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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,966Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 90 out of 910

$542K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 145 out of 910

390 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

31% of this provider’s 390 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 390 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,963 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

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 745 480 1 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 433 373 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 407 368 3 9
LISINOPRIL 332 286 4 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 270 252 5 7
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 224 193 6 118
GABAPENTIN 214 183 7 13
SIMVASTATIN 206 169 8 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 198 196 9 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 177 130 10 19
TRAZODONE HCL 176 134 11 37
OMEPRAZOLE 174 138 12 5
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 174 155 12 73
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 154 130 S2 14 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 152 139 15 18
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 147 67 16 102
DONEPEZIL HCL 145 133 17 32
CARVEDILOL 129 116 18 36
LACTULOSE 129 107 18 109
LANTUS 121 89 20 30
METFORMIN HCL 109 93 21 6
SERTRALINE HCL 108 76 22 24
LEVETIRACETAM 96 59 23 98
RISPERIDONE 94 80 24 67
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 93 87 25 14
RANITIDINE HCL 92 80 26 28
PAROXETINE HCL 92 90 26 50
KLOR-CON M20 90 64 28 95
ATENOLOL 87 71 29 10
MIRTAZAPINE 85 39 30 68
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 84 58 31 149
FAMOTIDINE 82 70 32 101
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 81 74 33 70
VENLAFAXINE HCL 79 79 34 192
CYMBALTA 76 76 35 58
TRAMADOL HCL 74 68 36 25
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 72 72 37 81
DIGOXIN 71 56 38 64
KLOR-CON 10 71 69 38 88
LIDODERM 70 64 40 164
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 69 57 41 21
OXYCODONE HCL 67 43 S2 42 42
ROPINIROLE HCL 65 64 43 119
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 49 44 45
SPIRONOLACTONE 63 60 45 66
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 52 46 27
PHENYTOIN 61 21 47 299
LEVOFLOXACIN 61 52 47 110
AMIODARONE HCL 60 51 49 162
GLIPIZIDE 59 53 50 38
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 42 50 111
BACLOFEN 57 25 52 100
NAMENDA 55 55 53 57
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 55 12 53 180
CLOPIDOGREL 54 51 55 35
CLONIDINE HCL 54 52 55 51
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 53 53 57 199
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 43 57 22
NOVOLOG 53 39 57 78
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 33 60 104
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 May 10, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.