ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

9,672Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 124 out of 910

$393K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 285 out of 910

336 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

17% of this provider’s 336 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 336 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 9,490 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


Another View

This chart shows a different comparison of all providers in this specialty based on their mix of drugs and volume. Providers are grouped by similarity; those least like their peers are farthest to the right. Hover over the bars to see names of other prescribers.

← Prescribers more like their peers Prescribers less like their peers →
KEY: How to read this
chart

Fewer Prescribers
More Prescribers

This Prescriber
Hover to see more prescribers

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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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 638 633 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 583 569 2 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 420 418 3 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 365 364 4 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 295 295 5 4
MIRTAZAPINE 293 293 6 68
SIMVASTATIN 269 260 7 3
GABAPENTIN 222 201 8 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 219 219 9 7
FUROSEMIDE 213 212 10 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 204 204 11 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 173 162 12 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 171 13 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 164 161 S3 14 8
LANTUS 149 149 15 30
NOVOLOG 144 144 16 78
TRAZODONE HCL 142 139 17 37
CARVEDILOL 138 134 18 36
NAMENDA 134 134 19 57
METFORMIN HCL 124 121 20 6
OMEPRAZOLE 113 102 21 5
SERTRALINE HCL 108 108 22 24
ATENOLOL 103 103 23 10
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 98 86 S2 24 52
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 95 95 25 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 82 82 26 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 74 74 27 18
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74 74 27 15
PREDNISONE 73 72 29 43
RISPERIDONE 71 67 30 67
RANITIDINE HCL 69 69 31 28
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 65 32 48
OXYCONTIN 62 62 S2 33 126
LEVETIRACETAM 61 61 34 98
VANCOMYCIN HCL 60 60 35 201
LOVASTATIN 58 58 36 20
DIGOXIN 57 57 37 64
SPIRIVA 53 53 38 74
FAMOTIDINE 51 51 39 101
FINASTERIDE 50 50 40 59
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 »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to drugs@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to drugs@propublica.org.

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 1, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.