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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,154Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 301 out of 910

$359K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 321 out of 910

400 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
93%Patients 65 Years and Older
13% 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

7% of this provider’s 400 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 400 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 5,864 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 308 294 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 233 224 2 3
LISINOPRIL 205 201 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 137 132 4 5
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 134 131 5 22
GABAPENTIN 131 123 6 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 129 122 7 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 121 111 S3 8 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 114 109 9 19
CRESTOR 105 82 10 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 105 100 10 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 102 91 12 14
MELOXICAM 101 89 13 76
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 101 99 13 7
ATENOLOL 97 97 15 10
METFORMIN HCL 89 88 16 6
PROAIR HFA 88 86 17 40
PREDNISONE 87 75 18 43
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 83 18 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 78 20 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 84 81 21 17
TAMSULOSIN HCL 75 74 22 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 75 75 22 11
FUROSEMIDE 71 71 24 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 63 63 25 15
GLIPIZIDE ER 63 63 25 87
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 61 61 27 231
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 59 54 28 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 57 57 29 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 52 30 12
DIOVAN 54 54 31 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 52 32 39
ALLOPURINOL 50 48 33 33
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 Dec. 30, 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.