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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,672Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 38 out of 336

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 33 out of 336

445 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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 Mississippi
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 445 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 445 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,239 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 Mississippi
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 904 770 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 787 710 2 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 632 526 S3 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 596 570 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 517 488 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 500 470 6 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 448 408 7 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 442 442 8 27
NAMENDA 407 396 9 39
MIRTAZAPINE 370 320 10 66
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 359 321 11 9
MELOXICAM 352 336 12 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 334 308 13 16
GABAPENTIN 314 270 14 11
LISINOPRIL 301 272 15 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 299 257 16 18
RANITIDINE HCL 286 235 17 36
CARVEDILOL 264 246 18 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 252 205 19 14
RISPERIDONE 243 200 20 90
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 219 216 21 68
CLOPIDOGREL 215 185 22 28
CYMBALTA 202 153 23 52
WARFARIN SODIUM 201 189 24 17
ALLOPURINOL 189 176 25 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 181 167 26 22
TRAMADOL HCL 179 179 27 20
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 165 142 28 94
SERTRALINE HCL 164 137 29 33
LEVETIRACETAM 148 132 30 114
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 148 125 30 12
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 147 119 32 49
GLIMEPIRIDE 139 128 33 29
TRAZODONE HCL 138 112 34 46
DIGOXIN 138 138 34 50
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 135 129 36 44
RAMIPRIL 134 122 37 84
CRESTOR 133 103 38 25
CLONIDINE HCL 126 115 39 32
ATENOLOL 126 117 39 26
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 116 96 41 92
LACTULOSE 111 81 42 143
EXELON 108 108 43 154
PLAVIX 107 94 44 37
METFORMIN HCL 105 97 45 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 103 90 46 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 100 99 47 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 89 48 40
NEXIUM 98 50 49 24
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 97 87 50 55
LYRICA 96 63 51 70
LANTUS 94 79 52 56
SEROQUEL 92 81 53 193
METFORMIN HCL ER 90 73 54 61
PAROXETINE HCL 88 65 55 64
NOVOLOG 87 87 56 135
DIOVAN 84 76 57 31
VESICARE 83 82 58 190
PREDNISONE 80 76 59 48
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 72 54 60 228
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 71 71 61 69
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 55 62 42
MIDODRINE HCL 69 66 63 279
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 68 65 64 10
FAMOTIDINE 67 45 65 73
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 67 65 54
LATANOPROST 67 58 65 231
ROPINIROLE HCL 65 53 68 98
KLOR-CON M20 64 60 69 51
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 63 41 70 142
PRIMIDONE 62 50 71 220
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 61 61 72 201
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 61 61 72 150
DIPYRIDAMOLE 60 50 R 74 308
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 51 75 186
TIZANIDINE HCL 59 24 75 83
MECLIZINE HCL 58 58 77 96
FENTANYL 58 57 S2 77 120
ABILIFY 57 55 79 169
FLUOXETINE HCL 57 36 79 81
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 35 79 82
LEVEMIR 57 57 79 149
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56 56 83 124
ZETIA 52 20 84 74
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 52 40 84 89
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 41 84 100
COLCRYS 50 50 87 103
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 July 10, 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.