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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,885Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 780

$1.32M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 23 out of 780

1,022 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
34% 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 1,022 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 1,022 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 18,481 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,035 764 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,029 858 2 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 841 663 3 12
OMEPRAZOLE 672 528 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 638 513 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 616 488 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 591 482 7 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 486 472 8 20
LISINOPRIL 460 351 9 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 449 405 10 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 382 316 11 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 379 243 12 17
ATENOLOL 358 282 13 21
SERTRALINE HCL 333 302 14 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 331 272 15 19
GABAPENTIN 315 233 16 13
CARVEDILOL 274 223 17 14
NEXIUM 272 171 18 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 251 189 19 11
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 251 223 19 33
GLIMEPIRIDE 242 234 21 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 236 167 22 25
CRESTOR 235 201 23 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 231 180 24 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 212 187 25 50
METFORMIN HCL 208 121 26 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 206 173 27 24
FENOFIBRATE 196 179 28 63
MELOXICAM 193 135 29 16
CLONIDINE HCL 191 145 30 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 185 148 31 64
CITALOPRAM HBR 183 116 32 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 168 156 33 36
TRAZODONE HCL 159 116 34 35
TRAMADOL HCL 156 102 35 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 154 130 36 18
CYMBALTA 154 89 36 51
CLOPIDOGREL 150 114 38 34
AZITHROMYCIN 148 120 39 38
SPIRIVA 148 128 39 72
LYRICA 148 81 39 52
LEVOFLOXACIN 143 116 42 76
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 141 119 43 49
PAROXETINE HCL 128 103 44 69
ALLOPURINOL 127 113 45 29
FLUOXETINE HCL 124 86 46 65
TIZANIDINE HCL 121 71 47 82
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 114 107 48 61
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 113 77 49 88
ADVAIR DISKUS 113 62 49 68
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 108 79 51 41
PREDNISONE 107 92 52 40
MIRTAZAPINE 105 96 53 58
ROPINIROLE HCL 104 82 54 87
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 104 71 54 79
JANUMET 103 80 56 208
PLAVIX 103 87 56 45
EXFORGE HCT 96 75 58 284
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 91 78 59 37
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 91 63 59 154
INSULIN SYRINGE 90 69 61 80
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 89 51 62 117
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 88 83 63 60
METFORMIN HCL ER 88 50 63 43
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 85 63 95
BYSTOLIC 87 78 66 118
SYNTHROID 86 69 67 77
VERAPAMIL ER 85 76 68 78
KLOR-CON M20 83 65 69 57
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 80 50 70 112
DIOVAN HCT 75 66 71 75
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 75 48 71 211
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 49 R 73 48
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 72 22 S2 74 141
SINGULAIR 71 37 75 73
DONEPEZIL HCL 71 71 75 31
HYDROXYZINE HCL 71 47 R 75 155
GLIPIZIDE 71 38 75 74
PROAIR HFA 70 54 79 62
QUINAPRIL HCL 70 70 79 113
PROPRANOLOL HCL 69 40 81 133
PREMARIN 69 34 R 81 110
IBUPROFEN 69 57 81 93
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 68 32 R 84 42
METHOCARBAMOL 68 15 R 84 84
CELEBREX 67 58 86 89
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 65 63 87 179
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64 49 88 59
RANITIDINE HCL 61 54 89 39
DIGOXIN 60 54 90 56
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 60 59 S3 90 116
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 60 42 90 81
PEN NEEDLE 59 32 93 136
AVODART 59 59 93 255
PROMETHAZINE HCL 59 24 R 93 66
SUBOXONE 58 0 96 157
LOVASTATIN 58 53 96 47
FINASTERIDE 58 41 96 150
RAMIPRIL 56 50 99 70
ESTRADIOL 56 42 R 99 122
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 55 50 101 92
FLUCONAZOLE 55 37 101 111
EXELON 54 54 103 132
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54 41 103 54
MECLIZINE HCL 54 48 103 83
BENICAR HCT 51 51 106 220
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 June 1, 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.