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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,609Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 342 out of 1278

$458K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 151 out of 1278

631 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
6% 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

18% of this provider’s 631 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 631 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 5,240 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

$82 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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 292 283 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 278 264 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 225 218 3 5
LISINOPRIL 151 149 4 1
CRESTOR 147 145 5 31
OMEPRAZOLE 126 126 6 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 113 99 S3 7 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 98 95 8 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 96 96 9 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 81 81 10 22
FUROSEMIDE 79 78 11 10
CARVEDILOL 74 72 12 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 71 71 13 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 70 63 14 9
METFORMIN HCL 69 67 15 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 68 66 16 19
ALLOPURINOL 67 67 17 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 67 17 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 66 19 32
SYNTHROID 65 65 20 63
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 64 59 S2 21 29
DONEPEZIL HCL 63 63 22 48
FENOFIBRATE 55 51 23 47
CLOPIDOGREL 55 52 23 45
WARFARIN SODIUM 54 53 25 17
ATENOLOL 51 51 26 11
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 Nov. 17, 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.