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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,786Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 910

$799K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 910

445 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

18% of this provider’s 445 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 445 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 9,694 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

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
WARFARIN SODIUM 709 471 1 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 496 409 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 462 380 3 3
LISINOPRIL 425 372 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 424 355 5 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 379 293 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 274 260 7 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 267 263 8 32
LANTUS 222 144 9 30
GABAPENTIN 216 113 10 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 187 154 11 19
SERTRALINE HCL 181 160 12 24
OMEPRAZOLE 179 136 13 5
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 166 121 14 27
RISPERIDONE 164 135 15 67
LEVETIRACETAM 162 103 16 98
NOVOLOG 161 90 17 78
MIRTAZAPINE 158 136 18 68
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 158 131 18 70
TRAZODONE HCL 155 122 20 37
NAMENDA 154 142 21 57
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 146 86 22 123
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 140 129 23 73
KLOR-CON M20 127 112 24 95
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 121 69 25 18
BACLOFEN 120 31 26 100
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 107 82 27 14
CLOPIDOGREL 106 89 28 35
METFORMIN HCL 106 97 28 6
CLONIDINE HCL 102 75 30 51
CARVEDILOL 100 68 31 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 94 72 32 21
PLAVIX 90 78 33 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 89 86 34 29
TRAMADOL HCL 83 54 35 25
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 83 26 35 149
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 53 37 45
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 82 60 37 118
ATENOLOL 77 75 39 10
HYDRALAZINE HCL 76 70 40 65
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 75 69 41 91
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 74 66 42 15
CYMBALTA 65 47 43 58
RANITIDINE HCL 65 54 43 28
DIGOXIN 65 54 43 64
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 64 48 46 111
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 64 60 46 81
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 52 48 110
ABILIFY 62 40 49 173
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 61 43 50 23
SEROQUEL 59 47 51 135
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 54 S3 51 8
FAMOTIDINE 58 51 53 101
GLIPIZIDE 57 42 54 38
SPIRIVA 55 30 55 74
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 54 28 56 102
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 53 51 57 12
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 52 17 58 180
TRAVATAN Z 52 51 58 286
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 42 60 83
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 Nov. 26, 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.