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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,685Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 910

$945K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 910

1,081 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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

10% of this provider’s 1,081 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 1,081 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 15,651 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,119 1,005 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 825 726 2 1
ATENOLOL 666 597 3 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 590 535 4 4
LISINOPRIL 547 486 5 2
OMEPRAZOLE 538 449 6 5
METFORMIN HCL 499 384 7 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 473 418 8 7
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 404 343 9 60
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 399 271 S3 10 8
FUROSEMIDE 348 315 11 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 335 314 12 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 326 286 13 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 316 292 14 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 292 271 15 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 286 233 16 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 255 200 17 27
GLIPIZIDE 239 215 18 38
GABAPENTIN 230 154 19 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 212 188 20 22
LANTUS 195 157 21 30
JANUVIA 187 148 22 69
TERAZOSIN HCL 186 178 23 61
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 182 144 S2 24 31
INSULIN SYRINGE 181 141 25 47
FINASTERIDE 161 137 26 59
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 161 120 26 21
CLOPIDOGREL 160 147 28 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 157 103 29 23
PAROXETINE HCL 155 135 30 50
PLAVIX 146 131 31 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 140 108 32 14
TRAMADOL HCL 135 132 33 25
GEMFIBROZIL 134 95 34 63
CARVEDILOL 134 118 34 36
ALLOPURINOL 133 118 36 33
LOVASTATIN 131 105 37 20
RANITIDINE HCL 123 105 38 28
SERTRALINE HCL 112 88 39 24
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 103 40 81
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 104 89 41 48
ESTRADIOL 94 63 R 42 92
SALSALATE 92 72 43 318
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 74 44 45
CYMBALTA 91 86 44 58
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 90 69 R 46 80
PREDNISONE 90 61 46 43
AZITHROMYCIN 88 74 48 41
SPIRIVA 85 76 49 74
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 82 64 50 112
CITALOPRAM HBR 81 69 51 19
PROAIR HFA 79 65 52 40
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 79 72 52 294
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 79 73 52 111
VENTOLIN HFA 77 58 55 208
DILTIAZEM ER 77 70 55 105
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 77 49 55 83
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 76 62 58 16
NOVOLIN R 73 56 59 141
CLONIDINE HCL 72 56 60 51
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 71 71 61 62
KLOR-CON 10 71 61 61 88
DIGOXIN 71 65 61 64
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 70 55 S3 64 121
CARISOPRODOL 67 43 R 65 71
TRAZODONE HCL 66 51 66 37
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 63 42 67 234
HYDRALAZINE HCL 62 51 68 65
OXYCODONE HCL 62 46 S2 68 42
ZOSTAVAX 61 56 70 160
VERAPAMIL ER 60 48 71 99
IBUPROFEN 60 43 71 75
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 42 73 49
ZETIA 57 44 73 84
DIOVAN 57 55 73 34
SSD 56 49 76 365
LIPITOR 55 48 77 97
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 43 77 110
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE ER 54 31 79 372
PEN NEEDLE 54 44 79 124
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 50 81 120
DONEPEZIL HCL 53 50 81 32
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 21 81 257
GLIPIZIDE XL 53 45 81 108
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 45 85 39
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 41 85 66
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 25 R 87 72
OXYCONTIN 51 46 S2 87 126
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.