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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,558Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 105 out of 336

$702K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 91 out of 336

593 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

7% of this provider’s 593 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 593 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,601 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
FUROSEMIDE 465 358 1 4
METFORMIN HCL 448 343 2 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 395 313 3 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 346 281 4 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 330 218 5 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 329 205 S3 6 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 260 215 7 9
OMEPRAZOLE 249 166 8 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 220 187 9 7
CARVEDILOL 204 172 10 13
CLONIDINE HCL 195 131 11 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 177 136 12 15
GLIMEPIRIDE 175 134 13 29
ATENOLOL 171 119 14 26
NAMENDA 169 166 15 39
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157 105 16 23
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 107 17 207
NEXIUM 148 138 18 24
CLOPIDOGREL 146 120 19 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 142 108 20 12
DIOVAN 141 117 21 31
DONEPEZIL HCL 139 132 22 27
PLAVIX 135 107 23 37
SIMVASTATIN 133 116 24 5
GABAPENTIN 130 95 25 11
SERTRALINE HCL 130 107 25 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 118 105 27 17
KLOR-CON M20 117 79 28 51
LISINOPRIL 114 72 29 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 111 99 30 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 108 93 31 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 108 92 31 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 104 94 33 68
RANITIDINE HCL 99 77 34 36
DIGOXIN 94 91 35 50
LANTUS 91 51 36 56
BENAZEPRIL HCL 89 84 37 59
MELOXICAM 87 69 38 19
LIPITOR 85 56 39 62
DIOVAN HCT 81 40 40 41
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 81 71 40 69
GLYBURIDE 80 59 R 42 76
VERAPAMIL ER 78 60 43 95
CRESTOR 76 67 44 25
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 73 54 45 86
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 73 69 45 54
RAMIPRIL 73 61 45 84
TRAMADOL HCL 67 49 48 20
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 46 49 60
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 49 50 44
PROMETHAZINE HCL 64 23 R 51 99
PREDNISONE 63 51 52 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 49 53 40
NIFEDIPINE ER 61 53 54 87
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 61 19 S2 54 182
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61 43 54 89
LEVEMIR 60 43 57 149
DILTIAZEM ER 59 59 58 138
LYRICA 57 31 59 70
CYMBALTA 56 38 60 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 55 51 61 38
INSULIN SYRINGE 52 25 62 102
PAROXETINE HCL 52 47 62 64
GLIPIZIDE ER 52 50 62 91
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 19 S2 65 136
TRAZODONE HCL 50 46 66 46
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 June 15, 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.