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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,635Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 1278

$813K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 1278

621 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%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

24% of this provider’s 621 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 621 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,680 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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 662 428 1 2
OXYCODONE HCL 590 111 S2 2 27
LISINOPRIL 480 330 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 429 261 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 421 193 S3 5 7
OMEPRAZOLE 328 165 6 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 301 190 7 5
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 274 49 S2 8 42
METFORMIN HCL 265 174 9 4
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 247 83 S2 10 29
RANITIDINE HCL 227 43 11 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 225 103 12 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 211 135 13 22
FUROSEMIDE 188 102 14 10
ATENOLOL 182 120 15 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 182 141 15 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 142 17 8
TRAMADOL HCL 154 101 18 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 149 80 19 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 147 65 20 21
PROAIR HFA 146 30 21 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 135 68 22 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 130 34 R 23 62
GABAPENTIN 130 58 23 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 124 82 25 9
OXYCONTIN 123 0 S2 26 89
IBUPROFEN 117 45 27 46
CYMBALTA 116 55 28 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 113 70 29 49
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 112 52 30 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 109 86 31 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 100 58 32 23
CARISOPRODOL 99 12 R 33 51
PROMETHAZINE HCL 95 0 R 34 111
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 91 43 35 24
ESTRADIOL 88 18 R 36 71
SPIRIVA 88 36 36 65
CLOPIDOGREL 86 53 38 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 49 39 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 79 48 40 15
LOVASTATIN 79 70 40 13
GLIMEPIRIDE 78 59 42 61
TRAZODONE HCL 77 44 43 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 73 44 44 32
TIZANIDINE HCL 72 0 45 189
LYRICA 71 38 46 104
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 68 47 75
AZITHROMYCIN 69 42 48 37
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 69 23 48 214
VERAPAMIL ER 67 38 50 84
BUPROPION XL 67 27 50 184
SERTRALINE HCL 67 43 50 28
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 67 40 50 74
MELOXICAM 65 30 54 57
ACTONEL 64 59 55 100
GLYBURIDE 64 47 R 55 40
BACLOFEN 63 22 57 113
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 62 15 S2 58 167
LANTUS 62 22 58 33
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 12 S2 60 76
GEMFIBROZIL 60 37 60 54
PLAVIX 58 29 62 64
PAROXETINE HCL 57 29 63 56
CRESTOR 57 26 63 31
TRICOR 56 21 65 143
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 22 R 66 55
WARFARIN SODIUM 54 25 67 17
KLOR-CON M20 54 27 67 117
SULINDAC 51 15 69 211
MORPHINE SULFATE 50 11 S2 70 115
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 21, 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.