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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,536Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 44 out of 780

$1.12M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 48 out of 780

801 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

6% of this provider’s 801 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 801 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,248 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$48 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
LISINOPRIL 952 775 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 862 726 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 818 718 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 807 685 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 797 663 5 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 779 669 S3 6 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 698 605 7 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 681 636 8 5
TRAMADOL HCL 548 479 9 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 538 473 10 37
WARFARIN SODIUM 489 397 11 24
ATENOLOL 472 385 12 21
METFORMIN HCL 442 319 13 8
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 370 364 14 79
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 365 322 15 18
GABAPENTIN 341 284 16 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 337 310 17 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 315 283 18 12
SERTRALINE HCL 314 271 19 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 272 230 20 23
SPIRONOLACTONE 253 221 21 53
NOVOLIN 70-30 236 211 22 164
DONEPEZIL HCL 235 219 23 31
GLIMEPIRIDE 228 189 24 30
TAMSULOSIN HCL 224 193 25 36
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 210 168 26 9
ALLOPURINOL 208 189 27 29
FENTANYL 205 183 S2 28 107
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 201 201 29 60
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 198 185 30 19
CLOPIDOGREL 194 175 31 34
DIOVAN 193 176 32 55
FAMOTIDINE 186 181 33 86
KLOR-CON M10 177 157 34 168
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 171 158 35 61
MIRTAZAPINE 165 146 36 58
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 154 37 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 154 133 38 25
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 151 140 39 81
CARVEDILOL 149 131 40 14
GLYBURIDE 143 143 R 41 101
ROPINIROLE HCL 132 111 42 87
PLAVIX 130 123 43 45
NAMENDA 127 126 44 46
LANTUS 124 94 45 71
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 123 123 46 44
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 121 116 47 163
LOVASTATIN 120 110 48 47
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 117 90 49 41
DIGOXIN 116 115 50 56
TRAZODONE HCL 114 102 51 35
KLOR-CON 10 111 94 52 90
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 111 107 52 112
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 106 94 54 138
JANUVIA 105 97 55 85
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 101 90 56 143
FLUOXETINE HCL 101 84 56 65
SINGULAIR 99 87 58 73
INSULIN SYRINGE 98 85 59 80
CYMBALTA 95 61 60 51
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 92 65 61 97
MELOXICAM 89 72 62 16
CLONIDINE HCL 86 86 63 28
PREDNISONE 85 63 64 40
HUMULIN 70-30 84 62 65 106
CRESTOR 81 72 66 32
COMBIGAN 80 69 67 387
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 79 68 68 247
AMIODARONE HCL 77 72 69 139
PROAIR HFA 76 63 70 62
FLOVENT HFA 75 60 71 300
KETOCONAZOLE 70 66 72 285
KLOR-CON M20 70 51 72 57
LABETALOL HCL 69 56 74 159
PAROXETINE HCL 69 54 74 69
LIPITOR 68 67 76 175
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 68 44 76 148
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 67 60 78 120
BUSPIRONE HCL 67 58 78 125
VENTOLIN HFA 64 33 80 91
SPIRIVA 64 42 80 72
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 63 60 82 50
TORSEMIDE 62 61 83 114
RISPERIDONE 62 60 83 98
LATANOPROST 62 62 83 287
RANITIDINE HCL 62 59 83 39
HYDRALAZINE HCL 60 46 87 54
ZETIA 60 56 87 94
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 60 49 87 119
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 55 90 68
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 44 R 91 48
FELODIPINE ER 55 54 92 126
LYRICA 55 46 92 52
LEVETIRACETAM 54 18 94 130
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 29 95 59
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 41 95 64
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 51 42 97 103
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 51 45 97 169
NEXIUM 50 29 99 22
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 50 38 99 117
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 Jan. 7, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.