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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,828Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 116 out of 780

$783K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 130 out of 780

620 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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

10% of this provider’s 620 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 620 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 11,941 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 1,263 709 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 701 488 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 633 409 3 3
LISINOPRIL 508 320 4 6
METFORMIN HCL 485 343 5 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 458 385 6 11
FUROSEMIDE 429 355 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 402 290 8 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 344 250 9 5
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 325 195 10 26
TRAMADOL HCL 285 216 11 15
MELOXICAM 268 189 12 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 258 216 13 20
GABAPENTIN 239 177 14 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 208 124 15 19
SERTRALINE HCL 192 117 16 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 185 126 17 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 185 156 17 24
PREDNISONE 181 137 19 40
RANITIDINE HCL 170 135 20 39
GLIMEPIRIDE 170 122 20 30
TRAZODONE HCL 154 98 22 35
ATENOLOL 154 110 22 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 109 24 10
CARVEDILOL 132 102 25 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 130 70 26 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 129 100 27 12
ADVAIR DISKUS 118 76 28 68
SPIRIVA 118 92 28 72
TAMSULOSIN HCL 115 82 30 36
PROAIR HFA 115 78 30 62
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 111 50 32 37
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 110 106 33 60
CITALOPRAM HBR 103 55 34 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 102 74 35 65
GLYBURIDE 99 70 R 36 101
LEVOFLOXACIN 98 74 37 76
VERAPAMIL ER 96 70 38 78
TERAZOSIN HCL 96 92 38 160
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95 66 40 25
HUMULIN 70-30 94 76 41 106
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 93 74 42 44
INSULIN SYRINGE 93 66 42 80
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 93 82 42 18
NEXIUM 87 55 45 22
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 71 46 33
VENTOLIN HFA 85 47 47 91
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 85 85 47 214
CRESTOR 77 37 49 32
PAROXETINE HCL 76 55 50 69
CYMBALTA 75 59 51 51
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 75 47 51 88
PLAVIX 75 63 51 45
ALLOPURINOL 73 53 54 29
BUMETANIDE 73 61 54 96
CLOPIDOGREL 72 61 56 34
FENOFIBRATE 71 40 57 63
FENTANYL 71 57 S2 57 107
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 71 38 R 57 48
GLIPIZIDE 71 71 57 74
CEFUROXIME 70 41 61 147
DIGOXIN 69 53 62 56
CLONIDINE HCL 68 40 63 28
NAPROXEN 67 36 64 100
LYRICA 64 33 65 52
METHOCARBAMOL 63 27 R 66 84
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 62 52 67 64
NOVOLIN 70-30 59 28 68 164
SINGULAIR 59 56 68 73
MIRTAZAPINE 58 52 70 58
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 57 47 71 163
BYSTOLIC 56 50 72 118
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 56 22 R 72 42
LOVASTATIN 56 49 72 47
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 39 75 87
IBUPROFEN 53 38 76 93
PREMARIN 52 50 R 77 110
DONEPEZIL HCL 52 52 77 31
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 26 S2 79 146
SPIRONOLACTONE 50 50 80 53
DIOVAN 50 50 80 55
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 Nov. 15, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.