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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,249Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 293 out of 910

$386K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 293 out of 910

315 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
15% 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 315 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 315 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,484 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

31% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 379 350 1 1
LISINOPRIL 235 195 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 229 200 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 204 189 4 3
OMEPRAZOLE 153 131 5 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 124 107 6 21
FUROSEMIDE 111 105 7 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 107 88 8 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 106 106 9 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 103 95 10 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 94 94 11 32
DIOVAN 92 78 12 34
SERTRALINE HCL 83 62 13 24
TAMSULOSIN HCL 83 77 13 29
TRAMADOL HCL 77 68 15 25
HYDRALAZINE HCL 76 69 16 65
GLIPIZIDE ER 76 68 16 87
SPIRIVA 74 72 18 74
METFORMIN HCL 72 41 19 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 61 S3 19 8
GABAPENTIN 72 51 19 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 64 56 22 16
CRESTOR 61 41 23 26
LYRICA 60 38 24 131
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 58 43 25 27
AZITHROMYCIN 56 52 26 41
CLOPIDOGREL 56 53 26 35
CARVEDILOL 52 52 28 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 47 29 48
NAMENDA 50 50 30 57
PAROXETINE HCL 50 32 30 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 50 48 30 17
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 March 24, 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.