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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,353Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 81 out of 910

$765K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 910

375 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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

7% of this provider’s 375 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 375 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 9,883 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$67 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 500 438 1 3
LISINOPRIL 493 442 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 369 353 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 363 356 4 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 343 268 5 11
FUROSEMIDE 312 293 6 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 264 247 7 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 256 242 8 19
OMEPRAZOLE 220 212 9 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 215 199 10 15
CYMBALTA 203 120 11 58
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 186 159 12 14
NOVOLOG 168 148 13 78
METFORMIN HCL 159 154 14 6
CRESTOR 157 152 15 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 157 146 15 21
LANTUS 148 129 17 30
EXELON 141 141 18 181
HYDRALAZINE HCL 113 113 19 65
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 113 89 19 22
ATENOLOL 106 106 21 10
RANITIDINE HCL 104 81 22 28
DIOVAN 100 100 23 34
GABAPENTIN 99 60 24 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 93 25 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 88 25 12
FENOFIBRATE 95 95 25 55
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 93 62 28 73
SPIRONOLACTONE 90 61 29 66
DONEPEZIL HCL 89 83 30 32
TRAMADOL HCL 89 77 30 25
NAMENDA 87 75 32 57
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 72 S3 33 8
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 82 79 33 81
SYNTHROID 81 80 35 54
CLOPIDOGREL 76 65 36 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75 74 37 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 73 58 38 18
CARVEDILOL 71 64 39 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 70 63 40 29
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 67 62 41 102
LEVETIRACETAM 67 43 41 98
PEN NEEDLE 66 66 43 124
TRILIPIX 63 62 44 185
LOVAZA 63 63 44 209
MIRTAZAPINE 60 55 46 68
KLOR-CON M20 60 52 46 95
LACTULOSE 59 34 48 109
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 58 53 49 104
LIDODERM 57 57 50 164
NIFEDIPINE ER 56 56 51 107
KLOR-CON 10 55 43 52 88
TRAZODONE HCL 55 30 52 37
PLAVIX 54 51 54 53
PREDNISONE 54 54 54 43
BACLOFEN 52 37 56 100
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 Feb. 24, 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.