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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,577Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 116 out of 336

$487K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 151 out of 336

283 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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 Mississippi
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 283 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 283 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 9,705 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 Mississippi
OMEPRAZOLE 464 422 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 459 416 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 391 363 3 4
METFORMIN HCL 331 246 4 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 320 282 5 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 316 257 6 9
LISINOPRIL 291 239 7 6
SIMVASTATIN 277 220 8 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 235 199 9 21
TRAMADOL HCL 232 189 10 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 220 180 11 15
GABAPENTIN 212 176 12 11
CARVEDILOL 191 166 13 13
NAMENDA 175 175 14 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 142 15 12
DONEPEZIL HCL 165 165 16 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 149 123 S3 17 2
TRAZODONE HCL 134 126 18 46
CLONIDINE HCL 126 114 19 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 120 120 20 17
DIGOXIN 118 109 21 50
MIRTAZAPINE 111 88 22 66
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 111 86 22 10
MELOXICAM 111 77 22 19
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 106 98 25 35
GLIMEPIRIDE 103 86 26 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 94 77 27 47
LANTUS 94 82 27 56
GEMFIBROZIL 88 57 29 115
NEXIUM 87 43 30 24
ATENOLOL 85 78 31 26
PAROXETINE HCL 83 77 32 64
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 61 33 23
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 81 81 34 68
KLOR-CON M20 80 80 35 51
DIOVAN 80 65 35 31
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 79 62 37 60
CYMBALTA 79 59 37 52
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 77 61 39 44
FAMOTIDINE 75 64 40 73
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 71 68 41 186
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 70 70 42 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 70 56 42 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 70 55 42 16
NOVOLIN 70-30 69 17 45 163
ALLOPURINOL 68 54 46 30
AZITHROMYCIN 66 51 47 58
FENTANYL 65 65 S2 48 120
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65 63 R 48 57
TIZANIDINE HCL 65 51 48 83
GLIPIZIDE 63 54 51 71
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 52 52 89
SERTRALINE HCL 61 55 53 33
COUMADIN 57 57 54 266
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 57 57 54 201
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 56 48 56 55
CEPHALEXIN 56 41 56 109
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 46 58 98
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 54 58 59
RANITIDINE HCL 53 31 60 36
EVISTA 52 52 61 106
LACTULOSE 51 47 62 143
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 Feb. 23, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.