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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,877Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 68 out of 780

$682K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 174 out of 780

675 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
43% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 675 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 675 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 15,533 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$33 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 993 717 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 986 727 S3 2 1
METFORMIN HCL 635 434 3 8
SIMVASTATIN 614 490 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 475 363 5 5
ATENOLOL 471 370 6 21
LISINOPRIL 470 336 7 6
FUROSEMIDE 425 302 8 7
GLIPIZIDE 423 307 9 74
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 365 297 10 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 320 271 11 50
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 311 271 12 4
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 290 193 13 137
WARFARIN SODIUM 282 248 14 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 281 182 15 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 278 191 16 23
GABAPENTIN 268 181 17 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 251 188 18 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 240 224 19 36
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 239 174 20 182
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 238 165 21 10
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 220 169 22 19
CARVEDILOL 220 179 22 14
AZITHROMYCIN 218 166 24 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 218 151 24 41
SERTRALINE HCL 216 181 26 27
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 199 154 27 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 176 140 28 9
CLONIDINE HCL 173 120 29 28
NEXIUM 172 156 30 22
TRAZODONE HCL 171 103 31 35
CLOPIDOGREL 164 139 32 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 160 79 R 33 42
AMOXICILLIN 157 111 34 99
VENTOLIN HFA 153 86 35 91
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 150 122 36 92
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 142 103 37 88
FLUOXETINE HCL 133 95 38 65
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 132 107 39 20
MELOXICAM 122 99 40 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 121 121 41 31
PAROXETINE HCL 119 84 42 69
PREDNISONE 118 94 43 40
METFORMIN HCL ER 115 78 44 43
ALLOPURINOL 112 89 45 29
MECLIZINE HCL 108 102 46 83
TRAMADOL HCL 106 98 47 15
PROAIR HFA 105 73 48 62
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 103 38 R 49 48
DIGOXIN 100 86 50 56
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 100 74 50 185
CLARITHROMYCIN 100 72 50 349
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 97 85 53 148
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 95 78 54 156
BUMETANIDE 95 78 54 96
PLAVIX 95 79 54 45
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 95 78 54 18
GLIPIZIDE ER 91 51 58 109
ESTRADIOL 90 49 R 59 122
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 90 57 R 59 108
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 90 80 59 49
GEMFIBROZIL 88 55 62 104
MIRTAZAPINE 88 76 62 58
GLIMEPIRIDE 86 84 64 30
CRESTOR 85 51 65 32
PROMETHAZINE HCL 84 36 R 66 66
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 53 67 12
DICYCLOMINE HCL 82 59 67 213
PREMARIN 81 81 R 69 110
LEVOXYL 80 80 70 279
COLESTIPOL HCL 80 70 70 273
CYMBALTA 78 40 72 51
DILTIAZEM ER 76 72 73 134
CARAFATE 75 61 74 269
MUPIROCIN 75 45 74 173
BUPROPION HCL SR 74 0 76 193
TIZANIDINE HCL 71 43 77 82
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 71 71 77 37
KLOR-CON M20 70 44 79 57
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 70 58 79 135
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 55 81 95
FINASTERIDE 66 63 82 150
HYDROXYZINE HCL 66 41 R 82 155
METHOCARBAMOL 66 58 R 82 84
VERAPAMIL ER 65 45 85 78
NAMENDA 63 63 86 46
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 63 42 86 79
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 63 52 86 250
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 44 89 154
RANITIDINE HCL 62 43 89 39
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 61 54 91 140
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 59 26 92 102
ETODOLAC 58 36 93 174
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 23 94 124
IBUPROFEN 54 23 94 93
SPIRONOLACTONE 54 27 94 53
LACTULOSE 54 44 94 178
NYSTATIN 54 33 94 203
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 35 99 97
LYRICA 52 45 100 52
EVISTA 52 52 100 151
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. 22, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.