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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,552Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 23 out of 910

$718K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 68 out of 910

767 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

10% of this provider’s 767 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 767 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 13,142 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$46 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 781 683 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 696 662 2 3
LISINOPRIL 640 574 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 637 545 4 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 612 477 5 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 578 459 S3 6 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 507 469 7 4
OMEPRAZOLE 408 336 8 5
ATENOLOL 320 295 9 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 283 267 10 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 272 234 11 15
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 266 249 12 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 261 220 13 7
FUROSEMIDE 255 221 14 9
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 229 206 15 44
LOVASTATIN 220 220 16 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 207 170 17 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 192 168 18 14
GABAPENTIN 179 121 19 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 179 166 19 11
LANTUS 167 113 21 30
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 140 78 S2 22 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 138 130 23 18
BENAZEPRIL HCL 131 119 24 89
ALLOPURINOL 131 120 24 33
GLIPIZIDE 130 96 26 38
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 126 125 27 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 126 118 27 19
DIOVAN 121 108 29 34
RANITIDINE HCL 117 93 30 28
AZITHROMYCIN 115 89 31 41
FELODIPINE ER 110 110 32 159
GLYBURIDE 100 98 R 33 46
INSULIN SYRINGE 98 66 34 47
JANUVIA 97 90 35 69
TRAMADOL HCL 96 81 36 25
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 92 31 S2 37 52
SPIRIVA 90 83 38 74
CRESTOR 89 88 39 26
PAROXETINE HCL 87 78 40 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 85 73 41 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 71 42 29
SERTRALINE HCL 82 58 42 24
METFORMIN HCL ER 81 60 44 77
PROAIR HFA 79 58 45 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 69 45 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 79 66 R 45 72
TERAZOSIN HCL 77 65 48 61
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 76 49 79
PREDNISONE 74 51 50 43
VYTORIN 74 74 50 82
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73 66 52 21
DIGOXIN 72 70 53 64
ACTONEL 71 71 54 102
TRAZODONE HCL 70 49 55 37
DILTIAZEM ER 69 64 56 105
DONEPEZIL HCL 69 69 56 32
GEMFIBROZIL 68 27 58 63
CAPTOPRIL 66 54 59 187
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 65 48 60 27
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 44 R 60 80
BUPROPION XL 65 45 60 189
PROMETHAZINE HCL 65 60 R 60 129
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 65 60 56
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 29 60 66
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 65 53 60 137
LIPITOR 61 60 67 97
CLONIDINE HCL 60 59 68 51
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 42 69 112
FENOFIBRATE 58 57 69 55
OXYCODONE HCL 56 40 S2 71 42
MIRTAZAPINE 53 41 72 68
BENICAR HCT 52 42 73 167
BENICAR 52 52 73 94
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 22, 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.