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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,124Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 75 out of 336

$871K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 60 out of 336

422 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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
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this specialty
in Mississippi
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 422 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 422 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 13,689 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 542 481 1 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 539 437 2 1
NAMENDA 429 425 3 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 413 399 4 27
FUROSEMIDE 411 377 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 401 367 6 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 371 331 S3 7 2
SIMVASTATIN 370 341 8 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 315 283 9 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 301 280 10 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 297 236 11 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 292 255 12 21
LISINOPRIL 288 254 13 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 256 227 14 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 244 230 15 12
TRAZODONE HCL 243 224 16 46
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 203 193 17 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 166 164 18 40
MEGESTROL ACETATE 153 151 R 19 110
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 152 152 20 94
DIOVAN 152 141 20 31
CLOPIDOGREL 151 133 22 28
GABAPENTIN 148 140 23 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 147 133 24 22
JANTOVEN 146 146 25 125
MIRTAZAPINE 142 141 26 66
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 141 139 27 69
CRESTOR 139 107 28 25
LOVASTATIN 136 103 29 34
RAMIPRIL 134 120 30 84
KLOR-CON 10 132 125 31 75
ATENOLOL 121 106 32 26
PLAVIX 119 119 33 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 116 112 34 15
RISPERIDONE 115 100 35 90
METFORMIN HCL 107 75 36 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 107 81 36 29
METFORMIN HCL ER 106 83 38 61
PAROXETINE HCL 104 104 39 64
LANTUS 100 96 40 56
MELOXICAM 98 94 41 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 83 42 38
NEXIUM 96 68 42 24
CELEBREX 95 87 44 105
SERTRALINE HCL 95 95 44 33
ALLOPURINOL 94 85 46 30
CARVEDILOL 91 80 47 13
DIGOXIN 90 88 48 50
TRAMADOL HCL 81 77 49 20
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 80 80 50 47
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 76 62 51 100
PROPRANOLOL HCL 74 70 52 101
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 71 53 164
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 69 54 54
DIOVAN HCT 68 53 55 41
ZETIA 68 62 55 74
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 68 58 55 89
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 67 64 58 92
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 60 59 44
SEROQUEL 65 65 60 193
CLONIDINE HCL 64 62 61 32
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 64 60 61 60
MIDODRINE HCL 63 51 63 279
NOVOLIN R 62 59 64 181
LIPITOR 61 57 65 62
LEVETIRACETAM 55 43 66 114
CYMBALTA 55 44 66 52
WARFARIN SODIUM 53 47 68 17
NABUMETONE 53 45 68 159
LEVOFLOXACIN 50 49 70 93
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 Aug. 24, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.