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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,627Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 78 out of 780

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 43 out of 780

571 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
42%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

28% of this provider’s 571 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

59% of this provider’s 571 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 8,036 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

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 2,648 713 S3 1 1
CARISOPRODOL 1,178 167 R 2 67
OMEPRAZOLE 497 229 3 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 473 185 4 17
TRAMADOL HCL 424 168 5 15
NEXIUM 363 142 6 22
PROMETHAZINE HCL 288 39 R 7 66
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 253 76 R 8 48
GABAPENTIN 243 90 9 13
TRAZODONE HCL 241 73 10 35
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 231 136 11 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 228 133 12 9
OXYCODONE HCL 226 0 S2 13 123
PROAIR HFA 223 54 14 62
FUROSEMIDE 213 135 15 7
NAPROXEN 212 80 16 100
LYRICA 211 83 17 52
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 210 52 S2 18 146
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 209 29 S2 19 187
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 205 157 20 11
METHADONE HCL 195 41 S2 21 127
PAROXETINE HCL 193 81 22 69
LISINOPRIL 193 92 22 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 179 122 24 4
PREDNISONE 178 95 25 40
CARVEDILOL 175 112 26 14
RANITIDINE HCL 170 47 27 39
METFORMIN HCL 168 102 28 8
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 165 93 29 41
ROPINIROLE HCL 163 90 30 87
SIMVASTATIN 162 105 31 2
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 158 60 32 26
FLUCONAZOLE 147 49 33 111
SPIRIVA 145 58 34 72
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 68 35 10
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 134 13 S2 36 201
OXYCONTIN 127 26 S2 37 165
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 119 25 R 38 42
ATENOLOL 118 90 39 21
AZITHROMYCIN 115 42 40 38
CITALOPRAM HBR 115 58 40 23
CEPHALEXIN 115 33 40 105
DILTIAZEM HCL 114 47 43 230
AMOXICILLIN 114 35 43 99
GEMFIBROZIL 113 50 45 104
TIZANIDINE HCL 109 32 46 82
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 105 77 47 19
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 59 48 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 97 78 49 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 95 84 50 31
CYMBALTA 94 12 51 51
CELEBREX 93 38 52 89
FLUOXETINE HCL 90 27 53 65
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 87 50 54 25
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 86 40 55 135
RAMIPRIL 84 27 56 70
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 83 21 57 81
SYMBICORT 82 33 58 181
FAMOTIDINE 70 55 59 86
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 69 13 60 301
COMBIVENT 67 11 61 189
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 67 29 61 88
MECLIZINE HCL 66 42 63 83
CLONIDINE HCL 63 0 64 28
WARFARIN SODIUM 62 51 65 24
NAMENDA 61 61 66 46
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 61 29 66 37
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 60 38 68 20
NITROSTAT 60 39 68 244
VENTOLIN HFA 59 14 70 91
FENTANYL 59 0 S2 70 107
KLOR-CON 10 59 39 70 90
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 59 12 70 61
MIRTAZAPINE 58 43 74 58
METHOCARBAMOL 57 35 R 75 84
ENDOCET 57 0 S2 75 129
CLOPIDOGREL 56 34 77 34
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 48 78 44
ALLOPURINOL 55 35 78 29
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 40 78 59
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 55 38 78 138
IBUPROFEN 54 14 82 93
DIOVAN HCT 54 34 82 75
PEN NEEDLE 53 19 84 136
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50 31 85 50
VERAPAMIL ER 50 41 85 78
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 June 15, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.