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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,513Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 43 out of 910

$744K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 57 out of 910

676 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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

7% of this provider’s 676 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 676 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 11,691 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$55 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
LISINOPRIL 756 686 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 606 559 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 491 446 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 485 443 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 398 320 5 5
SERTRALINE HCL 313 268 6 24
METFORMIN HCL 290 250 7 6
FUROSEMIDE 276 233 8 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 275 252 9 11
ATENOLOL 260 253 10 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 258 233 11 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 251 224 12 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 214 182 S3 13 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 206 206 14 32
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 201 174 15 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 194 165 16 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 190 149 17 18
CRESTOR 183 143 18 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 179 170 19 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 170 156 20 15
PAROXETINE HCL 169 151 21 50
GABAPENTIN 162 141 22 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 162 154 22 22
PROAIR HFA 148 92 24 40
GLYBURIDE 145 125 R 25 46
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 145 134 25 17
ALLOPURINOL 136 118 27 33
METFORMIN HCL ER 124 110 28 77
GLIPIZIDE ER 124 124 28 87
GLIPIZIDE 118 73 30 38
TRAZODONE HCL 117 89 31 37
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 116 102 32 39
JANUVIA 115 107 33 69
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 110 102 34 113
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 109 76 35 21
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108 98 36 23
BUPROPION HCL SR 97 64 37 157
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95 90 38 27
FLUOXETINE HCL 93 53 39 49
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 91 79 S2 40 31
VYTORIN 91 78 40 82
CEPHALEXIN 84 75 42 90
AZITHROMYCIN 80 68 43 41
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 78 64 44 234
CLOPIDOGREL 77 63 45 35
FINASTERIDE 77 77 45 59
PLAVIX 73 61 47 53
LOVASTATIN 73 64 47 20
VERAPAMIL ER 71 45 49 99
CITALOPRAM HBR 69 63 50 19
KLOR-CON 10 63 49 51 88
CYMBALTA 62 47 52 58
PREMARIN 62 52 R 52 127
DIGOXIN 62 52 52 64
BENICAR 59 59 55 94
NAMENDA 59 59 55 57
CARVEDILOL 58 58 57 36
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 55 58 107
SYMBICORT 53 33 59 178
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 41 60 115
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 52 41 S2 60 52
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 35 62 83
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 45 62 110
EVISTA 50 50 62 139
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 8, 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.