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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,585Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 780

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 780

876 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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

6% of this provider’s 876 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

34% of this provider’s 876 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 17,132 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% 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 $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 2,160 1,085 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,071 708 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,061 808 3 4
SIMVASTATIN 734 569 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 678 550 5 5
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 657 533 10 6 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 533 381 7 18
SPIRONOLACTONE 530 443 8 53
METFORMIN HCL 507 347 9 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 490 358 10 9
FUROSEMIDE 483 363 11 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 449 261 12 17
CHLORTHALIDONE 430 344 13 142
MELOXICAM 390 283 14 16
CARVEDILOL 368 278 15 14
LISINOPRIL 368 263 15 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 313 208 17 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 295 246 18 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 290 234 19 33
TRAMADOL HCL 278 201 20 15
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 271 151 R 21 42
GABAPENTIN 260 142 22 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 258 171 23 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 246 173 24 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 244 170 25 30
ALLOPURINOL 241 186 26 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 230 189 27 36
CARISOPRODOL 222 83 R 28 67
MIRTAZAPINE 221 149 29 58
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 216 139 30 11
TORSEMIDE 211 180 31 114
PROMETHAZINE HCL 205 35 R 32 66
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 196 133 33 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 193 139 34 24
CITALOPRAM HBR 193 125 34 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 182 128 36 26
KLOR-CON 10 177 135 37 90
SERTRALINE HCL 174 121 38 27
NEXIUM 166 82 39 22
DIOVAN 164 126 40 55
FLUOXETINE HCL 155 83 41 65
CRESTOR 135 93 42 32
COLCRYS 135 105 42 131
ATENOLOL 130 76 44 21
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 90 44 95
LOVASTATIN 128 127 46 47
LYRICA 123 62 47 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 120 120 48 31
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 119 70 R 49 48
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 118 94 50 49
TRAZODONE HCL 115 75 51 35
ADVAIR DISKUS 111 50 52 68
PREDNISONE 110 33 53 40
AZITHROMYCIN 107 53 54 38
KLOR-CON M20 104 91 55 57
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 101 68 56 79
CLONIDINE HCL 101 71 56 28
TIZANIDINE HCL 99 44 58 82
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 98 54 59 88
PROAIR HFA 97 55 60 62
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 96 96 R 61 108
NAMENDA 96 96 61 46
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 96 67 61 154
MECLIZINE HCL 95 86 64 83
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 95 86 64 44
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 90 67 66 81
DIOVAN HCT 90 76 66 75
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 86 72 68 138
DILTIAZEM ER 83 77 69 134
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 82 51 70 121
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 32 71 41
CLOPIDOGREL 77 68 72 34
CYMBALTA 77 21 72 51
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 75 55 74 60
PREMARIN 71 51 R 75 110
INSULIN SYRINGE 71 43 75 80
ESTRADIOL 71 65 R 75 122
SPIRIVA 69 42 78 72
IBUPROFEN 69 30 78 93
KLOR-CON M10 69 53 78 168
PEN NEEDLE 67 27 81 136
PLAVIX 65 50 82 45
GEMFIBROZIL 65 36 82 104
VENTOLIN HFA 63 26 84 91
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 62 54 85 137
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 61 53 86 169
HYDROXYZINE HCL 58 32 R 87 155
CEFUROXIME 58 33 87 147
AMIODARONE HCL 58 48 87 139
LABETALOL HCL 57 55 90 159
GLIPIZIDE 57 42 90 74
FENTANYL 57 12 S2 90 107
METFORMIN HCL ER 56 51 93 43
ABILIFY 54 0 94 197
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52 42 95 156
DIGOXIN 52 29 95 56
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 51 97 179
NAPROXEN 50 34 98 100
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 28 98 102
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 50 33 98 61
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 Sept. 19, 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.