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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,558Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 42 out of 910

$618K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 102 out of 910

510 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

14% of this provider’s 510 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 510 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 10,889 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% 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

27 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
LISINOPRIL 663 589 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 512 403 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 448 424 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 416 359 4 3
METFORMIN HCL 336 268 5 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 333 293 6 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 295 200 S3 7 8
FUROSEMIDE 278 231 8 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 264 177 9 11
GABAPENTIN 206 137 10 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 203 157 11 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 200 145 12 19
OMEPRAZOLE 186 171 13 5
LOVASTATIN 184 152 14 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 174 166 15 32
ATENOLOL 163 146 16 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 162 139 17 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 158 148 18 29
GEMFIBROZIL 142 113 19 63
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 137 122 20 15
SERTRALINE HCL 128 108 21 24
RANITIDINE HCL 123 104 22 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 108 22 21
GLYBURIDE 121 103 R 24 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 120 115 25 16
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 118 76 26 102
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 107 62 S2 27 52
ALLOPURINOL 105 103 28 33
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 99 75 S2 29 31
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 98 62 30 149
CLONIDINE HCL 98 77 30 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 98 91 30 14
ETODOLAC 97 80 33 274
FLUOXETINE HCL 92 76 34 49
TRAZODONE HCL 92 80 34 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 91 80 36 27
PROAIR HFA 91 51 36 40
CLOPIDOGREL 90 74 38 35
TRAMADOL HCL 89 84 39 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87 86 40 22
NAMENDA 84 83 41 57
CEPHALEXIN 84 64 41 90
LANTUS 77 52 43 30
OXYCODONE HCL 74 23 S2 44 42
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 51 44 45
DIGOXIN 74 74 44 64
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 73 57 47 118
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 73 53 47 137
GLIPIZIDE 70 53 49 38
KLOR-CON 10 68 67 50 88
LIDODERM 68 63 50 164
OXYCONTIN 68 31 S2 50 126
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 63 53 48
PREDNISONE 67 45 53 43
MIRTAZAPINE 66 54 55 68
AZITHROMYCIN 65 47 56 41
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 64 60 57 73
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 64 61 57 62
HYDROXYZINE HCL 63 63 R 59 155
BACLOFEN 62 42 60 100
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 50 60 134
HEPARIN SODIUM 61 49 62 182
RISPERIDONE 60 60 63 67
HYDRALAZINE HCL 60 47 63 65
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 60 46 63 39
VERAPAMIL ER 57 45 66 99
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 43 66 70
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 55 44 68 163
PLAVIX 53 48 69 53
BUMETANIDE 50 39 70 227
PROPRANOLOL HCL 50 27 70 120
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 31, 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.