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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,783Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 133 out of 780

$737K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 143 out of 780

687 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
52%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

8% of this provider’s 687 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 687 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 7,417 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 1,119 349 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 613 271 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 442 225 3 5
LISINOPRIL 415 190 4 6
METFORMIN HCL 402 198 5 8
SIMVASTATIN 358 189 6 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 346 165 7 12
TRAMADOL HCL 319 146 8 15
LOVASTATIN 315 146 9 47
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 283 102 10 17
GABAPENTIN 281 146 11 13
MELOXICAM 246 117 12 16
LYRICA 238 63 13 52
NEXIUM 235 95 14 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 200 134 15 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 194 102 16 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 191 156 17 11
DOXEPIN HCL 164 50 18 170
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 163 105 19 25
PAROXETINE HCL 162 45 20 69
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 157 104 21 19
FUROSEMIDE 154 103 22 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 140 74 23 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 78 24 10
CARVEDILOL 136 100 25 14
METHOCARBAMOL 135 35 R 26 84
TORSEMIDE 128 99 27 114
TIZANIDINE HCL 127 0 28 82
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 127 87 28 18
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 121 35 R 30 42
GEMFIBROZIL 117 49 31 104
CITALOPRAM HBR 115 54 32 23
RANITIDINE HCL 110 21 33 39
PROMETHAZINE HCL 109 25 R 34 66
PROAIR HFA 107 34 35 62
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 62 36 26
CLOPIDOGREL 106 51 36 34
ALLOPURINOL 101 71 38 29
CEFUROXIME 98 47 39 147
CRESTOR 95 54 40 32
SERTRALINE HCL 95 48 40 27
ATENOLOL 90 75 42 21
AZITHROMYCIN 89 42 43 38
VENTOLIN HFA 88 53 44 91
PREDNISONE 87 45 45 40
DIGOXIN 86 59 46 56
METHADONE HCL 79 51 S2 47 127
MECLIZINE HCL 79 44 47 83
WELCHOL 73 23 49 272
FLUOXETINE HCL 72 44 50 65
ROPINIROLE HCL 72 25 50 87
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 71 38 52 9
FENTANYL 69 42 S2 53 107
SPIRIVA 67 50 54 72
DONEPEZIL HCL 66 32 55 31
SINGULAIR 64 22 56 73
TOPIRAMATE 64 0 56 145
DIOVAN 63 40 58 55
PLAVIX 63 28 58 45
GLIPIZIDE ER 63 40 58 109
CELEBREX 61 26 61 89
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 13 R 62 48
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 28 62 60
ETODOLAC 59 22 64 174
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 58 0 S2 65 141
OXYCODONE HCL 58 11 S2 65 123
AMOXICILLIN 57 26 67 99
CYMBALTA 56 0 68 51
RAMIPRIL 56 56 68 70
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 55 37 70 61
TAMSULOSIN HCL 54 46 71 36
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 47 72 79
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 53 16 72 135
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 13 74 41
METHOTREXATE 52 33 74 252
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 51 0 R 76 235
CLONIDINE HCL 51 17 76 28
OXYCONTIN 51 28 S2 76 165
ZETIA 50 0 79 94
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.