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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,799Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 132 out of 780

$638K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 203 out of 780

614 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
61%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

3% of this provider’s 614 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 614 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 11,405 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 858 647 1 10
OMEPRAZOLE 669 523 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 638 489 3 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 598 479 4 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 582 385 S3 5 1
METFORMIN HCL 470 358 6 8
SIMVASTATIN 405 323 7 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 397 314 8 4
NAPROXEN 331 238 9 100
GLIMEPIRIDE 330 239 10 30
CARVEDILOL 312 227 11 14
LISINOPRIL 302 201 12 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 302 257 12 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 284 161 14 9
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 273 216 15 112
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 240 160 16 12
GABAPENTIN 223 146 17 13
VERAPAMIL ER 211 179 18 78
CRESTOR 208 164 19 32
TRAMADOL HCL 202 140 20 15
CLONIDINE HCL 195 162 21 28
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 169 128 22 61
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 165 73 R 23 42
ACTOS 151 97 24 144
QUINAPRIL HCL 148 96 25 113
CEPHALEXIN 127 72 26 105
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 124 85 27 19
KLOR-CON 10 124 104 27 90
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 124 85 27 88
IBUPROFEN 120 69 30 93
AZITHROMYCIN 118 66 31 38
ALLOPURINOL 118 88 31 29
MELOXICAM 115 79 33 16
PROAIR HFA 112 62 34 62
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111 72 35 25
DIGOXIN 111 108 35 56
KLOR-CON M20 110 84 37 57
PREDNISONE 108 61 38 40
NEXIUM 105 67 39 22
ATENOLOL 98 80 40 21
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 93 62 41 102
CITALOPRAM HBR 90 55 42 23
TAMSULOSIN HCL 84 78 43 36
LANTUS 84 55 43 71
FAMOTIDINE 80 64 45 86
GLIPIZIDE 80 54 45 74
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 77 49 47 17
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 77 50 47 5
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 75 75 49 97
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 75 75 49 37
LYRICA 73 41 51 52
BUSPIRONE HCL 72 71 52 125
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 72 59 52 64
LEXAPRO 71 60 54 219
LOVASTATIN 71 46 54 47
DIOVAN HCT 66 64 56 75
CELEBREX 66 41 56 89
TIZANIDINE HCL 65 63 58 82
COLCRYS 65 46 58 131
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 37 58 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 62 30 61 50
FENTANYL 62 60 S2 61 107
PAROXETINE HCL 61 43 63 69
GLIPIZIDE ER 61 56 63 109
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 60 37 R 65 267
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 55 21 66 128
LACTULOSE 54 38 67 178
NOVOLIN 70-30 52 29 68 164
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 17 69 33
CLOPIDOGREL 51 39 69 34
INSULIN SYRINGE 50 35 71 80
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 45 71 54
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 April 20, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.