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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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36,095Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 780

$1.49M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 780

1,063 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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 1,063 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 1,063 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 25,443 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 1,634 967 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,526 1,078 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,242 981 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 1,000 816 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 990 774 5 4
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 921 728 6 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 900 655 7 12
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 871 674 8 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 778 608 9 11
CARVEDILOL 607 462 10 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 599 460 11 10
METFORMIN HCL 544 369 12 8
GABAPENTIN 532 359 13 13
SERTRALINE HCL 491 319 14 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 457 385 15 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 453 291 16 17
TRAMADOL HCL 450 329 17 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 427 361 18 24
CLOPIDOGREL 412 291 19 34
LISINOPRIL 403 301 20 6
MELOXICAM 387 293 21 16
ATENOLOL 381 269 22 21
RANITIDINE HCL 375 186 23 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 375 288 23 9
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 371 318 25 44
NEXIUM 368 240 26 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 366 247 27 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 361 272 28 23
METHOCARBAMOL 354 134 R 29 84
TAMSULOSIN HCL 315 252 30 36
PLAVIX 304 217 31 45
PAROXETINE HCL 271 177 32 69
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 252 162 33 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 242 185 R 34 48
GLIMEPIRIDE 239 157 35 30
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 228 150 36 239
METFORMIN HCL ER 213 155 37 43
CLONIDINE HCL 212 149 38 28
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 209 94 R 39 42
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 204 176 40 60
AZITHROMYCIN 203 145 41 38
METHADONE HCL 202 67 S2 42 127
DONEPEZIL HCL 200 173 43 31
BENAZEPRIL HCL 199 157 44 59
HUMULIN 70-30 198 157 45 106
NABUMETONE 197 107 46 171
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 196 152 47 18
LOVASTATIN 192 139 48 47
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 187 117 49 41
PREDNISONE 187 155 49 40
RAMIPRIL 182 125 51 70
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 179 114 52 92
CRESTOR 172 108 53 32
FLUOXETINE HCL 166 81 54 65
CEFUROXIME 160 97 55 147
DIGOXIN 160 147 55 56
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 159 88 R 57 108
ALLOPURINOL 158 114 58 29
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 153 100 59 37
CYMBALTA 147 75 60 51
NAPROXEN 144 102 61 100
INSULIN SYRINGE 141 86 62 80
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 140 91 63 103
SPIRIVA 140 92 63 72
KLOR-CON M20 135 118 65 57
ROPINIROLE HCL 135 97 65 87
VERAPAMIL ER 132 79 67 78
NAMENDA 126 115 68 46
PROAIR HFA 126 74 68 62
TRAZODONE HCL 122 80 70 35
BACLOFEN 119 58 71 153
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 119 47 71 102
LYRICA 118 42 73 52
QUINAPRIL HCL 118 80 73 113
MECLIZINE HCL 118 110 73 83
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 115 87 76 50
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 115 87 76 79
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 97 78 33
CARISOPRODOL 109 37 R 79 67
DIOVAN HCT 106 97 80 75
PREMARIN 105 49 R 81 110
FINASTERIDE 103 102 82 150
GEMFIBROZIL 102 57 83 104
SINGULAIR 102 60 83 73
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 100 85 85 49
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 100 59 S2 85 141
VYTORIN 99 83 87 206
BUPROPION XL 98 37 88 177
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 59 89 26
ADVAIR DISKUS 94 63 89 68
ESTRADIOL 92 42 R 91 122
VENTOLIN HFA 92 40 91 91
HYDRALAZINE HCL 92 87 91 54
MIRTAZAPINE 89 83 94 58
PROMETHAZINE HCL 87 38 R 95 66
SPIRONOLACTONE 87 59 95 53
ENDOCET 87 39 S2 95 129
BUMETANIDE 85 44 98 96
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 79 58 99 88
METOLAZONE 78 67 100 195
GLIPIZIDE ER 77 73 101 109
TOPIRAMATE 76 38 102 145
ABILIFY 74 51 103 197
PROPRANOLOL HCL 73 65 104 133
OXYCODONE HCL 72 30 S2 105 123
TIZANIDINE HCL 71 46 106 82
HALOPERIDOL 70 62 107 251
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 69 26 108 81
LIPITOR 69 54 108 175
CELEBREX 67 59 110 89
WELCHOL 66 56 111 272
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 65 24 112 112
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 64 47 113 166
BUSPIRONE HCL 64 46 113 125
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 64 40 113 154
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 63 39 116 169
XARELTO 63 55 116 335
BUPROPION HCL SR 62 26 118 193
GLIPIZIDE XL 60 48 119 176
FLUCONAZOLE 60 33 119 111
AMIODARONE HCL 60 60 119 139
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 60 59 119 156
PRISTIQ ER 60 35 119 290
KLOR-CON 8 59 55 124 194
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 58 34 125 120
TORSEMIDE 58 58 125 114
LANTUS 58 49 125 71
SUCRALFATE 56 41 128 149
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 44 129 95
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 55 44 129 179
EVISTA 54 51 131 151
FENTANYL 52 38 S2 132 107
TERAZOSIN HCL 51 29 133 160
KLOR-CON 10 51 36 133 90
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 50 38 135 247
DOXEPIN HCL 50 25 135 170
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 Sept. 11, 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.