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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,531Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 58 out of 780

$979K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 70 out of 780

591 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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 Alabama
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 591 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 591 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,386 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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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 Alabama
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,181 870 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 809 680 2 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 792 670 3 9
LISINOPRIL 577 443 4 6
OMEPRAZOLE 576 452 5 3
METFORMIN HCL 451 319 6 8
MIRTAZAPINE 435 367 7 58
INDAPAMIDE 413 342 8 190
TRAZODONE HCL 394 356 9 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 374 340 10 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 373 365 11 31
BUMETANIDE 373 326 11 96
FUROSEMIDE 364 322 13 7
ATENOLOL 344 305 14 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 326 293 15 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 322 277 16 11
NAMENDA 301 272 17 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 299 236 18 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 283 223 19 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 279 260 20 19
CARVEDILOL 263 255 21 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 231 164 22 17
GABAPENTIN 229 167 23 13
TRAMADOL HCL 228 202 24 15
SIMVASTATIN 219 206 25 2
SERTRALINE HCL 216 183 26 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 211 189 27 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 199 148 28 25
CLONIDINE HCL 199 158 28 28
GLIMEPIRIDE 195 143 30 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 179 121 31 65
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 136 32 10
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 153 124 33 119
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 152 127 34 64
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 152 141 34 61
TAMSULOSIN HCL 140 130 36 36
KLOR-CON M20 139 124 37 57
RISPERIDONE 138 96 38 98
KLOR-CON M10 137 122 39 168
PROMETHAZINE HCL 136 53 R 40 66
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 136 130 40 12
CYMBALTA 133 103 42 51
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 133 111 42 97
RANITIDINE HCL 129 93 44 39
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 123 111 45 60
LANTUS 119 102 46 71
LEVETIRACETAM 116 83 47 130
LYRICA 114 71 48 52
ALLOPURINOL 112 95 49 29
SPIRONOLACTONE 110 99 50 53
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 108 93 51 117
FENOFIBRATE 106 74 52 63
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 104 77 R 53 48
PREDNISONE 103 98 54 40
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 102 97 55 79
MELOXICAM 102 77 55 16
CLOPIDOGREL 102 85 55 34
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 99 86 58 138
HYDRALAZINE HCL 97 94 59 54
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 95 83 60 81
NEXIUM 95 56 60 22
DIGOXIN 93 92 62 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 78 63 41
DILTIAZEM ER 89 75 64 134
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 89 65 S3 64 116
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 86 50 66 169
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 86 86 66 124
MECLIZINE HCL 82 76 68 83
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 74 69 68
BACLOFEN 74 21 70 153
AZITHROMYCIN 73 52 71 38
PROAIR HFA 72 46 72 62
TIZANIDINE HCL 71 33 73 82
ESTRADIOL 70 28 R 74 122
TORSEMIDE 67 56 75 114
RANEXA 63 62 76 375
SUBOXONE 62 26 77 157
GLIPIZIDE ER 61 61 78 109
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 47 78 88
BUPROPION HCL SR 60 33 80 193
NOVOLIN 70-30 59 55 81 164
PLAVIX 57 45 82 45
HUMULIN 70-30 57 31 82 106
VENTOLIN HFA 56 43 84 91
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 54 13 S2 85 141
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 44 85 49
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 54 85 87
AMOXICILLIN 53 38 88 99
FAMOTIDINE 53 39 88 86
METHOCARBAMOL 52 22 R 90 84
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 June 15, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.