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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,003Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 780

$1.53M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 780

814 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

7% of this provider’s 814 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

50% of this provider’s 814 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 19,422 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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 2,468 1,054 S3 1 1
CARVEDILOL 1,059 540 2 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,049 745 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 1,016 565 4 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,000 631 5 4
SIMVASTATIN 846 501 6 2
FUROSEMIDE 746 491 7 7
MELOXICAM 676 384 8 16
GABAPENTIN 617 338 9 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 580 470 10 24
CARISOPRODOL 528 138 R 11 67
METFORMIN HCL 517 264 12 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 513 350 13 11
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 478 243 10 14 92
LISINOPRIL 461 247 15 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 413 288 16 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 402 253 17 25
SPIRONOLACTONE 388 234 18 53
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 357 213 19 18
HYDRALAZINE HCL 353 172 20 54
DIOVAN 318 193 21 55
NAMENDA 312 284 22 46
DONEPEZIL HCL 292 281 23 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 281 108 24 17
CLONIDINE HCL 276 114 25 28
ATENOLOL 273 178 26 21
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 268 140 27 9
AMOXICILLIN 256 103 28 99
ROPINIROLE HCL 256 122 28 87
DIOVAN HCT 251 154 30 75
TRAMADOL HCL 244 123 31 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 233 132 32 23
RANITIDINE HCL 227 124 33 39
SERTRALINE HCL 226 177 34 27
DIGOXIN 223 143 35 56
RISPERIDONE 213 169 36 98
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 202 124 37 10
AZITHROMYCIN 200 112 38 38
CLOPIDOGREL 197 132 39 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 196 127 40 12
PLAVIX 193 143 41 45
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 193 120 41 33
LYRICA 179 106 43 52
VENTOLIN HFA 174 69 44 91
NEXIUM 168 101 45 22
METHOCARBAMOL 165 50 R 46 84
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 164 103 47 19
SINGULAIR 162 88 48 73
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 162 115 48 81
PROMETHAZINE HCL 161 70 R 50 66
PAROXETINE HCL 156 113 51 69
MECLIZINE HCL 155 124 52 83
TAMSULOSIN HCL 153 114 53 36
TOPIRAMATE 152 83 54 145
CYMBALTA 150 69 55 51
TRAZODONE HCL 150 104 55 35
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 148 53 R 57 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 147 89 58 20
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 142 95 59 49
LEVOFLOXACIN 138 77 60 76
FLUCONAZOLE 136 78 61 111
MEGESTROL ACETATE 134 102 R 62 161
METOLAZONE 132 83 63 195
LANTUS 131 88 64 71
PROAIR HFA 130 35 65 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 129 51 66 61
GLIPIZIDE ER 126 77 67 109
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 125 67 68 166
BYSTOLIC 124 84 69 118
OLANZAPINE 123 99 70 191
INSULIN SYRINGE 123 49 70 80
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 122 54 72 102
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 121 55 73 128
IBUPROFEN 115 42 74 93
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 41 74 95
GEMFIBROZIL 114 41 76 104
PREMARIN 113 75 R 77 110
PRIMIDONE 112 78 78 199
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 110 44 79 41
ABILIFY 105 25 80 197
FAMOTIDINE 104 73 81 86
MIRTAZAPINE 100 47 82 58
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 100 28 R 82 235
LABETALOL HCL 99 50 84 159
LAMOTRIGINE 93 37 85 205
MUPIROCIN 91 62 86 173
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 91 25 86 250
LOVAZA 91 57 86 183
RAMIPRIL 90 44 89 70
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 61 90 65
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 86 38 R 91 42
KLOR-CON M20 85 61 92 57
QUINAPRIL HCL 83 64 93 113
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 73 93 44
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 83 41 93 154
KLOR-CON 10 82 64 96 90
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 24 97 68
ALLOPURINOL 81 58 97 29
NOVOLOG 81 31 97 158
LEVEMIR 80 34 100 198
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 80 35 100 120
EXELON 79 79 102 132
CEPHALEXIN 79 49 102 105
JANUVIA 77 40 104 85
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 77 44 104 143
CRESTOR 76 56 106 32
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 76 35 106 119
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 72 33 108 64
VESICARE 70 50 109 186
COLCRYS 70 60 109 131
GLIPIZIDE 70 26 109 74
HYDROXYZINE HCL 69 51 R 112 155
DILTIAZEM ER 69 51 112 134
SPIRIVA 69 28 112 72
PEN NEEDLE 67 27 115 136
TIZANIDINE HCL 66 28 116 82
DICYCLOMINE HCL 65 47 117 213
SUCRALFATE 65 34 117 149
BENAZEPRIL HCL 64 36 119 59
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 46 119 79
FENTANYL 63 45 S2 121 107
SEROQUEL 62 50 122 172
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 61 40 123 60
BENICAR HCT 60 47 124 220
HUMULIN R 60 35 124 228
PROPRANOLOL HCL 60 41 124 133
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 59 23 127 135
BUPROPION HCL SR 59 21 127 193
HUMULIN 70-30 59 13 127 106
PREDNISONE 59 31 127 40
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 13 131 121
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 58 35 131 179
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 58 42 131 37
VENLAFAXINE HCL 58 38 131 226
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 57 27 135 124
NIFEDIPINE ER 57 44 135 115
LANSOPRAZOLE 57 24 135 184
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 56 56 R 138 242
HUMALOG 56 30 138 192
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 55 48 140 218
CELEBREX 53 37 141 89
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 36 142 117
AMIODARONE HCL 52 40 142 139
BUSPIRONE HCL 50 40 144 125
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 Aug. 26, 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.