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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,653Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 133 out of 336

$739K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 82 out of 336

352 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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 Mississippi
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 352 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 352 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 5,800 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

33% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 Mississippi
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 633 228 S3 1 2
OMEPRAZOLE 366 210 2 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 306 137 3 18
FUROSEMIDE 268 147 4 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 239 149 5 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 235 142 6 14
CRESTOR 232 157 7 25
SIMVASTATIN 216 126 8 5
GLIMEPIRIDE 198 140 9 29
METFORMIN HCL 180 142 10 8
CARVEDILOL 170 107 11 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 165 105 12 15
RAMIPRIL 146 102 13 84
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 140 63 14 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 140 109 14 1
GABAPENTIN 139 46 16 11
DIOVAN 134 97 17 31
SUBOXONE 116 18 18 241
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 110 36 S3 19 136
ROPINIROLE HCL 109 64 20 98
SERTRALINE HCL 104 75 21 33
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 100 49 22 35
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 99 78 23 168
LEVOFLOXACIN 98 41 24 93
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 67 24 38
NEXIUM 96 45 26 24
RANITIDINE HCL 93 47 27 36
NAPROXEN 89 50 28 80
EXFORGE 87 38 29 121
DIOVAN HCT 85 52 30 41
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 40 31 23
TIZANIDINE HCL 80 23 32 83
CLOPIDOGREL 80 43 32 28
PREDNISONE 76 35 34 48
JANUVIA 75 39 35 67
CITALOPRAM HBR 73 41 36 21
PLAVIX 73 45 36 37
ALLOPURINOL 72 37 38 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 72 51 38 16
CYMBALTA 70 12 40 52
MELOXICAM 70 42 40 19
VERAPAMIL ER 69 57 42 95
KLOR-CON 10 68 36 43 75
LANTUS 67 24 44 56
TRAMADOL HCL 67 48 44 20
ACTOS 66 48 46 119
WARFARIN SODIUM 64 35 47 17
COREG CR 60 46 48 240
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 22 49 82
FENTANYL 57 19 S2 50 120
LIPITOR 56 42 51 62
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 56 25 51 146
LYRICA 56 27 51 70
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 55 39 54 47
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 55 36 54 60
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 52 35 56 172
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 45 56 68
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 32 58 12
JANUMET 51 30 58 134
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 0 R 58 57
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 50 0 R 61 65
BUPROPION XL 50 26 61 209
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 July 9, 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.