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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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44,201Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 780

$2.48M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 780

1,622 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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

5% of this provider’s 1,622 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 1,622 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 39,313 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,772 1,641 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 1,381 1,267 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,214 1,023 S3 3 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 1,119 1,025 4 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,036 945 5 4
BUMETANIDE 783 729 10 6 96
CITALOPRAM HBR 771 718 7 23
SIMVASTATIN 709 598 8 2
LISINOPRIL 687 581 9 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 685 638 10 24
NAMENDA 673 662 11 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 662 590 12 18
MELOXICAM 631 590 13 16
SERTRALINE HCL 622 544 14 27
TRAMADOL HCL 552 483 15 15
FUROSEMIDE 530 471 16 7
MIRTAZAPINE 523 493 17 58
DONEPEZIL HCL 501 501 18 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 492 400 19 17
METFORMIN HCL 452 373 20 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 424 372 21 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 393 349 22 33
CARVEDILOL 385 348 23 14
TRAZODONE HCL 384 310 24 35
RANITIDINE HCL 376 328 25 39
TAMSULOSIN HCL 371 353 26 36
LANTUS 369 352 27 71
GLIMEPIRIDE 368 338 28 30
GABAPENTIN 365 292 29 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 365 336 29 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 365 344 29 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 340 298 32 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 338 325 33 20
AZITHROMYCIN 337 281 34 38
NEXIUM 337 294 34 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 334 280 36 25
NOVOLOG 331 311 37 158
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 322 276 38 41
CLONIDINE HCL 322 279 38 28
EXELON 311 309 40 132
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 304 250 41 140
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 297 295 42 81
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 289 265 43 60
CLOPIDOGREL 283 250 44 34
DIGOXIN 281 249 45 56
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 280 263 46 61
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 278 248 47 79
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 275 249 48 49
RISPERIDONE 255 230 49 98
ATENOLOL 244 231 50 21
PREDNISONE 239 232 51 40
ALLOPURINOL 238 221 52 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 233 210 53 119
PAROXETINE HCL 220 206 54 69
METHOCARBAMOL 216 157 R 55 84
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 215 198 56 50
CYMBALTA 210 138 57 51
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 209 209 58 124
ROPINIROLE HCL 205 175 59 87
BENICAR 204 197 60 207
LYRICA 204 180 60 52
BUPROPION XL 202 160 62 177
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 201 185 63 102
LEVOFLOXACIN 194 171 64 76
PLAVIX 187 160 65 45
FENTANYL 182 157 S2 66 107
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 178 145 R 67 48
HYDRALAZINE HCL 172 154 68 54
FENOFIBRATE 165 148 69 63
CELEBREX 159 135 70 89
CRESTOR 158 141 71 32
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 154 132 72 44
FLUOXETINE HCL 154 129 72 65
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 153 125 74 156
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 145 139 75 163
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 145 125 75 26
BUSPIRONE HCL 145 115 75 125
BENICAR HCT 145 128 75 220
GLIPIZIDE 141 137 79 74
LEVETIRACETAM 140 116 80 130
ADVAIR DISKUS 139 121 81 68
SINGULAIR 138 114 82 73
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 133 133 83 37
MECLIZINE HCL 132 118 84 83
BYSTOLIC 132 125 84 118
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 131 113 86 97
NOVOLIN R 131 129 86 212
FLUCONAZOLE 129 102 88 111
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 129 118 88 103
VESICARE 124 109 90 186
NOVOLIN 70-30 121 104 91 164
SEROQUEL 118 113 92 172
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 117 107 93 138
DOXEPIN HCL 113 112 94 170
PROPRANOLOL HCL 109 77 95 133
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 105 76 S2 96 146
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 105 86 R 96 42
SYNTHROID 105 105 96 77
KLOR-CON 10 105 96 96 90
TRICOR 104 100 100 152
KLOR-CON M20 97 62 101 57
RIVASTIGMINE 94 94 102 280
PROMETHAZINE HCL 93 79 R 103 66
BACLOFEN 93 71 103 153
TIZANIDINE HCL 93 24 103 82
HUMULIN 70-30 93 72 103 106
FAMOTIDINE 92 82 107 86
NITROFURANTOIN 92 83 107 235
SOTALOL 92 92 107 312
LIPITOR 91 85 110 175
CEFTRIAXONE 91 86 110 278
WELCHOL 88 87 112 272
HYDROXYZINE HCL 88 80 R 112 155
DIOVAN 88 77 112 55
AZOR 87 87 115 319
DIOVAN HCT 87 71 115 75
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 86 83 117 264
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 86 71 117 64
LOVAZA 86 71 117 183
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 84 81 120 154
INSULIN SYRINGE 84 66 120 80
PREMARIN 82 67 R 122 110
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 82 55 122 117
LOVASTATIN 81 64 124 47
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 81 80 124 214
VERAPAMIL ER 81 70 124 78
LEXAPRO 80 73 127 219
COLCRYS 79 74 128 131
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 78 75 129 121
SUCRALFATE 78 77 129 149
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 75 129 95
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 77 67 132 88
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 76 75 133 249
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 76 66 133 247
SPIRIVA 76 68 133 72
CEPHALEXIN 75 58 136 105
VYTORIN 73 54 137 206
RAMIPRIL 73 61 137 70
SPIRONOLACTONE 73 67 137 53
BUPROPION HCL SR 71 60 140 193
FINASTERIDE 71 71 140 150
ABILIFY 69 45 142 197
ANTARA 69 47 142 402
PEN NEEDLE 69 47 142 136
HUMALOG 68 61 145 192
LIDODERM 66 62 146 224
ESTRADIOL 66 49 R 146 122
DEXILANT 66 44 146 247
ENDOCET 65 57 S2 149 129
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 65 65 149 179
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 65 57 149 120
NYSTATIN 64 58 152 203
VENTOLIN HFA 64 57 152 91
DILTIAZEM ER 63 45 154 134
BENAZEPRIL HCL 62 59 155 59
TERAZOSIN HCL 62 41 155 160
AVODART 62 62 155 255
LIDOCAINE HCL 61 61 158 413
ACTOS 61 61 158 144
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 58 52 160 148
ONDANSETRON HCL 58 31 160 234
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 58 53 160 237
KETOCONAZOLE 58 39 160 285
LANSOPRAZOLE 57 57 164 184
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 57 53 164 143
PRIMIDONE 54 54 166 199
CILOSTAZOL 53 53 167 229
KLOR-CON 8 52 51 168 194
METHIMAZOLE 52 52 168 358
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 49 R 168 161
AMOXICILLIN 52 44 168 99
VENLAFAXINE HCL 52 44 168 226
AMIODARONE HCL 51 51 173 139
METHADONE HCL 51 29 S2 173 127
CARBAMAZEPINE 50 37 175 257
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 Oct. 7, 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.