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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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31,292Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 780

$1.91M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 780

620 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
54%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

19% of this provider’s 620 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

49% of this provider’s 620 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 16,911 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$61 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 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 2,301 788 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 968 548 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 823 531 3 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 677 453 4 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 604 304 5 4
CARVEDILOL 584 255 6 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 572 400 7 5
GABAPENTIN 518 286 8 13
LISINOPRIL 505 282 9 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 495 433 10 31
FENTANYL 494 123 S2 11 107
SIMVASTATIN 449 239 12 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 442 130 13 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 426 282 14 24
MELOXICAM 416 212 15 16
METFORMIN HCL 394 211 16 8
NAMENDA 324 295 17 46
TRAMADOL HCL 312 202 18 15
GLIMEPIRIDE 308 156 19 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 296 142 20 25
SERTRALINE HCL 292 197 21 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 270 181 22 23
TIZANIDINE HCL 264 47 23 82
NEXIUM 261 107 24 22
DIGOXIN 259 241 25 56
CARISOPRODOL 258 0 R 26 67
TRAZODONE HCL 253 111 27 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 253 174 27 19
RISPERIDONE 241 179 29 98
CYMBALTA 239 151 30 51
PROMETHAZINE HCL 226 55 R 31 66
MIRTAZAPINE 218 162 32 58
SPIRONOLACTONE 214 135 33 53
OXCARBAZEPINE 207 194 34 276
RANITIDINE HCL 205 97 35 39
CLONIDINE HCL 203 109 36 28
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 198 96 37 81
LANTUS 197 122 38 71
LYRICA 197 93 38 52
DIOVAN HCT 187 78 40 75
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 182 32 R 41 42
ATENOLOL 178 95 42 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 177 105 43 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 173 66 44 26
HUMALOG 173 76 44 192
METHOCARBAMOL 173 54 R 44 84
LEVOFLOXACIN 167 79 47 76
TAMSULOSIN HCL 150 112 48 36
AZITHROMYCIN 149 67 49 38
CLOPIDOGREL 147 78 50 34
FLUOXETINE HCL 147 52 50 65
SINGULAIR 142 88 52 73
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 140 95 53 138
OXYCODONE HCL 135 17 S2 54 123
KLOR-CON M20 135 87 54 57
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 132 73 56 102
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 132 78 56 119
PREDNISONE 131 94 58 40
GEMFIBROZIL 129 32 59 104
PROAIR HFA 129 41 59 62
LACTULOSE 125 93 61 178
LEVETIRACETAM 123 67 62 130
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 123 84 62 18
PLAVIX 122 70 64 45
METHADONE HCL 120 22 S2 65 127
ALLOPURINOL 119 67 66 29
DIOVAN 118 67 67 55
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 112 56 68 79
PAROXETINE HCL 112 29 68 69
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 110 53 70 128
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 110 51 R 70 235
LEVEMIR 109 59 72 198
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 105 61 73 49
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 101 65 74 9
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 101 84 74 264
HYDRALAZINE HCL 100 43 76 54
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 99 23 R 77 48
BUSPIRONE HCL 97 58 78 125
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 97 70 78 61
FLUCONAZOLE 97 54 78 111
EXELON 96 79 81 132
CELEBREX 95 57 82 89
MEGESTROL ACETATE 95 72 R 82 161
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 95 67 R 82 223
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 94 13 85 241
VENTOLIN HFA 94 53 85 91
TORSEMIDE 93 80 87 114
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 91 16 88 121
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 90 61 89 20
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 89 29 90 135
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 88 36 91 37
OLANZAPINE 87 72 92 191
NOVOLOG 86 55 93 158
PREMARIN 85 27 R 94 110
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 85 37 94 88
JANUVIA 83 29 96 85
LOVASTATIN 82 75 97 47
SEROQUEL 81 36 98 172
HALOPERIDOL 80 76 99 251
SODIUM CHLORIDE 80 58 99 346
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 79 43 101 120
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 79 33 101 64
ABILIFY 79 33 101 197
DETROL LA 79 59 101 215
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 78 49 R 105 242
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 77 32 106 117
SEROQUEL XR 77 67 106 277
CEPHALEXIN 77 26 106 105
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 76 38 S2 109 141
ADVAIR DISKUS 76 53 109 68
CARBAMAZEPINE 74 33 111 257
VENLAFAXINE HCL 73 32 112 226
DILTIAZEM ER 69 45 113 134
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 68 42 114 12
NOVOLIN R 67 46 115 212
DRONABINOL 66 51 116 368
CRESTOR 66 49 116 32
AVODART 66 57 116 255
CEFTRIAXONE 65 50 119 278
RISPERDAL CONSTA 64 42 120 360
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 23 120 33
LEXAPRO 63 46 122 219
ENDOCET 63 15 S2 122 129
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 17 124 41
CILOSTAZOL 60 49 124 229
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 27 126 115
VESICARE 58 39 126 186
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 0 128 80
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 57 46 128 179
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 57 43 128 166
TOPIRAMATE 56 11 131 145
NOVOLIN 70-30 55 26 132 164
OXYCONTIN 55 13 S2 132 165
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 55 42 132 169
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 55 46 132 163
DILTIAZEM HCL 54 46 136 230
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 53 50 137 148
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 53 45 137 44
LAMOTRIGINE 53 0 137 205
BENAZEPRIL HCL 52 12 140 59
TRICOR 52 33 140 152
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 51 48 142 60
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 28 142 154
ENABLEX 51 34 142 260
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 34 142 87
VALPROIC ACID 50 34 146 306
GEODON 50 39 146 342
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50 44 146 50
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 50 29 146 124
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 50 32 146 216
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. 15, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.