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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,902Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 309 out of 1278

$406K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 201 out of 1278

473 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
3% 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

4% of this provider’s 473 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 473 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,597 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 336 314 1 16
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 256 234 2 2
LISINOPRIL 252 248 3 1
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 227 227 4 34
SIMVASTATIN 225 212 5 3
CRESTOR 215 209 6 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 154 154 7 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 138 135 8 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 115 111 9 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 109 107 10 9
METFORMIN HCL 107 102 11 4
AZITHROMYCIN 104 98 12 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103 98 13 32
FUROSEMIDE 100 98 14 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97 90 15 23
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 88 78 16 134
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 79 65 S3 17 7
BENICAR 73 73 18 107
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 65 19 53
SYNTHROID 64 64 20 63
DONEPEZIL HCL 63 63 21 48
ATENOLOL 62 62 22 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 60 23 8
TRILIPIX 58 54 24 153
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 52 52 25 21
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 52 49 25 93
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 52 25 18
LOVASTATIN 50 50 28 13
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. 30, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.