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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,765Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 252

$990K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 252

611 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
47%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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 Arkansas
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 611 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 611 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 9,919 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,339 419 S3 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 602 335 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 599 286 3 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 569 382 4 4
LISINOPRIL 552 356 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 453 282 6 7
OMEPRAZOLE 445 239 7 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 404 244 8 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 390 147 9 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 383 209 10 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 335 185 11 14
METFORMIN HCL 334 140 12 9
GABAPENTIN 323 135 13 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 318 142 14 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 270 129 15 25
CLONIDINE HCL 232 132 16 35
CHLORTHALIDONE 229 141 17 141
RANITIDINE HCL 227 103 18 48
NEXIUM 225 94 19 23
MELOXICAM 218 119 20 20
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 216 40 R 21 51
SPIRONOLACTONE 193 85 22 53
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 191 71 23 103
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 188 35 24 67
SERTRALINE HCL 180 86 25 27
CARVEDILOL 179 107 26 22
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 173 84 27 19
CYMBALTA 168 58 28 45
LAMOTRIGINE 166 0 29 165
AZITHROMYCIN 153 80 30 37
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 144 64 31 33
ALLOPURINOL 140 91 32 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 139 0 33 113
LEVETIRACETAM 138 26 34 131
TRAMADOL HCL 138 85 34 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 85 36 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 134 130 37 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 130 116 38 24
TRAZODONE HCL 129 36 39 31
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 126 31 40 77
CLOPIDOGREL 124 88 41 29
LYRICA 121 17 42 66
VERAPAMIL ER 121 86 42 83
PROAIR HFA 120 53 44 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 119 61 45 21
PAROXETINE HCL 117 62 46 75
DIGOXIN 114 68 47 44
BUMETANIDE 112 67 48 139
MIRTAZAPINE 106 82 49 58
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103 98 50 26
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 98 39 51 87
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98 19 51 36
OXYCODONE HCL 96 17 S2 53 89
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 94 28 54 32
AMOXICILLIN 94 40 54 122
RISPERIDONE 90 16 56 81
LANTUS 88 51 57 55
NAMENDA 86 74 58 41
ATENOLOL 85 27 59 18
PREDNISONE 83 27 60 42
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 81 66 61 104
NAPROXEN 77 39 62 96
BENAZEPRIL HCL 77 54 62 80
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 76 49 64 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 76 66 64 50
VENTOLIN HFA 75 29 66 102
BUSPIRONE HCL 72 37 67 119
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 69 30 68 123
PLAVIX 68 54 69 43
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 68 36 69 109
GLIPIZIDE 68 40 69 52
FAMOTIDINE 68 35 69 59
KETOCONAZOLE 67 32 73 279
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 67 44 73 199
PROMETHAZINE HCL 67 26 R 73 85
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 66 18 S2 76 127
TOPIRAMATE 63 0 77 151
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 61 0 R 78 156
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 61 38 78 163
DILTIAZEM ER 61 49 78 86
KLOR-CON M20 60 27 81 69
CARBAMAZEPINE 59 0 82 257
DOXEPIN HCL 59 31 82 179
SEROQUEL 59 0 82 149
RAMIPRIL 59 14 82 71
FENTANYL 57 23 S2 86 126
LEVEMIR 57 20 86 180
KLOR-CON 10 57 44 86 146
NOVOLOG 56 29 89 106
SINGULAIR 55 17 90 100
PROPRANOLOL HCL 55 12 90 111
LEVOFLOXACIN 54 38 92 79
LOVASTATIN 54 38 92 39
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 52 12 94 110
RISPERDAL CONSTA 52 0 94 347
VENLAFAXINE HCL 52 14 94 160
DIOVAN 50 25 97 38
CRESTOR 50 22 97 34
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 Nov. 9, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.