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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,758Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 56 out of 780

$962K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 73 out of 780

561 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
61% 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 561 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 561 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 19,574 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 873 800 1 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 795 701 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 637 557 3 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 613 536 S3 4 1
SIMVASTATIN 581 540 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 578 532 6 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 528 476 7 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 492 423 8 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 384 309 9 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 381 339 10 9
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 370 370 11 79
CITALOPRAM HBR 358 334 12 23
TRAMADOL HCL 338 321 13 15
METFORMIN HCL 315 280 14 8
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 307 267 15 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 305 274 16 10
ATENOLOL 304 275 17 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 301 266 18 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 282 255 19 24
LISINOPRIL 269 238 20 6
GABAPENTIN 264 243 21 13
TRAZODONE HCL 256 236 22 35
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 251 221 23 19
CARVEDILOL 246 214 24 14
NEXIUM 218 152 25 22
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 217 194 26 18
CRESTOR 196 172 27 32
CLOPIDOGREL 195 178 28 34
BENAZEPRIL HCL 188 167 29 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 187 173 30 44
MIRTAZAPINE 187 182 30 58
NAMENDA 179 179 32 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 177 141 33 25
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 174 158 34 81
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 173 173 35 61
TAMSULOSIN HCL 167 161 36 36
EXELON 164 164 37 132
SERTRALINE HCL 163 147 38 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 162 162 39 31
KLOR-CON M20 161 134 40 57
CLONIDINE HCL 156 140 41 28
AZITHROMYCIN 145 114 42 38
FLUOXETINE HCL 134 131 43 65
PAROXETINE HCL 132 130 44 69
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 130 122 45 103
LANTUS 128 101 46 71
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 121 99 47 17
ALLOPURINOL 121 112 47 29
HUMULIN 70-30 120 97 49 106
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 101 50 33
VERAPAMIL ER 114 114 51 78
AMIODARONE HCL 112 112 52 139
GLIPIZIDE ER 111 88 53 109
PLAVIX 110 98 54 45
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 110 110 54 163
BUSPIRONE HCL 109 108 56 125
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 98 92 57 88
MELOXICAM 96 71 58 16
RANITIDINE HCL 96 96 58 39
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 95 85 60 92
DIOVAN 93 93 61 55
IBUPROFEN 93 62 61 93
NOVOLIN 70-30 88 87 63 164
GLYBURIDE 87 87 R 64 101
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 85 74 65 318
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 75 66 60
FELODIPINE ER 83 83 66 126
INSULIN SYRINGE 83 57 66 80
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 82 81 69 41
RISPERIDONE 81 77 70 98
SPIRONOLACTONE 79 77 71 53
DIGOXIN 75 75 72 56
FAMOTIDINE 74 63 73 86
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 73 73 74 119
PROAIR HFA 71 33 75 62
PROMETHAZINE HCL 70 62 R 76 66
DIOVAN HCT 69 69 77 75
NIFEDICAL XL 68 68 78 209
SPIRIVA 67 64 79 72
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65 53 80 148
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 54 81 117
GLIMEPIRIDE 61 61 82 30
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 61 49 82 162
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 61 42 R 82 42
AMOXICILLIN 61 51 82 99
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 59 59 86 214
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 39 87 133
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 58 58 87 210
RAMIPRIL 57 53 89 70
LEXAPRO 53 52 90 219
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 50 90 76
SEROQUEL 52 49 92 172
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 46 92 64
PREDNISONE 51 51 94 40
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 Nov. 9, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.