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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,058Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 25 out of 780

$1.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 27 out of 780

932 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
90%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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

7% of this provider’s 932 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 932 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 24,274 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 1,214 1,144 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 922 879 2 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 809 754 3 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 785 688 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 752 577 S3 5 1
FUROSEMIDE 635 601 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 604 539 7 3
LISINOPRIL 593 560 8 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 566 531 9 12
MELOXICAM 500 456 10 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 497 491 11 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 491 467 12 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 475 462 13 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 446 396 14 18
TRAZODONE HCL 433 386 15 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 383 342 16 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 360 346 17 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 350 286 18 17
TRAMADOL HCL 325 319 19 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 321 278 20 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 319 249 21 20
NEXIUM 313 285 22 22
METFORMIN HCL ER 312 265 23 43
ATENOLOL 310 283 24 21
NAMENDA 304 298 25 46
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 300 287 26 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 300 268 26 10
MIRTAZAPINE 274 274 28 58
SERTRALINE HCL 270 236 29 27
CARVEDILOL 224 208 30 14
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 221 195 31 41
GLIMEPIRIDE 220 177 32 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 210 198 33 36
GABAPENTIN 209 186 34 13
METFORMIN HCL 206 193 35 8
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 204 172 36 33
RISPERIDONE 188 183 37 98
CYMBALTA 187 159 38 51
ALLOPURINOL 174 147 39 29
AZITHROMYCIN 169 147 40 38
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 161 152 41 61
LYRICA 146 111 42 52
DIOVAN 143 143 43 55
LEVOFLOXACIN 136 126 44 76
SYNTHROID 136 124 44 77
CLOPIDOGREL 135 116 46 34
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 129 121 47 49
CRESTOR 125 103 48 32
SPIRONOLACTONE 125 101 48 53
BUPROPION XL 122 94 50 177
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 115 109 51 81
BENAZEPRIL HCL 113 102 52 59
LANTUS 112 103 53 71
PLAVIX 111 100 54 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 109 107 55 44
JANUVIA 108 105 56 85
FENOFIBRATE 107 99 57 63
DIGOXIN 106 103 58 56
CLONIDINE HCL 105 105 59 28
NOVOLOG 103 95 60 158
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 74 61 26
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 101 89 62 88
RAMIPRIL 100 100 63 70
EXELON 96 96 64 132
SINGULAIR 95 85 65 73
DILTIAZEM ER 94 78 66 134
FINASTERIDE 86 68 67 150
METHOCARBAMOL 84 79 R 68 84
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 84 84 68 50
PAROXETINE HCL 83 55 70 69
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 77 71 68
IBANDRONATE SODIUM 80 76 72 331
LEVETIRACETAM 79 64 73 130
SPIRIVA 79 79 73 72
PREDNISONE 74 64 75 40
QUINAPRIL HCL 74 44 75 113
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 73 69 77 64
CELEBREX 72 61 78 89
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 72 63 78 92
PREMARIN 70 70 R 80 110
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 69 69 81 163
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 69 69 81 238
EVISTA 68 68 83 151
LIPITOR 67 67 84 175
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 51 84 65
LEXAPRO 65 62 86 219
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 65 64 86 143
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 63 63 88 79
PROMETHAZINE HCL 63 59 R 88 66
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 49 90 87
AMIODARONE HCL 60 60 91 139
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 59 55 92 120
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 55 93 133
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 56 31 94 128
MORPHINE SULFATE 55 30 S2 95 258
LOVASTATIN 55 47 95 47
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54 51 97 54
NIFEDIPINE ER 54 54 97 115
DETROL LA 53 53 99 215
FLUCONAZOLE 51 42 100 111
FENTANYL 51 51 S2 100 107
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 50 46 102 247
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 14, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.