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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,089Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 360 out of 780

$382K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 397 out of 780

308 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 308 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,432 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

26 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 321 279 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 319 302 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 300 234 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 299 264 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 286 259 5 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 264 143 S3 6 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 164 7 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 188 158 7 18
CARVEDILOL 149 147 9 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 146 79 10 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 145 121 11 19
CLOPIDOGREL 131 111 12 34
PREDNISONE 126 110 13 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 120 104 14 60
METFORMIN HCL 117 90 15 8
KLOR-CON 8 117 87 15 194
LISINOPRIL 101 89 17 6
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 100 90 18 25
TRAMADOL HCL 99 60 19 15
RANITIDINE HCL 96 85 20 39
HYDRALAZINE HCL 94 70 21 54
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 90 62 22 11
PLAVIX 89 77 23 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 85 77 24 12
NEXIUM 84 81 25 22
ATENOLOL 83 67 26 21
KLOR-CON M20 74 70 27 57
WARFARIN SODIUM 71 69 28 24
SINGULAIR 71 51 28 73
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 67 55 30 20
FLUCONAZOLE 64 26 31 111
CITALOPRAM HBR 63 46 32 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 59 33 31
ZETIA 58 48 34 94
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 57 35 44
CELEBREX 56 30 36 89
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 55 41 37 120
MELOXICAM 54 52 38 16
GABAPENTIN 52 22 39 13
GLIMEPIRIDE 50 39 40 30
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 April 16, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.