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Prescriber Checkup

ARTHUR PORTNOW M.D.

5537 MARQUESAS CIR SAWYER OAKS PROFESSIONAL PARK

Sarasota | Florida | 34233

(941) 929-0444

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Legal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,505Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 58

$1.46M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 58

1,024 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
23% 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 Florida
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 1,024 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 6%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 1,024 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 24,253 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


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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 Florida
SIMVASTATIN 1,683 1,580 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,362 1,302 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 797 725 3 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 787 751 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 622 579 5 7
LISINOPRIL 613 564 6 3
FENOFIBRATE 581 512 7 61
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 492 448 8 16
METFORMIN HCL ER 426 400 9 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 423 393 10 37
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 392 288 S3 11 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 385 377 12 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 383 370 13 6
ATENOLOL 370 324 14 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 355 342 15 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 351 336 16 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 344 334 17 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 321 299 18 12
TRAMADOL HCL 305 254 19 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 302 301 20 18
METFORMIN HCL 284 254 21 8
GABAPENTIN 284 243 21 14
DIGOXIN 279 262 23 41
FINASTERIDE 270 268 24 84
DONEPEZIL HCL 254 251 25 29
CILOSTAZOL 249 249 26 103
SERTRALINE HCL 245 216 27 30
GLIMEPIRIDE 238 219 28 63
MELOXICAM 237 202 29 36
GEMFIBROZIL 231 206 30 56
ALPRAZOLAM 220 195 31 31
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 215 179 32 74
CITALOPRAM HBR 215 187 32 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 214 213 34 50
TERAZOSIN HCL 184 173 35 73
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 163 36 22
PLAVIX 169 156 37 39
RAMIPRIL 168 159 38 139
LOVASTATIN 162 132 39 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 157 155 40 13
CLOPIDOGREL 157 138 40 24
PREDNISONE 154 139 42 49
NIASPAN 150 149 43 108
CRESTOR 150 147 43 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 148 118 45 62
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 145 132 46 54
PAROXETINE HCL 144 138 47 60
BENAZEPRIL HCL 136 136 48 80
PROPRANOLOL HCL 134 128 49 126
TEMAZEPAM 133 128 50 44
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 131 121 51 154
VESICARE 131 129 51 154
SPIRONOLACTONE 128 117 53 78
ROPINIROLE HCL 127 125 54 112
CARVEDILOL 124 118 55 26
LIPITOR 123 117 56 162
DIOVAN HCT 120 118 57 76
INDOMETHACIN 118 118 R 58 164
KLOR-CON 10 117 106 59 97
NAMENDA 113 113 60 42
MECLIZINE HCL 109 109 61 89
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 108 101 62 128
EXELON 108 103 62 145
JANUVIA 107 103 64 77
BENICAR HCT 101 88 65 137
DIOVAN 101 99 65 43
GLIPIZIDE 96 94 67 32
VIAGRA 93 93 68 96
NEXIUM 93 90 68 55
CARISOPRODOL 90 61 R 70 91
CELEBREX 90 64 70 115
LYRICA 89 79 72 111
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 87 87 73 100
AVODART 85 79 74 143
TRILIPIX 84 79 75 175
SPIRIVA 84 80 75 123
TERBINAFINE HCL 78 78 77 184
AMOXICILLIN 78 73 77 99
CLONAZEPAM 77 77 79 142
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 73 71 80 150
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 59 80 27
GLYBURIDE 73 64 R 80 52
CIALIS 73 63 80 189
MIRTAZAPINE 73 62 80 58
LORATADINE 73 66 80 189
AZITHROMYCIN 71 61 86 33
BYSTOLIC 70 65 87 193
SYNTHROID 70 68 87 81
MULTAQ 70 70 87 193
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 65 90 66
VYTORIN 66 62 91 199
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 65 61 92 19
ALLOPURINOL 65 64 92 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 62 94 46
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 63 94 204
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 61 46 S3 96 158
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 61 59 96 207
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 60 54 98 106
PROAIR HFA 60 44 98 72
ACTOS 59 57 100 211
SINGULAIR 58 49 101 119
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 58 101 59
RISPERIDONE 57 34 103 85
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 56 50 104 98
FLUOXETINE HCL 55 54 105 78
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 46 106 166
TRAZODONE HCL 52 43 107 70
SOTALOL 51 51 108 226
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 51 44 108 67
CARTIA XT 50 50 110 228
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 6, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.