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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,754Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 780

$1.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 780

528 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 528 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

46% of this provider’s 528 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 13,534 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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 1,525 768 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 632 349 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 547 352 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 490 326 4 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 448 324 5 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 417 167 6 17
RANITIDINE HCL 394 238 7 39
CARVEDILOL 390 253 8 14
SIMVASTATIN 386 285 9 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 380 246 10 4
GABAPENTIN 373 256 11 13
METFORMIN HCL 357 253 12 8
LISINOPRIL 340 230 13 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 318 203 14 9
CARISOPRODOL 306 44 R 15 67
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 284 176 16 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 280 213 17 24
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 274 186 18 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 272 118 19 25
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 270 185 20 37
FENTANYL 267 59 S2 21 107
TRAZODONE HCL 250 97 22 35
ROPINIROLE HCL 237 118 23 87
MIRTAZAPINE 235 196 24 58
METHOCARBAMOL 234 72 R 25 84
SERTRALINE HCL 231 116 26 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 221 185 27 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 199 198 28 31
CLONIDINE HCL 197 142 29 28
LYRICA 194 77 30 52
ATENOLOL 191 129 31 21
TRAMADOL HCL 191 91 31 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 189 140 33 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 179 156 34 30
PROMETHAZINE HCL 179 44 R 34 66
DIGOXIN 174 161 36 56
CYMBALTA 171 85 37 51
NAMENDA 168 168 38 46
FENOFIBRATE 164 85 39 63
CLOPIDOGREL 163 86 40 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 155 89 R 41 42
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 123 42 36
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 152 83 43 41
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 105 44 26
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 145 66 45 103
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 144 82 46 64
ALLOPURINOL 142 116 47 29
PREDNISONE 139 97 48 40
VENTOLIN HFA 137 40 49 91
NEXIUM 131 79 50 22
PLAVIX 131 84 50 45
MELOXICAM 127 55 52 16
ADVAIR DISKUS 126 45 53 68
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 124 69 54 81
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 83 55 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 119 63 56 20
SYMBICORT 116 56 57 181
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 106 53 58 49
SINGULAIR 103 64 59 73
JANUVIA 100 64 60 85
LEVOFLOXACIN 99 50 61 76
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 98 83 R 62 48
TIZANIDINE HCL 98 25 62 82
GLIPIZIDE 96 71 64 74
DIOVAN 92 77 65 55
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 91 69 66 79
RISPERIDONE 90 84 67 98
SPIRONOLACTONE 89 58 68 53
NATEGLINIDE 88 51 69 283
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 87 41 70 120
JANUMET 85 46 71 208
RAMIPRIL 84 58 72 70
HYDROXYZINE HCL 83 47 R 73 155
CEFUROXIME 82 39 74 147
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 81 26 R 75 235
BYSTOLIC 79 50 76 118
COMBIVENT 76 38 77 189
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 54 78 61
DIOVAN HCT 74 49 79 75
NAPROXEN 74 41 79 100
IBUPROFEN 71 19 81 93
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 71 40 81 117
SPIRIVA 71 24 81 72
FAMOTIDINE 70 57 84 86
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 68 48 85 154
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 67 54 86 128
OXYCODONE HCL 66 0 S2 87 123
ACTOS 65 43 88 144
DILTIAZEM ER 64 63 89 134
ENDOCET 62 0 S2 90 129
CEPHALEXIN 61 25 91 105
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 61 33 91 185
AVODART 60 52 93 255
ABILIFY 60 37 93 197
PAROXETINE HCL 60 12 93 69
SEROQUEL 59 40 96 172
LAMOTRIGINE 58 47 97 205
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 56 46 98 119
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 31 98 88
PROPRANOLOL HCL 56 34 98 133
BUSPIRONE HCL 56 36 98 125
MECLIZINE HCL 55 38 102 83
DETROL LA 55 42 102 215
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 53 41 104 169
VOLTAREN 51 25 105 297
HUMALOG 51 14 105 192
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.