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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,061Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 77 out of 252

$518K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 92 out of 252

418 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
13% 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 Arkansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 418 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 418 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 9,671 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 Arkansas
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 472 442 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 452 421 2 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 304 236 S3 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 301 260 4 4
SIMVASTATIN 296 251 5 2
LISINOPRIL 279 255 6 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 236 189 7 8
METFORMIN HCL 235 217 8 9
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 188 183 9 33
LOVASTATIN 187 159 10 39
WARFARIN SODIUM 182 172 11 14
GABAPENTIN 156 149 12 11
ATENOLOL 154 138 13 18
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 141 14 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 142 134 15 16
FUROSEMIDE 135 118 16 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 134 113 17 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 114 18 13
TRAMADOL HCL 129 111 19 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 129 120 19 15
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 123 115 21 12
DIGOXIN 121 121 22 44
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 103 23 19
PREDNISONE 105 90 24 42
DIOVAN 94 94 25 38
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 94 80 25 32
DOXEPIN HCL 94 77 25 179
SYNTHROID 92 89 28 47
MELOXICAM 89 81 29 20
FAMOTIDINE 83 64 30 59
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 82 82 31 24
PREMARIN 80 70 R 32 116
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 80 75 32 10
CLOPIDOGREL 77 67 34 29
ZETIA 76 76 35 97
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 72 35 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 74 74 37 60
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 64 37 49
KLOR-CON M20 72 52 39 69
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 71 69 40 104
EVISTA 68 61 41 91
AMOXICILLIN 68 55 41 122
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 66 43 26
VERAPAMIL ER 63 58 44 83
ESTRADIOL 61 51 R 45 76
NEXIUM 59 36 46 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 58 46 R 47 46
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 58 44 47 56
CELEBREX 58 43 47 101
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 56 46 50 134
FINASTERIDE 56 56 50 115
ALLOPURINOL 54 54 52 30
GLIPIZIDE 54 54 52 52
CARISOPRODOL 54 33 R 52 70
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 53 53 55 72
SERTRALINE HCL 52 49 56 27
EXFORGE 52 52 56 169
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 49 58 61
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 50 58 110
TORSEMIDE 50 26 60 214
ROPINIROLE HCL 50 49 60 84
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. 12, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.