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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,206Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 62 out of 780

$611K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 216 out of 780

646 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
62%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 646 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

37% of this provider’s 646 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 12,796 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$29 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 1,547 551 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,099 621 2 3
GABAPENTIN 614 355 3 13
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 605 464 4 4
SIMVASTATIN 604 441 5 2
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 563 264 6 95
TRAMADOL HCL 524 302 7 15
METFORMIN HCL 483 307 8 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 430 290 9 26
FUROSEMIDE 427 333 10 7
LISINOPRIL 346 275 11 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 344 299 12 5
CEPHALEXIN 327 201 13 105
ATENOLOL 319 213 14 21
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 301 207 15 11
CARVEDILOL 289 246 16 14
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 288 156 17 88
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 279 139 18 17
SERTRALINE HCL 262 168 19 27
MELOXICAM 261 169 20 16
TIZANIDINE HCL 252 49 21 82
PROMETHAZINE HCL 248 74 R 22 66
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 242 182 23 25
NEXIUM 219 77 24 22
DOXEPIN HCL 215 79 25 170
CITALOPRAM HBR 213 94 26 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 210 177 27 36
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 203 149 28 137
PREDNISONE 202 135 29 40
TRAZODONE HCL 200 64 30 35
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 184 163 31 33
KLOR-CON M20 184 158 31 57
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 180 131 33 18
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 173 118 34 102
CARISOPRODOL 172 0 R 35 67
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 169 94 36 204
AZITHROMYCIN 167 89 37 38
GLIPIZIDE ER 166 83 38 109
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 139 39 10
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 138 86 40 49
VENTOLIN HFA 133 56 41 91
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 133 92 41 50
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 132 55 43 117
PROAIR HFA 119 39 44 62
RISPERIDONE 118 94 45 98
WARFARIN SODIUM 113 100 46 24
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 110 71 47 154
PROPRANOLOL HCL 109 81 48 133
RANITIDINE HCL 106 40 49 39
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 104 89 50 169
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 101 58 51 19
AMOXICILLIN 101 46 51 99
GLIMEPIRIDE 100 96 53 30
ETODOLAC 96 43 54 174
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 95 43 R 55 42
LYRICA 94 21 56 52
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 93 40 57 41
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 92 50 58 61
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 87 59 59 12
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 84 58 60 237
CLOPIDOGREL 81 53 61 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 81 81 61 37
CELEBREX 81 62 61 89
MECLIZINE HCL 79 64 64 83
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 77 30 65 182
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 70 29 66 128
ESTRADIOL 70 39 R 66 122
IBUPROFEN 69 0 68 93
INDOMETHACIN 69 22 R 68 261
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 33 70 188
PLAVIX 66 41 71 45
METFORMIN HCL ER 66 66 71 43
DONEPEZIL HCL 66 65 71 31
DIGOXIN 64 63 74 56
NAPROXEN 64 30 74 100
GLIPIZIDE XL 62 58 76 176
LANTUS 61 37 77 71
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 60 31 78 301
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 45 R 78 48
FLUCONAZOLE 60 11 78 111
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 37 81 68
BENAZEPRIL HCL 54 54 82 59
HUMULIN 70-30 54 36 82 106
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 53 52 84 20
BUPROPION HCL SR 53 11 84 193
LACTULOSE 51 41 86 178
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 May 16, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.