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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,158Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 780

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 45 out of 780

562 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
47%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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

29% of this provider’s 562 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

55% of this provider’s 562 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 11,562 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% 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

48 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 2,673 947 S3 1 1
CARISOPRODOL 1,259 273 R 2 67
OMEPRAZOLE 788 364 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 726 359 4 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 606 321 5 11
GABAPENTIN 597 144 6 13
FUROSEMIDE 571 315 7 7
BENAZEPRIL HCL 569 371 8 59
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 475 166 9 19
FAMOTIDINE 462 180 10 86
LISINOPRIL 459 158 11 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 406 230 12 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 371 183 13 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 370 207 14 23
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 364 221 15 5
OXYCODONE HCL 355 98 S2 16 123
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 343 78 R 17 48
PREDNISONE 335 120 18 40
PROMETHAZINE HCL 332 74 R 19 66
ENDOCET 318 39 S2 20 129
TRAMADOL HCL 292 112 21 15
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 284 110 22 92
WARFARIN SODIUM 283 208 23 24
CLONIDINE HCL 258 109 24 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 254 65 25 17
LYRICA 252 47 26 52
CARVEDILOL 246 132 27 14
PROAIR HFA 245 53 28 62
LOVASTATIN 243 111 29 47
NEXIUM 225 89 30 22
GLYBURIDE 223 135 R 31 101
OXYCONTIN 222 43 S2 32 165
CLOPIDOGREL 219 157 33 34
TIZANIDINE HCL 194 57 34 82
RANITIDINE HCL 194 84 34 39
MELOXICAM 194 68 34 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 189 135 37 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 184 78 38 44
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 178 70 39 49
NAPROXEN 176 49 40 100
METHADONE HCL 165 0 S2 41 127
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 163 31 R 42 42
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 161 31 S2 43 141
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 153 77 44 9
FENTANYL 150 65 S2 45 107
METFORMIN HCL 147 57 46 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 145 109 47 36
ALLOPURINOL 133 85 48 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 126 92 49 25
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 120 67 50 102
PLAVIX 118 95 51 45
ABILIFY 117 23 52 197
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 113 81 53 60
ROPINIROLE HCL 108 73 54 87
DIOVAN 106 66 55 55
AMIODARONE HCL 100 82 56 139
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 98 26 S2 57 146
CYMBALTA 97 0 58 51
KLOR-CON M20 97 54 58 57
ATENOLOL 96 35 60 21
VENTOLIN HFA 96 24 60 91
DIGOXIN 95 63 62 56
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 95 22 62 61
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 94 67 64 154
METHOCARBAMOL 94 43 R 64 84
CRESTOR 94 48 64 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 92 27 67 68
SERTRALINE HCL 91 21 68 27
PAROXETINE HCL 91 19 68 69
MECLIZINE HCL 90 46 70 83
AZITHROMYCIN 89 46 71 38
PREMARIN 87 54 R 72 110
TERAZOSIN HCL 85 53 73 160
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 85 25 73 128
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 84 55 75 12
TOPIRAMATE 83 16 76 145
FLUOXETINE HCL 82 12 77 65
TRAZODONE HCL 81 27 78 35
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 80 30 79 103
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 76 40 80 166
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 76 35 80 81
IBUPROFEN 74 31 82 93
NAMENDA 72 67 83 46
METOLAZONE 71 44 84 195
GEMFIBROZIL 71 31 84 104
METRONIDAZOLE 70 36 86 298
PROPRANOLOL HCL 69 26 87 133
QUINAPRIL HCL 68 53 88 113
TRICOR 67 32 89 152
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 64 34 90 249
DIOVAN HCT 63 30 91 75
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 32 92 41
CEPHALEXIN 60 31 92 105
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 58 13 94 148
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 38 95 169
ONDANSETRON HCL 57 45 95 234
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 0 97 26
INDOMETHACIN 55 13 R 98 261
FLUCONAZOLE 54 15 99 111
LACTULOSE 53 36 100 178
GLIMEPIRIDE 53 17 100 30
EXELON 51 51 102 132
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 51 0 102 301
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 24 104 88
CELEBREX 50 26 104 89
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 50 34 104 218
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 50 34 104 18
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.