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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,909Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 49 out of 946

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 946

914 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82% Patients 65 Years and Older
29% 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 914 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 914 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$73 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 693 559 162 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 577 486 123 2 4
LISINOPRIL 530 413 132 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 479 396 110 4 3
METFORMIN HCL 425 321 99 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 337 297 89 6 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 299 217 61 S3 7 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 259 254* 73 8 14
ATENOLOL 248 203 59 9 15
FUROSEMIDE 240 182 61 10 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 240 225 59 10 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 236 149 49 12 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 222 201 50 13 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 216 179 46 14 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 164 148 33 15 11
LORAZEPAM 164 113 39 B 15 31
LOVASTATIN 157 111 33 17 22
RANITIDINE HCL 147 130 32 18 32
GABAPENTIN 146 82 39 19 12
LANTUS 126 73 30 20 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 121 102 29 21 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 116 85 33 22 17
CARVEDILOL 111 95 25 23 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 107 78 23 24 18
CLOPIDOGREL 107 86 24 24 19
EXFORGE 105 105 16 26 214
CARISOPRODOL 104 73 15 R 27 93
TRAZODONE HCL 101 55 21 28 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 100 95* 26 29 13
DIAZEPAM 99 67 20 B 30 101
CLONAZEPAM 98 53 16 B 31 58
PROAIR HFA 97 50 18 32 38
ALPRAZOLAM 96 76 26 B 33 29
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 94 <11 <11 S2 34 56
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 92 87* 18 R 35 85
JANUVIA 91 91 19 36 68
TERAZOSIN HCL 89 89 17 37 71
GLYBURIDE 87 82* 26 R 38 72
FENOFIBRATE* 85 65 17 39 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 82 46 17 40 24
NOVOLOG 80 24 20 41 84
GEMFIBROZIL 78 61 16 42 74
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 77 72* 19 43 28
ZETIA 77 72* 15 43 73
VYTORIN 76 60 17 45 108
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 56 36 46 23
GLIPIZIDE 74 59 22 47 40
OXYCODONE HCL 74 36 16 S2 47 41
CRESTOR 73 68* 22 49 30
SERTRALINE HCL 72 67* 18 50 26
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 54 17 S2 50 102
PAROXETINE HCL 71 66* 18 52 55
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 71 56 17 52 42
ALLOPURINOL 70 65* 19 54 35
CELEBREX 69 64* 15 55 82
ADVAIR DISKUS 68 52 19 56 49
BENAZEPRIL HCL 68 57 15 56 91
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 67 48 12 58 67
DIOVAN 66 66 19 59 43
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 64 59* 15 60 157
HUMALOG 62 57* 17 61 131
BUPROPION HCL SR 61 61 12 62 163
CLONIDINE HCL 60 37 12 63 63
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 54* 13 64 125
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 58 29 12 65 122
TRAMADOL HCL 58 53* 15 65 25
NAPROXEN 57 52* 19 67 109
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 56 11 68 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 44 12 69 61
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 54 29 13 R 70 103
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 54 15 11 70 52
MELOXICAM 54 49* 15 70 70
DONEPEZIL HCL 53 53 13 73 33
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 48* 15 73 94
QUINAPRIL HCL 52 <11 <11 75 147
SYNTHROID 50 45* 16 76 46
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 June 11, 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.