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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,763Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 910

$855K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 35 out of 910

823 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 823 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 823 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 13,529 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$54 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 741 614 S3 1 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 563 488 2 1
LISINOPRIL 552 486 3 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 537 478 4 7
SIMVASTATIN 535 455 5 3
LOVASTATIN 478 455 6 20
OMEPRAZOLE 475 410 7 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 458 421 8 4
METFORMIN HCL 445 412 9 6
FUROSEMIDE 421 368 10 9
GABAPENTIN 311 284 11 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 310 256 12 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 256 234 13 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 247 241 14 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 232 185 15 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 180 173 16 22
SPIRIVA 173 127 17 74
CLOPIDOGREL 168 148 18 35
ATENOLOL 167 153 19 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 166 128 20 27
TRAMADOL HCL 161 135 21 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 161 112 21 17
DIGOXIN 161 146 21 64
CARVEDILOL 157 144 24 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 153 126 25 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 152 134 26 56
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 152 98 S2 26 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 150 132 28 66
PROAIR HFA 149 99 29 40
PLAVIX 143 132 30 53
ADVAIR DISKUS 142 116 31 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 106 32 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 116 33 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 122 103 34 15
LANTUS 121 99 35 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 78 36 29
RANITIDINE HCL 114 95 37 28
ALLOPURINOL 112 92 38 33
PREDNISONE 112 94 38 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 112 112 38 32
AMIODARONE HCL 106 106 41 162
PREMARIN 98 83 R 42 127
SERTRALINE HCL 91 83 43 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 90 78 44 81
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 88 87 45 83
AZITHROMYCIN 78 69 46 41
GLYBURIDE 72 67 R 47 46
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 71 56 S2 48 52
KLOR-CON M20 70 70 49 95
COMBIVENT 70 48 49 195
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 69 39 R 51 72
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 45 52 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 48 53 49
TRICOR 66 45 54 153
TRAZODONE HCL 66 34 54 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 63 56 48
FINASTERIDE 64 56 57 59
PAROXETINE HCL 62 57 58 50
NEXIUM 60 60 59 93
BENAZEPRIL HCL 60 60 59 89
LEVOFLOXACIN 58 48 61 110
VESICARE 55 54 62 210
HYDRALAZINE HCL 55 55 62 65
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 51 62 113
JANUVIA 52 49 65 69
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 51 35 66 115
RISPERIDONE 51 44 66 67
GEMFIBROZIL 51 40 66 63
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 43 69 112
PROPRANOLOL HCL 50 49 69 120
KLOR-CON M10 50 50 69 169
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 Aug. 20, 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.