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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,292Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 163 out of 252

$315K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 158 out of 252

162 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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 Arkansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 162 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,083 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 Arkansas
FUROSEMIDE 209 161 1 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 178 161 2 28
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 168 128 3 1
SIMVASTATIN 166 130 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 160 115 5 4
SERTRALINE HCL 145 116 6 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 136 87 S3 7 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 134 132 8 14
LISINOPRIL 117 84 9 3
GABAPENTIN 101 61 10 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 93 78 11 40
LANTUS 93 82 11 55
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 82 66 13 10
RISPERIDONE 81 43 14 81
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 79 64 15 77
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 68 68 16 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 53 17 13
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 65 55 18 32
METFORMIN HCL 61 38 19 9
NAMENDA 60 60 20 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 53 20 63
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 56 55 22 170
DIOVAN 55 43 23 38
TAMSULOSIN HCL 53 42 24 26
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.