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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,106Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 127 out of 780

$734K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 146 out of 780

483 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
72% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 483 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,009 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
SIMVASTATIN 759 617 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 525 335 S3 2 1
GLIMEPIRIDE 492 368 3 30
METFORMIN HCL 439 292 4 8
OMEPRAZOLE 433 282 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 431 356 6 4
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 426 298 7 26
NAPROXEN SODIUM 400 282 10 8 221
LISINOPRIL 356 251 9 6
CARVEDILOL 351 272 10 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 319 227 11 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 297 208 12 10
FUROSEMIDE 264 231 13 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 261 239 14 11
FAMOTIDINE 251 208 15 86
CITALOPRAM HBR 242 143 16 23
TORSEMIDE 224 182 17 114
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 220 182 18 12
CEFUROXIME 218 157 19 147
GABAPENTIN 217 153 20 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 210 187 21 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 179 68 22 79
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 177 153 23 37
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 168 86 24 119
MIRTAZAPINE 163 127 25 58
NEXIUM 156 120 26 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 155 145 27 31
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 154 102 28 41
COLCRYS 145 139 29 131
DIOVAN HCT 144 118 30 75
CLONIDINE HCL 140 97 31 28
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 137 80 R 32 42
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 134 117 33 97
NAMENDA 134 134 33 46
ACTOS 133 63 35 144
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 130 83 36 17
CRESTOR 129 87 37 32
TRAZODONE HCL 123 76 38 35
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 120 107 39 60
CLOPIDOGREL 114 105 40 34
RISPERIDONE 111 88 41 98
LANTUS 107 92 42 71
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 105 75 43 166
ATENOLOL 100 72 44 21
PREDNISONE 99 92 45 40
WARFARIN SODIUM 97 86 46 24
PROAIR HFA 96 74 47 62
DIOVAN 93 80 48 55
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 91 89 49 20
HYDRALAZINE HCL 91 63 49 54
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 90 18 51 128
NABUMETONE 88 71 52 171
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 86 69 53 179
MEGESTROL ACETATE 84 70 R 54 161
PLAVIX 83 76 55 45
RAMIPRIL 75 65 56 70
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 72 44 57 9
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 70 31 R 58 267
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 68 47 59 102
ESTRADIOL 66 65 R 60 122
MECLIZINE HCL 65 60 61 83
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 47 62 68
SPIRIVA 60 57 63 72
PROMETHAZINE HCL 60 31 R 63 66
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 58 65 53
KLOR-CON 10 59 30 65 90
IBUPROFEN 59 35 65 93
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 47 68 81
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 56 69 44
DRONABINOL 55 51 70 368
LEVEMIR 55 43 70 198
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 46 72 95
BYSTOLIC 53 53 73 118
PROPYLTHIOURACIL 53 53 73 436
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 49 R 75 48
MELOXICAM 51 34 75 16
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 50 77 138
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 50 39 77 25
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 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.