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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,960Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 98 out of 780

$892K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 91 out of 780

674 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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

3% of this provider’s 674 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 674 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 12,519 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
OMEPRAZOLE 695 444 1 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 672 565 2 9
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 651 358 S3 3 1
LISINOPRIL 606 417 4 6
CARVEDILOL 489 376 5 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 452 302 6 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 446 332 7 4
FUROSEMIDE 410 299 8 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 407 313 9 10
LOVASTATIN 340 219 10 47
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 332 262 11 18
MELOXICAM 314 231 12 16
TRAMADOL HCL 303 165 13 15
METFORMIN HCL 274 196 14 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 271 192 15 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 225 149 16 12
NEXIUM 212 130 17 22
GABAPENTIN 208 152 18 13
ATENOLOL 207 134 19 21
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 205 159 20 60
SIMVASTATIN 199 167 21 2
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 187 100 22 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 181 122 23 19
VERAPAMIL ER 175 130 24 78
TAMSULOSIN HCL 164 142 25 36
SERTRALINE HCL 159 121 26 27
CLOPIDOGREL 155 107 27 34
TRAZODONE HCL 147 96 28 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 147 119 28 54
GLIPIZIDE ER 145 119 30 109
ALLOPURINOL 135 110 31 29
CLONIDINE HCL 131 79 32 28
JANUVIA 129 114 33 85
FAMOTIDINE 122 97 34 86
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 122 85 34 25
LYRICA 119 81 36 52
PAROXETINE HCL 118 103 37 69
PLAVIX 117 94 38 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 76 39 20
GLIPIZIDE XL 111 88 40 176
METFORMIN HCL ER 110 83 41 43
CHLORTHALIDONE 107 83 42 142
WARFARIN SODIUM 106 79 43 24
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 105 67 44 79
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 105 38 R 44 42
GLIPIZIDE 104 82 46 74
PROMETHAZINE VC 103 65 R 47 348
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 98 76 48 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 98 84 48 44
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 87 50 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 97 63 50 26
PROMETHAZINE HCL 90 11 R 52 66
KLOR-CON M20 90 71 52 57
LANTUS 88 47 54 71
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 49 55 80
CRESTOR 87 69 55 32
DIOVAN 87 72 55 55
DIGOXIN 84 72 58 56
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 58 59 49
CYMBALTA 78 44 60 51
AZITHROMYCIN 78 55 60 38
SUCRALFATE 74 37 62 149
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 53 62 53
PREMARIN 73 37 R 64 110
FLUOXETINE HCL 72 39 65 65
COLCRYS 72 56 65 131
CITALOPRAM HBR 70 41 67 23
SYNTHROID 69 64 68 77
BUSPIRONE HCL 68 55 69 125
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 68 39 69 237
HUMULIN 70-30 68 55 69 106
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 64 43 72 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 41 73 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 52 74 68
KLOR-CON M10 59 58 75 168
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 59 46 75 88
NASONEX 58 33 77 254
DONEPEZIL HCL 58 58 77 31
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 57 41 R 79 48
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 57 49 S3 79 116
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 57 31 79 41
BENAZEPRIL HCL 55 48 82 59
CALCITONIN-SALMON 54 52 83 362
ZETIA 53 32 84 94
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 31 84 121
TIZANIDINE HCL 53 0 84 82
EVISTA 52 49 87 151
QUINAPRIL HCL 52 51 87 113
SINGULAIR 52 23 87 73
FLUCONAZOLE 51 21 90 111
CELEBREX 51 43 90 89
PROAIR HFA 51 17 90 62
COMBIVENT 50 35 93 189
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 Dec. 6, 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.