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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,972Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 130 out of 780

$755K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 139 out of 780

691 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
32% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 691 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 691 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,141 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
OMEPRAZOLE 705 516 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 700 440 S3 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 693 562 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 678 567 4 5
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 557 506 5 33
FUROSEMIDE 523 405 6 7
METFORMIN HCL 396 289 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 382 312 8 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 354 303 9 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 343 246 10 26
LISINOPRIL 341 253 11 6
CARVEDILOL 322 231 12 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 291 257 13 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 274 252 14 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 268 224 15 11
ATENOLOL 267 240 16 21
NAPROXEN 207 154 17 100
RANITIDINE HCL 203 127 18 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 202 168 19 36
TRAZODONE HCL 200 148 20 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 188 143 21 18
GABAPENTIN 179 121 22 13
ALLOPURINOL 170 125 23 29
PREDNISONE 167 123 24 40
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 166 141 25 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 127 26 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 152 98 27 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 152 112 27 24
MELOXICAM 147 104 29 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 137 78 30 19
NEXIUM 122 101 31 22
KLOR-CON 10 116 98 32 90
CLOPIDOGREL 105 82 33 34
SYNTHROID 105 103 33 77
METFORMIN HCL ER 95 76 35 43
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 94 80 36 9
INSULIN SYRINGE 93 61 37 80
LANTUS 86 61 38 71
AMOXICILLIN 85 58 39 99
TRAMADOL HCL 85 53 39 15
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 51 41 68
SPIRONOLACTONE 78 49 42 53
RAMIPRIL 77 71 43 70
CLONIDINE HCL 77 41 43 28
DIOVAN HCT 76 72 45 75
NAMENDA 74 74 46 46
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 71 49 47 121
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 70 58 48 49
HUMULIN 70-30 70 50 48 106
PLAVIX 69 55 50 45
CELEBREX 68 61 51 89
CRESTOR 68 44 51 32
AZITHROMYCIN 66 47 53 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 65 44 54 44
OXYCONTIN 63 13 S2 55 165
KLOR-CON M10 61 53 56 168
HUMALOG 60 28 57 192
VERAPAMIL ER 60 41 57 78
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 57 57 50
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 58 57 95
LYRICA 59 31 61 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 59 54 61 23
JANUMET 58 48 63 208
BYSTOLIC 58 50 63 118
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 45 65 41
PAROXETINE HCL 53 47 66 69
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 53 44 66 61
ESTRADIOL 50 46 R 68 122
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 50 27 68 211
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 Jan. 17, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.