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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,782Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 20 out of 910

$739K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 910

943 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
20% 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

8% of this provider’s 943 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 943 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 13,749 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,027 955 1 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 845 792 2 1
LISINOPRIL 660 580 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 628 591 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 479 425 5 5
METFORMIN HCL 411 341 6 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 374 310 S3 7 8
ATENOLOL 350 322 8 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 328 298 9 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 317 277 10 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 292 230 11 17
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 273 263 12 60
GABAPENTIN 271 217 13 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 259 232 14 15
SERTRALINE HCL 251 206 15 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 229 213 16 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 228 210 17 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 227 199 18 27
GLIPIZIDE 215 208 19 38
FUROSEMIDE 215 195 19 9
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 201 177 21 21
LANTUS 189 158 22 30
TERAZOSIN HCL 187 174 23 61
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 182 157 24 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 170 151 25 14
RANITIDINE HCL 167 123 26 28
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 162 137 27 111
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 149 139 S2 28 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 141 121 29 18
TRAZODONE HCL 141 116 29 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 137 137 31 22
INSULIN SYRINGE 126 105 32 47
FINASTERIDE 115 107 33 59
LIPITOR 112 92 34 97
LOVASTATIN 99 96 35 20
VENTOLIN HFA 98 82 36 208
FENOFIBRATE 96 78 37 55
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 93 91 38 39
JANUVIA 92 91 39 69
ALLOPURINOL 90 79 40 33
CARVEDILOL 87 74 41 36
ENDOCET 87 63 S2 41 130
DIGOXIN 79 70 43 64
CLOPIDOGREL 79 75 43 35
ESTRADIOL 79 68 R 43 92
DONEPEZIL HCL 79 77 43 32
PLAVIX 79 70 43 53
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 76 48 44
AZITHROMYCIN 71 55 49 41
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 66 50 81
NIFEDIAC CC 68 68 51 131
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 68 68 51 115
GLIPIZIDE XL 68 58 51 108
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 67 48 54 83
GEMFIBROZIL 65 40 55 63
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 60 56 48
HYDRALAZINE HCL 64 59 56 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 41 56 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 62 53 59 49
ZOSTAVAX 62 61 59 160
TRAMADOL HCL 61 52 61 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 60 60 62 19
PAROXETINE HCL 59 43 63 50
PROMETHAZINE HCL 58 0 R 64 129
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 56 56 65 62
ACTOS 56 46 65 86
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 48 67 79
DILTIAZEM ER 53 53 68 105
SYNTHROID 53 53 68 54
CLONIDINE HCL 52 47 70 51
LYRICA 50 44 71 131
SPIRIVA 50 47 71 74
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.