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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,163Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 53 out of 780

$1.17M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 37 out of 780

789 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
49% 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 789 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 789 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 14,346 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 1,562 746 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 658 513 2 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 573 423 3 9
FUROSEMIDE 557 369 4 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 551 322 5 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 525 387 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 513 354 7 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 481 276 8 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 448 311 9 10
LISINOPRIL 432 314 10 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 431 336 11 26
TRAMADOL HCL 348 209 12 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 337 207 13 20
METFORMIN HCL ER 325 253 14 43
SIMVASTATIN 313 203 15 2
CLONIDINE HCL 308 179 16 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 276 268 17 44
MELOXICAM 254 192 18 16
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 252 150 19 49
RAMIPRIL 242 157 20 70
VERAPAMIL ER 235 159 21 78
GABAPENTIN 199 137 22 13
NEXIUM 189 85 23 22
CRESTOR 187 167 24 32
PROMETHAZINE HCL 186 62 R 25 66
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 131 25 33
GLIMEPIRIDE 172 153 27 30
CARVEDILOL 172 140 27 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 171 138 29 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 161 115 30 36
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 159 82 31 25
CLOPIDOGREL 157 116 32 34
PREDNISONE 156 82 33 40
ATENOLOL 152 112 34 21
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 146 82 35 117
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 144 114 36 50
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 143 94 R 37 48
LYRICA 138 69 38 52
WARFARIN SODIUM 137 91 39 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 136 79 40 11
TRAZODONE HCL 134 63 41 35
LOVASTATIN 133 110 42 47
VENTOLIN HFA 126 50 43 91
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 74 44 18
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 121 68 45 112
FELODIPINE ER 119 87 46 126
CYMBALTA 119 78 46 51
HUMULIN 70-30 118 68 48 106
CARISOPRODOL 117 34 R 49 67
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 114 99 50 243
FLUOXETINE HCL 113 79 51 65
PREMARIN 111 98 R 52 110
PLAVIX 109 92 53 45
CITALOPRAM HBR 109 85 53 23
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 101 68 55 92
AMIODARONE HCL 100 86 56 139
PROAIR HFA 98 41 57 62
AZITHROMYCIN 97 64 58 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 96 79 59 60
ZETIA 93 74 60 94
PAROXETINE HCL 93 26 60 69
VYTORIN 89 73 62 206
ENDOCET 88 34 S2 63 129
NIASPAN 87 78 64 167
METOLAZONE 87 66 64 195
ROPINIROLE HCL 87 55 64 87
METHOCARBAMOL 86 43 R 67 84
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 85 47 68 271
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 84 56 69 37
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 84 40 R 69 235
TIZANIDINE HCL 81 47 71 82
DIOVAN HCT 79 59 72 75
JANUVIA 79 71 72 85
ADVAIR DISKUS 77 67 74 68
SERTRALINE HCL 76 42 75 27
SPIRIVA 74 39 76 72
METFORMIN HCL 73 54 77 8
FLUCONAZOLE 71 37 78 111
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 70 39 79 88
IBUPROFEN 70 19 79 93
INSULIN SYRINGE 70 53 79 80
AMOXICILLIN 69 43 82 99
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 68 48 83 222
INDOMETHACIN 68 43 R 83 261
CELEBREX 67 62 85 89
OXYCODONE HCL 65 0 S2 86 123
ALLOPURINOL 65 29 86 29
CEFTRIAXONE 65 36 86 278
BYSTOLIC 63 52 89 118
GLYBURIDE 63 55 R 89 101
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 50 91 95
PROPRANOLOL HCL 62 44 91 133
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 14 R 93 42
LIPITOR 59 25 94 175
LEVETIRACETAM 57 11 95 130
DIGOXIN 56 51 96 56
GLIPIZIDE 56 46 96 74
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 33 98 61
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 55 30 98 121
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 37 100 59
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 53 36 101 156
DIOVAN 53 34 101 55
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 51 27 103 81
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 45 104 54
METHADONE HCL 50 0 S2 104 127
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 Nov. 9, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.