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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,138Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 54 out of 780

$803K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 124 out of 780

916 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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

5% of this provider’s 916 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 916 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 16,559 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,187 961 1 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 857 546 S3 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 798 674 3 4
ATENOLOL 744 649 4 21
SIMVASTATIN 708 585 5 2
LOVASTATIN 639 592 6 47
LISINOPRIL 516 414 7 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 501 400 8 10
OMEPRAZOLE 499 365 9 3
METFORMIN HCL 420 290 10 8
FUROSEMIDE 396 302 11 7
NEXIUM 383 255 12 22
TRAMADOL HCL 382 309 13 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 338 309 14 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 335 228 15 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 330 262 16 11
MELOXICAM 303 233 17 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 284 209 18 19
TRAZODONE HCL 278 186 19 35
AZITHROMYCIN 262 176 20 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 259 232 21 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 247 210 22 26
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 239 170 23 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 239 179 23 25
METFORMIN HCL ER 224 150 25 43
GLIPIZIDE ER 214 179 26 109
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 208 128 27 9
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 199 81 R 28 42
GABAPENTIN 188 137 29 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 187 135 30 20
SYNTHROID 179 179 31 77
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 170 135 32 182
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 164 111 R 33 48
CARVEDILOL 151 124 34 14
FLUOXETINE HCL 149 76 35 65
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 140 111 36 18
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 139 107 37 162
CLONIDINE HCL 137 106 38 28
SERTRALINE HCL 134 103 39 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 132 103 40 24
RANITIDINE HCL 127 69 41 39
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 117 105 42 44
BENAZEPRIL HCL 117 100 42 59
DIOVAN 117 89 42 55
PROMETHAZINE HCL 117 43 R 42 66
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 109 96 46 148
TAMSULOSIN HCL 108 92 47 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 106 106 48 31
HUMULIN 70-30 106 67 48 106
IBUPROFEN 104 36 50 93
QUINAPRIL HCL 103 98 51 113
CRESTOR 102 64 52 32
METHOCARBAMOL 102 54 R 52 84
ESTRADIOL 101 66 R 54 122
PROAIR HFA 96 45 55 62
DIGOXIN 95 86 56 56
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 71 57 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 91 56 58 41
GEMFIBROZIL 90 49 59 104
CYMBALTA 88 16 60 51
DIOVAN HCT 87 81 61 75
CLOPIDOGREL 86 67 62 34
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 84 63 63 112
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 84 63 188
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 81 64 65 49
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 80 70 R 66 108
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 80 64 66 64
JANUVIA 80 59 66 85
GLIPIZIDE XL 79 56 69 176
GLIPIZIDE 78 60 70 74
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 77 56 S3 71 116
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 77 65 71 117
LYRICA 76 57 73 52
MECLIZINE HCL 75 71 74 83
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 74 38 75 92
NAPROXEN 74 43 75 100
PROPRANOLOL HCL 73 38 77 133
COMBIVENT 71 52 78 189
MIRTAZAPINE 69 57 79 58
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 57 80 50
TAZTIA XT 67 32 80 407
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 66 33 82 61
KLOR-CON M20 66 48 82 57
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 56 84 124
DILTIAZEM ER 62 62 85 134
PREMARIN 61 48 R 86 110
ALLOPURINOL 59 53 87 29
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 59 59 87 169
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 39 89 80
EVISTA 58 55 89 151
PLAVIX 56 41 91 45
LANSOPRAZOLE 56 32 91 184
AMOXICILLIN 54 42 93 99
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 54 32 93 97
GLIMEPIRIDE 54 45 93 30
TERAZOSIN HCL 53 50 96 160
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 52 97 53
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 52 97 95
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 40 99 102
VERAPAMIL ER 50 28 100 78
ACTOS 50 40 100 144
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, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.