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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,609Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 79 out of 780

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 51 out of 780

536 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

8% of this provider’s 536 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

34% of this provider’s 536 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 10,227 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 23%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

37 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 885 441 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 829 482 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 719 443 3 5
METFORMIN HCL 524 271 4 8
SIMVASTATIN 493 323 5 2
LISINOPRIL 486 325 6 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 451 212 7 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 438 234 8 20
FUROSEMIDE 395 232 9 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 376 219 10 9
NEXIUM 353 112 11 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 333 237 12 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 310 183 13 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 285 125 14 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 274 122 15 41
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 270 212 16 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223 145 17 33
ALLOPURINOL 215 121 18 29
PROMETHAZINE HCL 212 45 R 19 66
CRESTOR 210 140 20 32
CARVEDILOL 208 127 21 14
TRAZODONE HCL 204 102 22 35
MELOXICAM 202 99 23 16
GABAPENTIN 181 105 24 13
ATENOLOL 180 112 25 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 179 105 26 24
TRAMADOL HCL 174 76 27 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 92 28 10
CLONIDINE HCL 160 91 29 28
RANITIDINE HCL 157 105 30 39
LYRICA 146 56 31 52
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 144 59 32 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 144 65 32 76
CLOPIDOGREL 141 94 34 34
CYMBALTA 133 11 35 51
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 85 36 26
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 127 70 37 12
FLUCONAZOLE 125 37 38 111
TAMSULOSIN HCL 114 83 39 36
TOPIRAMATE 113 32 40 145
SERTRALINE HCL 112 75 41 27
FLUOXETINE HCL 112 54 41 65
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 110 39 R 43 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 102 37 44 50
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 73 45 95
PROAIR HFA 101 30 45 62
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 100 32 R 47 48
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 99 15 48 81
METHOCARBAMOL 97 38 R 49 84
ROPINIROLE HCL 93 32 50 87
AZITHROMYCIN 93 54 50 38
METFORMIN HCL ER 91 73 52 43
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 89 39 53 103
SINGULAIR 87 42 54 73
ONGLYZA 85 37 55 232
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 84 61 56 79
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 53 57 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 81 37 58 30
PLAVIX 81 55 58 45
SPIRONOLACTONE 79 54 60 53
BENAZEPRIL HCL 79 49 60 59
JANUVIA 76 56 62 85
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 74 18 63 61
SYMBICORT 71 27 64 181
TIZANIDINE HCL 70 11 65 82
KLOR-CON M10 69 41 66 168
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 69 35 66 120
CELEBREX 69 29 66 89
PREMARIN 68 28 R 69 110
FENTANYL 67 40 S2 70 107
VALACYCLOVIR 66 37 71 339
MECLIZINE HCL 64 39 72 83
BUSPIRONE HCL 64 21 72 125
LUNESTA 64 25 72 291
RAMIPRIL 64 28 72 70
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 63 57 76 143
DONEPEZIL HCL 62 60 77 31
VENTOLIN HFA 61 23 78 91
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 61 26 78 25
ESTRADIOL 60 39 R 80 122
HYDROXYZINE HCL 59 30 R 81 155
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 38 82 121
GEMFIBROZIL 58 14 82 104
SYNTHROID 57 52 84 77
NAMENDA 57 57 84 46
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 56 22 86 37
SEROQUEL 56 0 86 172
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 55 27 88 64
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 0 89 68
DETROL LA 50 23 90 215
KOMBIGLYZE XR 50 11 90 383
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 Aug. 4, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.