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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,602Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 179 out of 780

$640K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 202 out of 780

461 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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

9% of this provider’s 461 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

38% of this provider’s 461 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 7,787 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 1,027 387 S3 1 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 547 337 2 9
LISINOPRIL 461 355 3 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 424 277 4 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 342 267 5 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 330 202 6 23
OMEPRAZOLE 305 189 7 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 302 220 8 12
FUROSEMIDE 288 195 9 7
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 242 155 10 25
ATENOLOL 241 168 11 21
GABAPENTIN 234 147 12 13
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 221 156 13 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 198 156 14 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 196 130 15 24
SIMVASTATIN 194 125 16 2
LOVASTATIN 188 151 17 47
FELODIPINE ER 176 139 18 126
METFORMIN HCL ER 166 85 19 43
MELOXICAM 153 75 20 16
CARVEDILOL 143 65 21 14
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 99 22 33
CRESTOR 134 60 23 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 133 81 24 19
NEXIUM 132 55 25 22
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 126 38 R 26 108
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 124 71 27 11
ALLOPURINOL 123 71 28 29
CARISOPRODOL 121 22 R 29 67
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 120 37 R 30 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 119 57 31 18
PROAIR HFA 116 48 32 62
CYMBALTA 108 45 33 51
TRAMADOL HCL 103 48 34 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 100 64 35 10
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 90 20 36 17
CLONIDINE HCL 87 27 37 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 86 49 38 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 85 37 39 61
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 83 40 44
COLCRYS 83 46 40 131
AZITHROMYCIN 82 35 42 38
HYDRALAZINE HCL 80 47 43 54
CLOPIDOGREL 79 62 44 34
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 50 45 49
PROMETHAZINE HCL 74 25 R 46 66
TAMSULOSIN HCL 72 59 47 36
VENTOLIN HFA 72 40 47 91
GLIPIZIDE ER 71 32 49 109
TRAZODONE HCL 71 18 49 35
METFORMIN HCL 70 33 51 8
GLIPIZIDE 69 28 52 74
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 39 53 41
JANUVIA 67 45 54 85
RANITIDINE HCL 66 36 55 39
KLOR-CON M20 64 50 56 57
PLAVIX 63 43 57 45
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 18 58 65
ADVAIR DISKUS 60 21 59 68
ENDOCET 59 28 S2 60 129
SERTRALINE HCL 58 41 61 27
SPIRIVA 56 26 62 72
DONEPEZIL HCL 56 44 62 31
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 56 33 R 62 48
FLUCONAZOLE 55 21 65 111
LYRICA 54 15 66 52
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 23 66 53
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 54 38 66 121
INSULIN SYRINGE 50 37 69 80
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, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.