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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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41,527Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 780

$2.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 780

919 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

29% of this provider’s 919 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 919 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 21,700 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

45 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 2,061 939 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 1,445 849 2 2
METFORMIN HCL 1,204 611 3 8
OMEPRAZOLE 1,067 639 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,048 682 5 5
SPIRONOLACTONE 922 471 10 6 53
LISINOPRIL 892 509 7 6
GABAPENTIN 756 362 8 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 743 417 9 25
CARVEDILOL 691 495 10 14
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 642 335 11 26
FUROSEMIDE 569 332 12 7
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 555 367 13 18
TRAZODONE HCL 505 255 14 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 505 253 14 23
TIZANIDINE HCL 498 152 16 82
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 468 191 17 17
CRESTOR 462 264 18 32
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 462 44 S2 18 201
SERTRALINE HCL 407 256 20 27
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 405 194 21 92
WARFARIN SODIUM 393 263 22 24
NEXIUM 393 191 22 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 388 200 24 19
CLONIDINE HCL 380 211 25 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 369 219 26 9
TRAMADOL HCL 369 198 26 15
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 365 148 R 28 48
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 345 211 29 11
AZITHROMYCIN 343 179 30 38
ENDOCET 330 144 S2 31 129
MIRTAZAPINE 328 278 32 58
GLIMEPIRIDE 324 167 33 30
RANITIDINE HCL 317 194 34 39
PROMETHAZINE HCL 305 97 R 35 66
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 299 231 36 4
TOPIRAMATE 290 51 37 145
DOXEPIN HCL 286 118 38 170
AMOXICILLIN 279 106 39 99
FLUOXETINE HCL 267 149 40 65
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 264 144 41 33
CLOPIDOGREL 264 175 41 34
OLANZAPINE 262 116 43 191
TAMSULOSIN HCL 261 162 44 36
JANUVIA 254 144 45 85
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 251 94 S2 46 146
LAMOTRIGINE 248 40 47 205
SYNTHROID 233 123 48 77
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 227 184 49 44
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 223 70 50 296
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 220 164 51 12
PRIMIDONE 209 103 52 199
NIASPAN 206 140 53 167
CYMBALTA 203 54 54 51
PLAVIX 199 133 55 45
MELOXICAM 193 96 56 16
PROPRANOLOL HCL 189 92 57 133
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 187 126 58 20
OXYCODONE HCL 187 54 S2 58 123
DIOVAN 180 111 60 55
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 179 32 R 61 42
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 179 68 61 121
DONEPEZIL HCL 173 156 63 31
LEVETIRACETAM 172 101 64 130
FLUCONAZOLE 164 44 65 111
PEN NEEDLE 161 55 66 136
LITHIUM CARBONATE 157 36 67 302
CHLORTHALIDONE 157 85 67 142
TERBINAFINE HCL 153 90 69 349
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 153 131 69 97
AMILORIDE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 153 121 10 69 309
PRISTIQ ER 153 55 69 290
ALLOPURINOL 151 124 73 29
ACTOS 151 102 73 144
DIGOXIN 150 135 75 56
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 149 77 S2 76 187
METHOCARBAMOL 149 59 R 76 84
LEVOFLOXACIN 148 92 78 76
ESTRADIOL 148 33 R 78 122
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 146 115 80 10
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 146 86 80 103
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 144 73 82 88
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 143 67 83 102
ATENOLOL 143 81 83 21
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 141 78 85 49
LYRICA 138 45 86 52
COLESTIPOL HCL 138 78 86 273
BUPROPION HCL SR 132 64 88 193
ROPINIROLE HCL 131 34 89 87
PAROXETINE HCL 130 56 90 69
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 129 79 R 91 267
IMIPRAMINE HCL 127 56 R 92 310
KLOR-CON M20 125 78 93 57
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 124 48 94 41
SINGULAIR 122 46 95 73
MECLIZINE HCL 120 93 96 83
PROAIR HFA 115 66 97 62
VENTOLIN HFA 113 43 98 91
LANTUS 113 44 98 71
NABUMETONE 108 54 100 171
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 108 48 100 79
HYDRALAZINE HCL 107 82 102 54
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 107 50 102 81
METOLAZONE 107 77 102 195
LOVASTATIN 104 65 105 47
DILTIAZEM HCL 103 64 106 230
METHADONE HCL 103 19 S2 106 127
CEPHALEXIN 103 57 106 105
FENTANYL 101 18 S2 109 107
BUSPIRONE HCL 98 46 110 125
PREDNISONE 92 58 111 40
PREMARIN 92 59 R 111 110
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 92 90 111 50
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 87 64 114 185
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 86 65 115 37
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 85 49 S2 116 141
CEFUROXIME 83 30 117 147
NAMENDA 83 80 117 46
IBUPROFEN 82 29 119 93
ONGLYZA 81 74 120 232
SYMBICORT 81 19 120 181
VESICARE 80 51 122 186
LIDODERM 80 34 122 224
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 79 28 124 211
INSULIN SYRINGE 78 49 125 80
SPIRIVA 78 49 125 72
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 77 30 127 250
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 77 35 127 120
EVISTA 76 76 129 151
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 63 130 61
CELEBREX 75 32 130 89
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 75 54 130 179
DICYCLOMINE HCL 73 34 133 213
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 72 36 134 119
DEXTROAMPHETAMINE-AMPHETAMINE 72 0 S2 134 395
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 71 37 136 270
NYSTATIN 69 34 137 203
BYETTA 69 0 137 344
ADVAIR DISKUS 69 27 137 68
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 68 32 140 169
DIOVAN HCT 68 36 140 75
DEXILANT 67 22 142 247
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 67 36 142 124
BUMETANIDE 67 28 142 96
VERAPAMIL ER 66 33 145 78
ABILIFY 64 35 146 197
JANUMET 62 34 147 208
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 50 148 59
SEROQUEL XR 59 20 149 277
VOLTAREN 59 35 149 297
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 59 21 149 137
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 57 26 152 135
HUMALOG 56 14 153 192
METRONIDAZOLE 55 22 154 298
OXYCONTIN 53 13 S2 155 165
DILTIAZEM ER 53 40 155 134
HUMALOG MIX 50-50 53 36 155 436
ZETIA 52 31 158 94
COLCRYS 51 23 159 131
CARISOPRODOL 51 17 R 159 67
NAPROXEN 50 0 161 100
SUCRALFATE 50 31 161 149
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.