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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,215Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 36 out of 780

$1.27M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 780

809 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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

11% of this provider’s 809 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 809 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 17,239 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 1,810 1,147 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 941 717 2 3
BENAZEPRIL HCL 739 611 3 59
SIMVASTATIN 686 514 4 2
METFORMIN HCL 656 430 5 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 633 496 6 9
FUROSEMIDE 603 453 7 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 573 385 8 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 529 412 9 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 524 341 10 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 509 404 11 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 501 382 12 11
TRAMADOL HCL 497 365 13 15
ATENOLOL 489 436 14 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 425 336 15 18
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 425 291 15 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 417 234 17 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 380 280 18 37
WARFARIN SODIUM 351 268 19 24
METHADONE HCL 289 52 S2 20 127
CLONIDINE HCL 277 175 21 28
RANITIDINE HCL 253 175 22 39
ALLOPURINOL 251 169 23 29
PREDNISONE 234 176 24 40
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 233 204 25 44
GABAPENTIN 225 162 26 13
AZITHROMYCIN 219 138 27 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 215 164 28 30
SERTRALINE HCL 214 166 29 27
CLOPIDOGREL 211 175 30 34
NEXIUM 191 108 31 22
TRAZODONE HCL 190 129 32 35
CARVEDILOL 187 128 33 14
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 186 102 34 81
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 156 125 35 50
MIRTAZAPINE 154 137 36 58
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 153 69 R 37 42
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 152 93 38 137
FENOFIBRATE 149 110 39 63
PROAIR HFA 146 87 40 62
PLAVIX 142 117 41 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 141 92 42 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 141 103 42 36
SPIRIVA 139 91 44 72
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 138 116 45 60
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 108 46 10
HUMULIN 70-30 129 73 47 106
IBUPROFEN 128 78 48 93
ENDOCET 127 67 S2 49 129
FLUOXETINE HCL 123 63 50 65
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 123 83 R 50 48
VENTOLIN HFA 120 60 52 91
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 107 44 53 41
INSULIN SYRINGE 105 61 54 80
ACTOS 104 67 55 144
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 98 73 56 102
TIZANIDINE HCL 97 30 57 82
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 97 67 57 79
CARISOPRODOL 96 46 R 59 67
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 96 88 59 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 94 68 61 76
LISINOPRIL 92 56 62 6
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 78 63 33
PROMETHAZINE HCL 85 25 R 64 66
NAMENDA 82 80 65 46
KLOR-CON 10 82 66 65 90
LOVASTATIN 82 55 65 47
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 82 62 65 124
DONEPEZIL HCL 82 82 65 31
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 46 70 188
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 80 64 71 88
MECLIZINE HCL 79 65 72 83
CYMBALTA 78 18 73 51
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 75 58 74 154
HYDRALAZINE HCL 75 66 74 54
MELOXICAM 73 51 76 16
PREMARIN 70 32 R 77 110
METHOCARBAMOL 68 20 R 78 84
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 38 79 87
DIGOXIN 66 49 80 56
XARELTO 64 59 81 335
CEFDINIR 61 39 82 180
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 37 83 68
AMIODARONE HCL 59 54 84 139
SYNTHROID 59 33 84 77
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 48 86 49
PAROXETINE HCL 56 20 87 69
SEROQUEL 53 17 88 172
ONGLYZA 52 33 89 232
FENTANYL 52 29 S2 89 107
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 27 89 117
LYRICA 51 39 92 52
SINGULAIR 51 35 92 73
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 50 37 94 179
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 11, 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.