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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,831Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 336

$1.1M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 31 out of 336

543 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 543 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 543 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 18,714 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

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,014 672 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 894 711 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 672 441 3 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 582 479 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 567 537 5 4
GABAPENTIN 546 466 6 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 542 474 S3 7 2
SERTRALINE HCL 524 491 8 33
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 501 457 9 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 452 386 10 16
CARVEDILOL 445 422 11 13
LISINOPRIL 435 400 12 6
NOVOLOG 372 360 13 135
MELOXICAM 356 343 14 19
BUMETANIDE 351 338 15 116
CITALOPRAM HBR 349 326 16 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 344 322 17 27
TRAZODONE HCL 308 292 18 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 291 229 19 38
LANTUS 261 257 20 56
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 247 97 21 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 244 237 22 17
MIRTAZAPINE 242 241 23 66
CYMBALTA 194 177 24 52
FAMOTIDINE 192 140 25 73
FENTANYL 191 162 S2 26 120
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 187 166 27 68
CLOPIDOGREL 185 180 28 28
RAMIPRIL 180 155 29 84
PREDNISONE 175 150 30 48
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 175 157 30 69
METFORMIN HCL 162 134 32 8
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 159 151 33 150
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 149 139 34 44
NAMENDA 143 127 35 39
LOVASTATIN 137 46 36 34
RANITIDINE HCL 134 103 37 36
CLONIDINE HCL 133 128 38 32
DIGOXIN 133 133 38 50
DIOVAN 132 108 40 31
PRADAXA 131 123 41 238
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 127 127 42 186
HYDRALAZINE HCL 126 110 43 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 124 67 44 54
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 123 92 45 153
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 122 122 46 40
LEVETIRACETAM 121 91 47 114
ATENOLOL 121 75 47 26
PLAVIX 120 117 49 37
DETROL LA 120 108 49 175
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 107 92 51 89
MEGESTROL ACETATE 107 102 R 51 110
ZETIA 101 48 53 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 96 80 54 22
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 96 96 54 249
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 94 87 56 245
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 44 56 12
ROPINIROLE HCL 94 77 56 98
BUSPIRONE HCL 93 64 59 113
AMIODARONE HCL 91 89 60 117
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 90 63 61 142
NEXIUM 88 61 62 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 48 63 49
LYRICA 87 87 63 70
LEVOFLOXACIN 86 85 65 93
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 83 57 66 94
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 70 67 82
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 80 80 67 18
RISPERIDONE 76 76 69 90
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76 64 69 15
SPIRONOLACTONE 75 59 71 42
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 75 65 71 172
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 75 67 71 228
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 71 34 74 123
TIZANIDINE HCL 70 39 75 83
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 69 45 76 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 61 76 55
CELEBREX 68 39 78 105
VESICARE 66 57 79 190
PROMETHAZINE HCL 66 53 R 79 99
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 33 81 81
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 63 45 82 97
LAMOTRIGINE 63 36 82 242
PRIMIDONE 63 59 82 220
SPIRIVA 62 62 85 88
MUPIROCIN 62 49 85 203
LATANOPROST 60 58 87 231
CEPHALEXIN 58 28 88 109
LACTULOSE 58 31 88 143
LIPITOR 57 24 90 62
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 57 26 90 225
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 57 49 90 324
AVODART 56 45 93 188
LANSOPRAZOLE 56 36 93 167
TRICOR 54 24 95 108
SUCRALFATE 52 33 96 192
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 52 32 96 10
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 51 48 98 232
TERAZOSIN HCL 50 50 99 166
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 Dec. 17, 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.