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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,745Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 252

$606K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 71 out of 252

476 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
91%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 476 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 476 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,304 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% 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 $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
LISINOPRIL 595 542 1 3
FUROSEMIDE 493 448 2 7
ATENOLOL 459 443 3 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 399 380 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 375 358 5 1
OMEPRAZOLE 361 328 6 6
SIMVASTATIN 358 347 7 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 349 325 8 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 325 302 9 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 325 305 9 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 317 286 11 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 315 277 12 8
METFORMIN HCL 302 252 13 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 253 237 14 21
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 224 202 15 50
TAMSULOSIN HCL 204 189 16 26
TRAMADOL HCL 199 172 17 17
GLIPIZIDE 188 180 18 52
FAMOTIDINE 183 160 19 59
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 181 155 S3 20 5
CLOPIDOGREL 180 175 21 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 163 22 19
DIGOXIN 168 158 23 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 165 144 24 16
CLONIDINE HCL 163 142 25 35
GABAPENTIN 160 145 26 11
PREDNISONE 147 126 27 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 126 28 13
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 139 139 29 107
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 134 134 30 24
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 131 128 31 73
NIFEDIPINE ER 130 114 32 108
NEXIUM 128 103 33 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 111 34 25
PLAVIX 124 116 34 43
CARVEDILOL 113 101 36 22
SERTRALINE HCL 109 95 37 27
SOTALOL 109 98 37 205
LOVASTATIN 106 102 39 39
HYDRALAZINE HCL 100 75 40 95
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 96 63 R 41 51
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 91 89 42 32
GLIPIZIDE ER 87 59 43 90
ALLOPURINOL 87 71 43 30
DONEPEZIL HCL 86 86 45 28
MELOXICAM 85 71 46 20
KLOR-CON M20 84 82 47 69
NAMENDA 83 83 48 41
ADVAIR DISKUS 82 72 49 63
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 82 82 49 77
AMIODARONE HCL 78 78 51 142
RANITIDINE HCL 76 64 52 48
CRESTOR 74 70 53 34
JANTOVEN 71 69 54 259
BENAZEPRIL HCL 71 65 54 80
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 70 58 56 87
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 52 57 67
AZITHROMYCIN 61 54 58 37
FINASTERIDE 61 61 58 115
CELEBREX 60 43 60 101
BYSTOLIC 60 60 60 99
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 59 59 62 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 46 63 36
MIRTAZAPINE 58 58 63 58
DIOVAN 55 51 65 38
LIPITOR 53 44 66 112
GLIMEPIRIDE 52 52 67 40
LYRICA 52 32 67 66
CALCITONIN-SALMON 50 50 69 355
FELODIPINE ER 50 50 69 161
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 July 8, 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.