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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,113Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 373 out of 910

$280K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 419 out of 910

549 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
10% 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

9% of this provider’s 549 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 549 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,972 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

9 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
LISINOPRIL 272 270 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 251 243 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 190 189 3 1
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 171 170 4 7
FUROSEMIDE 143 136 5 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 131 122 6 11
OMEPRAZOLE 129 126 7 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 109 107 S3 8 8
METFORMIN HCL 98 95 9 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 89 10 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 95 94 11 4
TRAMADOL HCL 88 88 12 25
ATENOLOL 78 77 13 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 76 75 14 17
AZITHROMYCIN 68 66 15 41
CITALOPRAM HBR 68 66 15 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 65 64 17 21
ALLOPURINOL 61 60 18 33
GABAPENTIN 55 53 19 13
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 49 20 48
SYMBICORT 53 53 21 178
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 53 21 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 52 21 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 50 50 24 18
DIGOXIN 50 50 24 64
LOVASTATIN 50 50 24 20
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 May 27, 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.