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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,363Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 910

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 910

1,160 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

14% of this provider’s 1,160 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 1,160 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 13,801 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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 1,008 731 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 848 610 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 750 530 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 669 446 S3 4 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 640 492 5 4
METFORMIN HCL 564 366 6 6
FUROSEMIDE 479 406 7 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 426 322 8 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 417 326 9 12
OMEPRAZOLE 415 259 10 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 332 211 11 17
GABAPENTIN 321 185 12 13
LOVASTATIN 320 269 13 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 319 221 14 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 314 220 15 14
ATENOLOL 302 245 16 10
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 281 114 S2 17 31
RANITIDINE HCL 249 169 18 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 249 173 18 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 236 170 20 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 210 173 21 11
PROAIR HFA 199 135 22 40
GEMFIBROZIL 181 113 23 63
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 179 26 S2 24 52
SPIRIVA 173 132 25 74
DONEPEZIL HCL 172 155 26 32
SERTRALINE HCL 163 93 27 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 151 94 28 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 148 84 29 49
GLYBURIDE 142 127 R 30 46
TRAMADOL HCL 141 71 31 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 131 59 32 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 130 101 33 22
CYMBALTA 129 61 34 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 127 86 35 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 105 36 29
CLONIDINE HCL 119 104 37 51
CRESTOR 119 90 37 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 118 100 39 21
CLOPIDOGREL 118 84 39 35
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 111 22 R 41 80
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 101 42 44
NAMENDA 107 92 43 57
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 107 61 R 43 72
ZETIA 106 99 45 84
CARVEDILOL 104 99 46 36
PREDNISONE 104 85 46 43
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 102 84 48 15
LYRICA 102 35 48 131
TRAZODONE HCL 100 66 50 37
OXYCODONE HCL 99 34 S2 51 42
GLIPIZIDE 97 56 52 38
DIOVAN 97 78 52 34
PAROXETINE HCL 96 42 54 50
FENOFIBRATE 96 52 54 55
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 93 70 56 83
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 93 71 56 39
ALLOPURINOL 92 84 58 33
IBUPROFEN 92 39 58 75
PROPRANOLOL HCL 88 54 60 120
VYTORIN 85 60 61 82
INSULIN SYRINGE 85 41 61 47
SPIRONOLACTONE 80 51 63 66
BACLOFEN 78 0 64 100
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 78 19 S2 64 114
ROPINIROLE HCL 78 43 64 119
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 76 51 67 62
NAPROXEN 76 53 67 96
NASONEX 75 49 69 233
KLOR-CON M20 74 58 70 95
BUPROPION HCL SR 72 41 71 157
GLIMEPIRIDE 72 59 71 56
CELEBREX 72 32 71 85
BUPROPION XL 71 48 74 189
TERAZOSIN HCL 70 51 75 61
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69 54 76 104
PLAVIX 69 60 76 53
VERAPAMIL ER 68 45 78 99
LANTUS 65 27 79 30
SYMBICORT 63 54 80 178
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 62 51 81 48
CARISOPRODOL 61 17 R 82 71
JANUVIA 58 53 83 69
LEVEMIR 58 23 83 188
NIASPAN 57 31 85 140
METHADONE HCL 56 0 S2 86 143
BUPROPION HCL 56 26 86 289
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 56 54 86 60
FENTANYL 54 18 S2 89 142
EXELON 53 45 90 181
ESTRADIOL 53 23 R 90 92
FINASTERIDE 51 47 92 59
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 51 41 92 294
ACTOS 50 41 94 86
DIGOXIN 50 50 94 64
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 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.