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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,764Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 143 out of 336

$432K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 170 out of 336

649 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
81%Patients 65 Years and Older
33% 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

3% of this provider’s 649 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 649 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 8,017 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

15 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 504 457 1 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 418 354 2 17
LISINOPRIL 373 307 3 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 343 284 4 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 334 282 5 15
SIMVASTATIN 327 248 6 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 296 253 7 7
OMEPRAZOLE 286 243 8 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 278 261 9 22
FUROSEMIDE 261 219 10 4
METFORMIN HCL 244 184 11 8
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 202 116 S3 12 2
SERTRALINE HCL 186 158 13 33
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 177 163 14 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 161 15 12
GABAPENTIN 156 90 16 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 155 132 17 14
ALLOPURINOL 151 117 18 30
DIOVAN 150 119 19 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 126 119 20 42
CARVEDILOL 123 108 21 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 120 101 22 49
GLIMEPIRIDE 120 105 22 29
FENOFIBRATE 110 81 24 72
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 100 100 25 47
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 94 72 26 40
CLOPIDOGREL 86 68 27 28
CRESTOR 74 65 28 25
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72 43 R 29 57
ATENOLOL 72 57 29 26
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 70 65 31 86
DONEPEZIL HCL 67 67 32 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 67 50 32 9
SYNTHROID 63 55 34 43
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 60 60 35 54
RAMIPRIL 54 43 36 84
PLAVIX 53 39 37 37
GLYBURIDE 52 52 R 38 76
BYSTOLIC 52 52 38 79
PAROXETINE HCL 50 50 40 64
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 Feb. 26, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.