 82 55 81
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 82 70 55 117
KLOR-CON M20 82 58 55 95
GLYBURIDE 81 80 R 58 46
PREDNISONE 81 77 58 43
ROPINIROLE HCL 74 71 60 119
HYDRALAZINE HCL 74 66 60 65
CARVEDILOL 74 66 60 36
VALPROIC ACID 70 67 63 190
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 70 64 63 115
LACTULOSE 68 45 65 109
GLIPIZIDE 67 57 66 38
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 65 24 67 199
NYSTATIN 63 54 68 184
RAMIPRIL 62 61 69 154
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 58 58 70 123
SPIRIVA 57 55 71 74
DIOVAN HCT 55 51 72 133
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 52 45 73 125
ABILIFY 52 52 73 173
SEROQUEL 51 48 75 135
METFORMIN HCL ER 51 38 75 77
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 Jan. 18, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.