ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

23,513Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 946

$1.47M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 946

1,233 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older
37% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Arizona
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 1,233 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 1,233 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 15.


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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Arizona
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,210 1,106 272 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,132 961 279 2 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 843 668 223 3 7
OMEPRAZOLE 812 688 213 4 5
METFORMIN HCL 667 566 175 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 615 575 164 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 609 516 166 7 8
SIMVASTATIN 577 490 165 8 3
FUROSEMIDE 446 348 139 9 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 444 369 112 10 16
CLOPIDOGREL 434 372 104 11 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 414 343 111 12 13
ATENOLOL 346 303 79 13 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 339 247 124 S3 14 10
TAMSULOSIN HCL 336 309 101 15 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 321 275 86 16 11
GABAPENTIN 320 244 106 17 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 290 246 95 18 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 282 277* 75 19 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 251 196 125 20 23
RANITIDINE HCL 241 173 62 21 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 232 156 57 22 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 222 188 72 23 14
PROAIR HFA 210 128 70 24 38
CARVEDILOL 204 183 60 25 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 203 167 63 26 24
HYDRALAZINE HCL 201 162 40 27 62
MELOXICAM 192 144 57 28 70
DONEPEZIL HCL 190 179 42 29 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 189 171 58 30 20
CYMBALTA 187 136 45 31 54
ALLOPURINOL 186 142 42 32 35
TRAMADOL HCL 179 131 70 33 25
OXYCODONE HCL 164 107 24 S2 34 41
ALPRAZOLAM 164 119 76 B 34 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 159 118 47 36 49
CRESTOR 153 139 53 37 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 151 133 43 38 47
PREDNISONE 151 125 96 38 45
LOVASTATIN 147 132 52 40 22
SERTRALINE HCL 145 116 40 41 26
TRAZODONE HCL 137 118 36 42 34
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 122 44 43 66
DIOVAN 132 107 25 44 43
FINASTERIDE 125 120* 37 45 60
CLONIDINE HCL 123 106 26 46 63
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 122 95 36 47 18
GLIPIZIDE ER 122 103 30 47 104
XARELTO 114 114 25 49 153
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 113 96 23 50 87
SPIRIVA 110 82 28 51 75
JANUVIA 109 97 26 52 68
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 102 54 23 53 52
KLOR-CON M20 100 67 32 54 106
GLIPIZIDE 97 92* 28 55 40
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 96 82 73 56 116
BENICAR 94 79 26 57 114
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 93 80 81 58 50
LANTUS 93 60 22 58 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 92 70 31 60 65
BENICAR HCT 91 86* 27 61 208
IBUPROFEN 89 43 31 62 79
FENOFIBRATE* 83 83 20 63 59
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 82 54 25 S2 64 102
LORAZEPAM 81 60 24 B 65 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 79 74* 29 66 53
NAPROXEN 79 60 34 66 109
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 57 18 68 51
TERAZOSIN HCL 75 75 15 68 71
AMIODARONE HCL 73 73 26 70 148
ROPINIROLE HCL 73 59 19 70 112
OXYCONTIN 72 45 11 S2 72 126
NAMENDA 71 60 17 73 48
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70 46 21 R 74 86
AZELASTINE HCL 70 65* 45 74 187
BYSTOLIC 69 64* 19 76 159
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 62* 23 77 61
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 37 24 S2 77 39
TIZANIDINE HCL 66 27 22 79 202
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 66 61* 23 79 94
VYTORIN 65 60* 22 81 108
LEVOFLOXACIN 62 57* 57 82 83
NATEGLINIDE 61 56* 17 83 299
PAROXETINE HCL 61 56* 17 83 55
FENOFIBRATE* 60 55* 17 85 59
GLYBURIDE 59 54* 17 R 86 72
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 58 <11 <11 87 258
HUMALOG 58 35 16 87 131
CALCITONIN-SALMON 58 53* 19 87 183
SYNTHROID 57 52* 16 90 46
BACLOFEN 56 33 23 91 92
SUCRALFATE 56 56 13 91 282
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56 51* 16 91 97
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 55 50* 50 94 107
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 50* 13 94 125
LEVETIRACETAM 53 48* 12 96 97
ZETIA 53 48* 15 96 73
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 <11 <11 96 105
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 47* 40 99 129
TEMAZEPAM 52 39 13 B 99 57
GLIPIZIDE XL 51 28 18 101 113
KLOR-CON 10 50 50 19 102 99
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients Methodology »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to checkup@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to checkup@propublica.org.

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.
  • 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 Feb. 15, 2015.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.