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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,727Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 132 out of 1278

$364K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 262 out of 1278

581 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
41%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

35% of this provider’s 581 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 581 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 3,214 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

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
OXYCODONE HCL 472 88 S2 1 27
SIMVASTATIN 335 170 2 3
LISINOPRIL 291 184 3 1
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 290 64 S2 4 42
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 264 97 5 2
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 250 68 S2 6 29
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 244 70 S3 7 7
OMEPRAZOLE 226 89 8 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 219 96 9 5
PROAIR HFA 205 59 10 26
METFORMIN HCL 182 102 11 4
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 169 45 S2 12 76
FUROSEMIDE 164 82 13 10
RANITIDINE HCL 159 18 14 20
CARISOPRODOL 158 41 R 15 51
GABAPENTIN 157 49 16 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 87 17 8
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 127 66 R 18 55
ATENOLOL 122 52 19 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 122 72 19 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 108 21 21 16
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 105 34 22 74
LOVASTATIN 83 54 23 13
IBUPROFEN 81 20 24 46
LANTUS 80 19 25 33
TRAMADOL HCL 78 18 26 25
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 76 29 27 80
NAPROXEN 76 14 27 70
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 74 13 R 29 62
LYRICA 71 31 30 104
WARFARIN SODIUM 64 28 31 17
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 21 32 49
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 28 33 41
MORPHINE SULFATE 59 0 S2 33 115
GLIPIZIDE 57 23 35 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 16 35 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 55 26 37 21
AZITHROMYCIN 55 13 37 37
TIZANIDINE HCL 51 0 39 189
INSULIN SYRINGE 51 25 39 50
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 12, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.