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Prescriber Checkup

KAREN HEATH M.D.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,704Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 182 out of 1278

$2,525 Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1278 out of 1278

175 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
99% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 6,740 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$0 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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
VITAMIN D2 339 330 1 181
SIMVASTATIN 322 290 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 302 278 3 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 236 199 4 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 236 213 4 5
TRAZODONE HCL 188 141 6 38
LISINOPRIL 188 143 6 1
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 185 173 8 58
OYSTER SHELL CALCIUM W-VIT D 171 158 9 240
FUROSEMIDE 159 136 10 10
ASPIR-LOW 150 141 11 246
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 149 133 12 19
GABAPENTIN 139 131 13 12
ASPIRIN EC 137 119 14 253
ANTACID 128 120 10 15 259
ASPIRIN 114 106 16 275
DONEPEZIL HCL 110 101 17 48
ACETAMINOPHEN 104 101 18 284
TRAMADOL HCL 100 78 19 25
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 94 94 20 2
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 93 93 21 18
DOCUSATE SODIUM 92 68 22 288
MIRTAZAPINE 90 90 23 86
RANITIDINE HCL 89 89 24 20
ADVANCE TEST STRIPS 79 72 10 25 293
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 77 77 26 96
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 75 67 27 21
GLIPIZIDE ER 75 70 27 83
GLIPIZIDE 72 72 29 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 65 30 8
LORATADINE 67 55 31 312
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 66 19 32 15
CARVEDILOL 65 54 33 39
SENNA S 64 63 34 319
METFORMIN HCL 63 63 35 4
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 50 36 105
TAMSULOSIN HCL 54 54 36 32
LANTUS 52 36 38 33
VITAMIN D 52 37 38 345
PAROXETINE HCL 50 46 40 56
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 16 40 34
RENVELA 50 22 40 353
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 9, 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.