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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,572Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 162 out of 946

$576K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 154 out of 946

629 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
98% Patients 65 Years and Older
6% 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

4% of this provider’s 629 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 629 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $61 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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.

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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.

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 489 489 140 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 412 407* 121 2 3
LISINOPRIL 385 380* 108 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 288 283* 77 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 273 257 61 S3 5 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 272 260 39 6 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 261 256* 75 7 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 257 257 68 8 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 248 243* 71 9 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 212 212 62 10 18
OMEPRAZOLE 209 209 62 11 5
METFORMIN HCL 182 177* 54 12 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 175 175 51 13 11
ALLOPURINOL 169 164* 45 14 35
ALPRAZOLAM 160 160 38 B 15 29
TRAMADOL HCL 155 150* 56 16 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 151 151 41 17 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 142 137* 48 18 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 141 141 42 19 7
CLOPIDOGREL 137 137 37 20 19
CRESTOR 136 136 35 21 30
LOVASTATIN 135 135 38 22 22
GABAPENTIN 135 130* 50 22 12
ATENOLOL 132 132 38 24 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 132 132 31 24 27
DIOVAN 95 95 28 26 43
FUROSEMIDE 95 95 31 26 9
CELEBREX 92 92 24 28 82
FINASTERIDE 91 91 22 29 60
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 81 81 29 30 17
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 77 77 11 A 31 64
DIGOX 71 71 16 32 120
PAROXETINE HCL 67 62* 17 33 55
SYNTHROID 64 64 17 34 46
NIFEDIPINE ER 62 62 16 35 80
LORAZEPAM 60 55* 14 B 36 31
GLIPIZIDE 59 54* 20 37 40
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 57 57 17 38 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55 55 20 39 16
PREDNISONE 52 52 18 40 45
SYMBICORT 50 <11 <11 41 160
JANUVIA 50 <11 <11 41 68
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 50 16 41 24
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 »

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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.
  • 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 Nov. 24, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.