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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,246Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 218 out of 946

$506K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 206 out of 946

715 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older
7% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

12 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 424 374 111 1 1
LISINOPRIL 352 315 97 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 292 274 76 3 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 289 270 79 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 211 200 55 5 4
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 200 171 92 6 23
TRAMADOL HCL 158 153* 57 7 25
OMEPRAZOLE 148 143* 37 8 5
METFORMIN HCL 143 129 42 9 6
FUROSEMIDE 137 132* 43 10 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 135 117 32 11 27
GABAPENTIN 128 99 34 12 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 128 112 32 12 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 97 32 14 14
ATENOLOL 116 99 27 15 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 109 104* 31 16 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 104 99* 29 17 18
PREDNISONE 103 98* 63 18 45
SERTRALINE HCL 100 95* 26 19 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 97 92* 26 20 51
TRAZODONE HCL 96 91* 37 21 34
ALLOPURINOL 95 95 23 22 35
FINASTERIDE 93 81 28 23 60
SYNTHROID 93 76 24 23 46
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 92 92 26 25 42
PROAIR HFA 91 79 28 26 38
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 88 83* 35 27 20
DIOVAN 82 82 14 28 43
CRESTOR 79 74* 24 29 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 72 72 22 30 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 71 66* 25 31 13
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 62* 52 32 50
CITALOPRAM HBR 66 61* 18 33 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 61 61 15 34 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 58 58 15 35 17
CLOPIDOGREL 52 52 13 36 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 46* 11 37 66
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 5, 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.