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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,572Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 51 out of 336

$916K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 336

576 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

11% of this provider’s 576 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 576 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 13,622 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 935 736 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 596 528 2 4
BENAZEPRIL HCL 510 412 3 59
LISINOPRIL 491 396 4 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 489 392 5 10
OMEPRAZOLE 462 373 6 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 451 402 7 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 451 266 S3 7 2
CARVEDILOL 450 377 9 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 430 367 10 17
SIMVASTATIN 348 299 11 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 323 273 12 15
METFORMIN HCL ER 321 213 13 61
GABAPENTIN 318 248 14 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 316 286 15 22
SERTRALINE HCL 315 221 16 33
LOVASTATIN 263 185 17 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 250 217 18 14
GLIMEPIRIDE 211 169 19 29
METFORMIN HCL 210 151 20 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 147 21 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 170 166 22 9
TRAMADOL HCL 167 146 23 20
NEXIUM 154 124 24 24
CHLORTHALIDONE 151 136 25 111
LEVEMIR 147 108 26 149
SPIRONOLACTONE 140 113 27 42
SYNTHROID 133 99 28 43
FLUOXETINE HCL 132 74 29 81
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 130 67 S2 30 136
NIASPAN 128 127 31 139
FENOFIBRATE 120 114 32 72
ALLOPURINOL 119 91 33 30
CRESTOR 113 109 34 25
NAMENDA 110 110 35 39
RAMIPRIL 110 88 35 84
BYSTOLIC 109 68 37 79
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 107 44 S2 38 191
DONEPEZIL HCL 104 97 39 27
FENTANYL 103 61 S2 40 120
TRAZODONE HCL 103 89 40 46
AMIODARONE HCL 102 95 42 117
ZETIA 98 96 43 74
CITALOPRAM HBR 97 72 44 21
QUINAPRIL HCL 93 49 45 107
KLOR-CON M20 93 62 45 51
CARISOPRODOL 92 27 R 47 63
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 87 62 48 16
COLESTIPOL HCL 85 58 49 335
IRBESARTAN 82 60 50 213
BENICAR 80 79 51 112
FAMOTIDINE 79 50 52 73
JANUVIA 78 30 53 67
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 78 59 53 18
PAROXETINE HCL 78 70 53 64
DEXILANT 76 54 56 147
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 76 37 R 56 57
CLOPIDOGREL 74 64 58 28
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 73 45 59 100
FELODIPINE ER 73 60 59 171
MELOXICAM 72 46 61 19
NOVOLOG 66 63 62 135
LOVAZA 65 28 63 157
COLCRYS 64 47 64 103
TRICOR 64 41 64 108
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 53 64 55
EXELON 63 63 67 154
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 62 68 126
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 40 68 38
RANITIDINE HCL 60 43 70 36
DIGOXIN 57 57 71 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 57 50 71 69
PREDNISONE 57 57 71 48
PROMETHAZINE HCL 56 33 R 74 99
DIOVAN 53 42 75 31
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 53 40 S2 75 182
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 53 75 54
MECLIZINE HCL 52 52 78 96
VENLAFAXINE HCL 52 30 78 261
BUSPIRONE HCL 51 43 80 113
OXYCONTIN 51 26 S2 80 248
MICARDIS 50 48 82 317
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. 18, 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.