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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,619Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 186 out of 1278

$440K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 166 out of 1278

529 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
7% 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
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this specialty
in Arizona
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 529 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 529 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 6,822 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

14 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 583 541 1 2
LISINOPRIL 493 468 2 1
METFORMIN HCL 359 326 3 4
LOVASTATIN 315 270 4 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 241 219 5 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 225 205 6 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 213 205 7 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 188 137 S3 8 7
SIMVASTATIN 183 178 9 3
ACTOS 167 158 10 72
OMEPRAZOLE 139 135 11 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 120 106 12 16
FUROSEMIDE 118 111 13 10
SERTRALINE HCL 115 95 14 28
ATENOLOL 108 99 15 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 100 81 16 14
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 93 84 17 19
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87 87 18 18
JANUVIA 85 73 19 68
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 81 20 41
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 69 20 53
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 81 72 22 15
TRAMADOL HCL 79 38 23 25
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 77 63 R 24 188
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 73 61 25 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 72 68 26 17
ALLOPURINOL 71 62 27 36
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 62 28 75
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 69 29 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 68 68 30 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 67 31 30
PAROXETINE HCL 64 55 32 56
BENICAR 62 62 33 107
CITALOPRAM HBR 54 46 34 22
GLYBURIDE 53 47 R 35 40
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 Sept. 13, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.