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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,324Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 780

$1.08M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 780

1,015 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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

4% of this provider’s 1,015 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 1,015 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 19,081 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

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 1,101 977 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 1,055 914 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 918 776 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 742 683 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 564 489 5 7
MELOXICAM 485 435 6 16
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 450 337 S3 7 1
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 443 376 8 26
GABAPENTIN 362 277 9 13
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 359 314 10 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 352 280 11 12
TRAZODONE HCL 345 310 12 35
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 308 287 13 9
METFORMIN HCL 298 222 14 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 292 243 15 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 292 248 15 20
SERTRALINE HCL 288 257 17 27
METFORMIN HCL ER 285 232 18 43
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 274 237 19 11
LISINOPRIL 261 245 20 6
TRAMADOL HCL 259 198 21 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 251 251 22 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 250 223 23 50
CITALOPRAM HBR 243 225 24 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 243 243 24 10
CYMBALTA 240 185 26 51
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 232 181 R 27 108
NEXIUM 232 155 27 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 231 213 29 19
NAMENDA 225 225 30 46
TAMSULOSIN HCL 216 213 31 36
ALLOPURINOL 210 153 32 29
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 205 181 33 95
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 200 189 34 25
CARVEDILOL 200 175 34 14
PREDNISONE 192 176 36 40
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 192 177 36 18
MIRTAZAPINE 175 170 38 58
ATENOLOL 162 145 39 21
AZITHROMYCIN 161 135 40 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 161 119 40 30
CELEBREX 158 140 42 89
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 150 124 43 81
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 144 131 44 79
ADVAIR DISKUS 139 114 45 68
SYNTHROID 129 119 46 77
WARFARIN SODIUM 129 114 46 24
LYRICA 120 81 48 52
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 117 100 R 49 48
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 114 94 50 117
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 113 102 51 49
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 101 52 61
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 101 101 53 44
BYSTOLIC 99 92 54 118
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 98 62 R 55 42
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98 73 55 41
FENOFIBRATE 97 87 57 63
ZETIA 93 92 58 94
DIOVAN 93 91 58 55
CRESTOR 92 74 60 32
PAROXETINE HCL 90 70 61 69
KLOR-CON 10 89 88 62 90
SPIRIVA 85 75 63 72
KLOR-CON M20 83 55 64 57
BUPROPION XL 83 60 64 177
CLONIDINE HCL 79 63 66 28
TRICOR 76 72 67 152
CLOPIDOGREL 75 75 68 34
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 72 67 69 37
MEGESTROL ACETATE 70 64 R 70 161
MECLIZINE HCL 70 70 70 83
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 70 70 70 148
PROMETHAZINE HCL 70 21 R 70 66
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 69 46 74 60
LANTUS 68 48 75 71
CEPHALEXIN 67 63 76 105
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 67 52 76 92
AGGRENOX 64 50 78 233
MICARDIS HCT 64 36 78 328
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 63 52 80 88
INSULIN SYRINGE 62 35 81 80
AMIODARONE HCL 60 60 82 139
PREMARIN 58 57 R 83 110
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 58 49 83 154
SEROQUEL 58 52 83 172
FLUCONAZOLE 57 48 86 111
DILTIAZEM ER 57 55 86 134
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 47 86 140
COLCRYS 56 45 89 131
BENICAR 56 56 89 207
ROPINIROLE HCL 54 46 91 87
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 41 92 54
RAMIPRIL 51 44 93 70
GEMFIBROZIL 51 45 93 104
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 8, 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.