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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,096Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 910

$681K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 79 out of 910

630 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 630 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 630 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,494 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 624 512 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 615 530 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 573 454 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 524 411 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 430 357 5 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 318 205 6 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 308 229 S3 7 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 293 239 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 286 247 9 4
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 260 205 S2 10 31
GABAPENTIN 242 146 11 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 239 146 12 17
KLOR-CON M20 237 192 13 95
METFORMIN HCL 232 150 14 6
GLIPIZIDE 207 176 15 38
RISPERIDONE 204 177 16 67
ATENOLOL 194 170 17 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 193 150 18 19
PREDNISONE 174 157 19 43
LANTUS 171 150 20 30
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 163 122 21 18
TRAMADOL HCL 155 120 22 25
SERTRALINE HCL 137 131 23 24
OXYCODONE HCL 135 100 S2 24 42
CLOPIDOGREL 131 107 25 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 95 25 12
ALLOPURINOL 128 97 27 33
PAROXETINE HCL 122 101 28 50
DIGOXIN 122 99 28 64
NOVOLIN R 119 103 30 141
TRAZODONE HCL 119 101 30 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 118 103 32 27
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 116 62 33 158
PROAIR HFA 113 59 34 40
CLONIDINE HCL 112 70 35 51
CARISOPRODOL 109 35 R 36 71
PLAVIX 108 85 37 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 104 37 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 108 75 37 45
ROPINIROLE HCL 107 64 40 119
AZITHROMYCIN 103 82 41 41
FAMOTIDINE 103 52 41 101
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 101 84 43 73
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 101 101 43 14
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 97 88 45 48
DONEPEZIL HCL 96 88 46 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 92 75 47 22
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 91 64 48 70
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 90 88 49 21
CARVEDILOL 87 68 50 36
NAMENDA 87 87 50 57
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 85 57 52 23
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 84 56 R 53 80
FENOFIBRATE 75 40 54 55
CYMBALTA 73 26 55 58
KLOR-CON 10 72 69 56 88
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 71 50 57 134
PROMETHAZINE HCL 71 34 R 57 129
LOVASTATIN 66 51 59 20
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 66 55 59 163
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 27 59 66
RANITIDINE HCL 62 57 62 28
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 58 36 S2 63 52
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 56 45 64 118
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 56 41 64 125
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 55 23 66 81
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 26 67 49
METHOTREXATE 54 49 67 179
PREMARIN 53 44 R 69 127
KLOR-CON M10 52 51 70 169
FINASTERIDE 50 47 71 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 »

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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 April 7, 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.