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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,125Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 126 out of 780

$676K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 179 out of 780

536 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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

3% of this provider’s 536 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 536 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,580 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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
SIMVASTATIN 703 637 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 601 488 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 567 513 3 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 520 445 4 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 484 440 5 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 411 350 6 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 383 323 7 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 378 287 8 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 367 326 9 23
LISINOPRIL 356 319 10 6
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 353 325 11 20
LOVASTATIN 353 316 11 47
FUROSEMIDE 350 318 13 7
METFORMIN HCL 341 231 14 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 321 307 15 10
TRAMADOL HCL 290 237 16 15
CARVEDILOL 263 233 17 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 257 237 18 24
GABAPENTIN 234 211 19 13
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 219 201 20 33
NEXIUM 213 173 21 22
MELOXICAM 209 128 22 16
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 201 188 23 44
ATENOLOL 189 184 24 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 184 134 25 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 182 141 26 19
RANITIDINE HCL 168 153 27 39
GLIMEPIRIDE 166 101 28 30
PAROXETINE HCL 149 119 29 69
DIGOXIN 136 132 30 56
CLONIDINE HCL 132 117 31 28
NAMENDA 126 126 32 46
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 116 86 33 37
COLCRYS 114 108 34 131
FELODIPINE ER 112 112 35 126
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 105 82 36 25
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 98 79 37 162
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 92 72 38 64
ZETIA 91 62 39 94
SYNTHROID 84 83 40 77
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 84 81 40 79
CELEBREX 83 75 42 89
HYDRALAZINE HCL 82 77 43 54
PREDNISONE 78 68 44 40
FLUOXETINE HCL 78 69 44 65
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 77 72 46 61
KLOR-CON M20 76 52 47 57
KLOR-CON 10 73 56 48 90
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 48 48 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 44 50 68
LANSOPRAZOLE 70 58 51 184
HUMULIN 70-30 67 55 52 106
PRADAXA 66 58 53 255
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 65 48 54 103
INSULIN SYRINGE 65 37 54 80
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 62 55 56 138
GEMFIBROZIL 61 33 57 104
CEFUROXIME 61 52 57 147
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 60 51 59 92
DIOVAN 60 49 59 55
KLOR-CON M10 59 51 61 168
TORSEMIDE 58 46 62 114
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 58 54 62 60
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 46 62 43
ALLOPURINOL 57 57 65 29
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 57 50 65 97
CLOPIDOGREL 54 53 67 34
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 45 67 50
SERTRALINE HCL 50 35 69 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 50 50 69 36
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.