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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,449Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 80 out of 780

$957K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 74 out of 780

731 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

5% of this provider’s 731 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 731 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 15,674 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$49 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,084 890 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 709 443 S3 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 707 604 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 577 494 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 545 449 5 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 496 406 6 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 485 420 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 367 253 8 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 363 298 9 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 353 271 10 11
NAMENDA 352 352 11 46
LISINOPRIL 318 255 12 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 282 242 13 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 260 255 14 31
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 254 239 15 81
CARVEDILOL 250 189 16 14
GABAPENTIN 247 201 17 13
TRAMADOL HCL 237 192 18 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 217 143 19 17
FAMOTIDINE 216 198 20 86
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 214 202 21 18
ATENOLOL 210 189 22 21
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 203 178 23 61
CLONIDINE HCL 196 134 24 28
MELOXICAM 196 172 24 16
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 189 136 26 64
NEXIUM 174 132 27 22
CLOPIDOGREL 167 141 28 34
LANTUS 162 121 29 71
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 151 111 30 25
CITALOPRAM HBR 148 133 31 23
DIGOXIN 147 136 32 56
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 146 141 33 119
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 131 124 34 20
MUPIROCIN 130 97 35 173
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 127 95 36 12
PROMETHAZINE HCL 126 53 R 37 66
TAMSULOSIN HCL 123 114 38 36
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 121 80 39 102
PLAVIX 119 109 40 45
ALLOPURINOL 118 103 41 29
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 114 110 42 19
EXELON 113 112 43 132
TRAZODONE HCL 111 101 44 35
ROPINIROLE HCL 109 86 45 87
KLOR-CON M20 107 74 46 57
GLYBURIDE 104 79 R 47 101
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 97 76 48 41
SERTRALINE HCL 90 72 49 27
MIRTAZAPINE 89 89 50 58
FLUOXETINE HCL 88 72 51 65
GLIPIZIDE 88 70 51 74
NOVOLIN R 88 71 51 212
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 87 71 54 216
MEGESTROL ACETATE 85 83 R 55 161
CRESTOR 83 78 56 32
SEROQUEL 83 80 56 172
LYRICA 83 68 56 52
SYNTHROID 81 80 59 77
MECLIZINE HCL 80 67 60 83
GLIMEPIRIDE 79 70 61 30
PREDNISONE 78 69 62 40
AMOXICILLIN 77 53 63 99
OLANZAPINE 77 70 63 191
ZETIA 75 66 65 94
METHOCARBAMOL 74 51 R 66 84
LEVETIRACETAM 73 21 67 130
LEVOFLOXACIN 71 54 68 76
NYSTATIN 70 63 69 203
INSULIN SYRINGE 70 49 69 80
PAROXETINE HCL 67 65 71 69
HUMULIN R 67 46 71 228
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 67 66 71 163
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 65 45 74 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 51 74 49
QUINAPRIL HCL 63 47 76 113
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 62 62 77 238
LEXAPRO 62 56 77 219
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 37 77 26
HYDROXYZINE HCL 62 44 R 77 155
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 48 R 77 48
PROAIR HFA 59 33 82 62
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 58 45 83 88
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 58 83 53
JANUVIA 57 52 85 85
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 57 46 85 179
ADVAIR DISKUS 57 33 85 68
AGGRENOX 53 44 88 233
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 51 15 R 89 42
BACLOFEN 51 15 89 153
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. 16, 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.