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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,394Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 780

$1.45M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 780

789 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

18% of this provider’s 789 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

50% of this provider’s 789 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 19,000 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

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 2,892 1,556 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 1,218 795 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 959 606 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 841 622 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 755 551 5 7
GABAPENTIN 680 299 6 13
NEXIUM 644 343 7 22
WARFARIN SODIUM 568 464 8 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 561 391 9 11
METFORMIN HCL 558 371 10 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 535 422 11 4
ATENOLOL 437 278 12 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 385 287 13 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 379 276 14 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 376 165 15 17
AZITHROMYCIN 367 217 16 38
CARISOPRODOL 357 51 R 17 67
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 320 248 18 19
PROMETHAZINE HCL 301 83 R 19 66
AMOXICILLIN 299 173 20 99
NAMENDA 287 287 21 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 271 213 22 20
MELOXICAM 263 194 23 16
SIMVASTATIN 243 195 24 2
PAROXETINE HCL 243 127 24 69
OXYCODONE HCL 237 119 S2 26 123
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 235 178 27 10
CLOPIDOGREL 234 176 28 34
CARVEDILOL 221 165 29 14
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 219 146 30 25
FENTANYL 214 103 S2 31 107
TAMSULOSIN HCL 214 176 31 36
LYRICA 199 86 33 52
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 192 109 R 34 42
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 111 35 26
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 178 107 R 36 48
RANITIDINE HCL 174 89 37 39
ENDOCET 173 68 S2 38 129
CEPHALEXIN 170 91 39 105
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 168 113 40 9
ALLOPURINOL 162 114 41 29
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157 106 42 33
PLAVIX 154 116 43 45
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 150 84 44 88
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 148 97 45 12
CYMBALTA 146 67 46 51
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 143 52 47 61
EXELON 135 135 48 132
PROAIR HFA 135 81 48 62
DIGOXIN 134 102 50 56
PREDNISONE 134 67 50 40
TRAMADOL HCL 133 68 52 15
TRAZODONE HCL 133 101 52 35
SPIRIVA 132 91 54 72
SERTRALINE HCL 131 50 55 27
SPIRONOLACTONE 130 91 56 53
ROPINIROLE HCL 128 62 57 87
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 120 92 58 60
ADVAIR DISKUS 120 90 58 68
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 119 28 S2 60 141
DONEPEZIL HCL 118 116 61 31
PREMARIN 117 56 R 62 110
FLUCONAZOLE 116 68 63 111
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 115 78 64 154
FLUOXETINE HCL 115 48 64 65
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 114 65 66 79
PROPRANOLOL HCL 114 101 66 133
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 87 68 18
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 110 79 69 49
LANTUS 108 79 70 71
CELEBREX 105 49 71 89
GEMFIBROZIL 105 54 71 104
MEGESTROL ACETATE 104 96 R 73 161
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 103 56 74 81
LEVETIRACETAM 103 65 74 130
GLIPIZIDE 102 76 76 74
AMIODARONE HCL 101 81 77 139
VENTOLIN HFA 98 49 78 91
NAPROXEN 98 56 78 100
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 96 35 80 250
MECLIZINE HCL 95 86 81 83
SINGULAIR 90 52 82 73
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 90 45 82 135
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 90 53 S2 82 146
RISPERIDONE 89 59 85 98
SUCRALFATE 87 66 86 149
KLOR-CON 10 86 66 87 90
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 86 75 87 138
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 85 51 89 37
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 85 30 89 128
INSULIN SYRINGE 85 28 89 80
GLYBURIDE 83 61 R 92 101
CRESTOR 83 56 92 32
CLONIDINE HCL 81 69 94 28
DIOVAN 79 56 95 55
FENOFIBRATE 79 42 95 63
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 78 18 97 117
MIRTAZAPINE 75 56 98 58
LANSOPRAZOLE 75 73 98 184
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74 59 100 41
NITROSTAT 73 62 101 244
GLIPIZIDE XL 72 49 102 176
IBUPROFEN 72 38 102 93
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 68 41 104 103
QUINAPRIL HCL 66 37 105 113
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 66 35 105 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 66 57 105 44
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 65 56 108 185
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 65 42 108 182
TORSEMIDE 65 41 108 114
TIZANIDINE HCL 64 12 111 82
NOVOLOG 62 41 112 158
NITROFURANTOIN 62 54 112 235
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 62 29 112 120
LIPITOR 61 36 115 175
LEXAPRO 60 30 116 219
TRICOR 58 39 117 152
RAMIPRIL 55 32 118 70
PEN NEEDLE 55 19 118 136
METFORMIN HCL ER 55 32 118 43
SEROQUEL 54 25 121 172
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 26 122 121
MUPIROCIN 50 43 123 173
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 50 123 148
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 Sept. 26, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.