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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,884Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 153 out of 910

$482K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 187 out of 910

444 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

6% of this provider’s 444 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 444 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 8,653 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$54 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 405 402 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 366 329 2 1
METFORMIN HCL 338 338 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 321 319 4 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 301 294 S3 5 8
FUROSEMIDE 254 254 6 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 244 244 7 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 214 214 8 4
GABAPENTIN 213 204 9 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 192 191 10 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 188 160 11 19
OMEPRAZOLE 177 177 12 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 161 148 13 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 129 14 12
NOVOLOG 120 120 15 78
TAMSULOSIN HCL 114 114 16 29
CARVEDILOL 113 113 17 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 111 111 18 32
DIOVAN 106 106 19 34
TRAMADOL HCL 105 84 20 25
KLOR-CON M20 98 97 21 95
LEVETIRACETAM 96 96 22 98
LANTUS 94 94 23 30
NAMENDA 90 90 24 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 88 88 25 18
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 83 83 26 70
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 81 81 27 14
LOVASTATIN 77 77 28 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 73 73 29 17
PREDNISONE 72 72 30 43
GLIMEPIRIDE 69 69 31 56
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 65 65 32 111
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 65 65 32 73
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 57 34 22
ATENOLOL 54 53 35 10
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 54 S2 35 31
LACTULOSE 52 43 37 109
SERTRALINE HCL 52 52 37 24
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 50 48 39 125
GLYBURIDE 50 50 R 39 46
CLONIDINE HCL 50 50 39 51
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.