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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,257Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 910

$1.56M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 910

1,285 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
4% 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

7% of this provider’s 1,285 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 1,285 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 19,788 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 24%.

Prescription Price

$73 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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 730 711 1 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 720 686 2 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 600 592 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 528 514 4 3
AZITHROMYCIN 361 350 5 41
SERTRALINE HCL 361 343 5 24
LISINOPRIL 355 345 7 2
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 355 349 7 39
OMEPRAZOLE 352 342 9 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 332 314 10 14
ATENOLOL 300 267 11 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 290 275 12 18
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 288 274 S3 13 8
FUROSEMIDE 273 259 14 9
PREDNISONE 263 258 15 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 255 244 16 21
SYNTHROID 252 202 17 54
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 245 245 18 15
NEXIUM 241 227 19 93
WARFARIN SODIUM 236 224 20 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 232 232 21 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 230 218 22 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 228 216 23 16
CRESTOR 213 200 24 26
CEPHALEXIN 196 191 25 90
LOVASTATIN 193 182 26 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 187 27 7
ALLOPURINOL 182 182 28 33
FLUOXETINE HCL 179 173 29 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 177 162 30 27
CYMBALTA 173 147 31 58
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 169 162 32 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 168 157 33 23
FINASTERIDE 166 161 34 59
METFORMIN HCL ER 165 163 35 77
METFORMIN HCL 165 158 35 6
DIOVAN 163 158 37 34
PREMARIN 144 144 R 38 127
MELOXICAM 138 138 39 76
KLOR-CON 10 138 138 39 88
RAMIPRIL 134 134 41 154
CELEBREX 130 126 42 85
VERAPAMIL ER 128 128 43 99
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 128 43 204
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 126 111 45 113
CITALOPRAM HBR 125 108 46 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 123 123 47 32
LIPITOR 116 116 48 97
OXYCODONE HCL 114 0 S2 49 42
NIFEDIPINE ER 114 114 49 107
SPIRONOLACTONE 114 109 49 66
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 114 109 49 137
TRAZODONE HCL 112 98 53 37
NIFEDICAL XL 112 88 53 193
GABAPENTIN 112 112 53 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 102 56 44
TRAMADOL HCL 104 104 57 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 99 84 58 22
ESTRADIOL 98 98 R 59 92
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 95 94 60 237
GLIMEPIRIDE 95 84 60 56
CARVEDILOL 92 88 62 36
NADOLOL 89 83 63 211
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 88 88 64 183
ADVAIR DISKUS 87 85 65 45
HYDRALAZINE HCL 85 85 66 65
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 84 84 67 280
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 75 68 79
DIGOXIN 81 81 69 64
CLOPIDOGREL 80 80 70 35
OXYCONTIN 78 30 S2 71 126
PLAVIX 77 77 72 53
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 74 73 115
ZETIA 74 74 74 84
NAPROXEN 73 72 75 96
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 73 59 S2 75 31
LYRICA 72 72 77 131
SINGULAIR 70 66 78 144
NAMENDA 70 70 78 57
CLONIDINE HCL 70 70 78 51
LEVOXYL 68 66 81 106
VIMOVO 68 68 81 333
AMOXICILLIN 67 59 83 150
BENICAR 65 59 84 94
PAROXETINE HCL 64 61 85 50
EVISTA 64 64 85 139
RANITIDINE HCL 63 63 87 28
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 62 38 88 215
LANSOPRAZOLE 62 59 88 257
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 62 53 R 88 80
PROAIR HFA 61 46 91 40
LEXAPRO 61 50 91 296
CARISOPRODOL 60 23 R 93 71
PEN NEEDLE 60 60 93 124
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 57 23 S2 95 269
RISPERIDONE 57 56 95 67
AVODART 56 56 97 203
GLYBURIDE 56 56 R 97 46
COLCRYS 56 43 97 310
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 55 97 110
MIRTAZAPINE 55 55 101 68
LANTUS 55 55 101 30
ACYCLOVIR 55 53 101 165
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 53 104 60
LUNESTA 53 52 104 259
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 51 48 106 117
GEMFIBROZIL 50 50 107 63
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 30, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.