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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,519Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 56 out of 1278

$748K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 39 out of 1278

687 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
30% 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

12% of this provider’s 687 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 687 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 9,274 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 439 391 1 2
LISINOPRIL 374 323 2 1
METFORMIN HCL 329 268 3 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 316 180 S3 4 7
LOVASTATIN 310 301 5 13
FUROSEMIDE 279 244 6 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 242 217 7 9
SIMVASTATIN 224 213 8 3
OXYCODONE HCL 218 81 S2 9 27
OMEPRAZOLE 189 165 10 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 174 166 11 5
GABAPENTIN 174 110 11 12
ATENOLOL 172 155 13 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 167 123 14 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 162 153 15 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 151 140 16 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 143 134 17 19
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 137 95 18 24
PREDNISONE 134 112 19 52
FINASTERIDE 129 121 20 82
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 126 117 21 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 123 89 22 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 96 23 15
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 111 74 S2 23 29
ETODOLAC 109 94 25 158
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 106 90 26 34
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 98 27 8
SPIRIVA 99 67 28 65
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 97 29 18
AZITHROMYCIN 96 82 30 37
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 89 83 31 69
CITALOPRAM HBR 87 78 32 22
MELOXICAM 86 74 33 57
CHLORTHALIDONE 85 74 34 171
TRAZODONE HCL 85 51 34 38
NIFEDIPINE ER 81 51 36 148
GLIMEPIRIDE 81 53 36 61
RANITIDINE HCL 79 54 38 20
PROAIR HFA 77 58 39 26
OXYCONTIN 77 38 S2 39 89
TRAMADOL HCL 76 68 41 25
DIGOXIN 75 75 42 79
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 75 72 42 179
TAMSULOSIN HCL 75 73 42 32
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 71 29 R 45 62
PAROXETINE HCL 70 30 46 56
NIFEDICAL XL 68 68 47 267
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 67 45 48 14
FLUOCINONIDE 65 45 49 238
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 61 50 49
ALLOPURINOL 63 61 51 36
CARVEDILOL 61 52 52 39
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 61 49 52 93
METHADONE HCL 61 21 S2 52 112
CYMBALTA 57 0 55 67
CLONIDINE HCL 57 45 55 60
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 55 47 R 57 55
KLOR-CON 10 55 39 57 91
CLOPIDOGREL 53 53 59 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 52 50 60 53
SYMBICORT 52 40 60 164
PREMARIN 52 36 R 60 119
GEMFIBROZIL 52 47 60 54
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 41 64 75
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.