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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,815Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 252

$1.06M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 252

639 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
16% 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 Arkansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 639 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 639 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 17,514 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

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 Arkansas
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,038 946 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 638 593 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 590 486 3 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 531 486 4 8
FUROSEMIDE 501 416 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 483 320 S3 6 5
GABAPENTIN 404 330 7 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 338 310 8 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 318 259 9 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 312 305 10 16
METFORMIN HCL 303 279 11 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 281 265 12 21
ATENOLOL 264 230 13 18
LISINOPRIL 258 216 14 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 258 226 14 12
TRAMADOL HCL 252 237 16 17
CYMBALTA 248 208 17 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 239 235 18 26
NEXIUM 235 198 19 23
MELOXICAM 230 217 20 20
CRESTOR 224 201 21 34
WARFARIN SODIUM 209 193 22 14
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 204 204 23 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 196 175 24 24
CLOPIDOGREL 193 153 25 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 193 169 25 19
ESTRADIOL 190 142 R 27 76
CITALOPRAM HBR 187 168 28 15
DIGOXIN 187 187 28 44
CARVEDILOL 183 180 30 22
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 182 170 31 62
AZITHROMYCIN 181 142 32 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 178 161 33 56
RAMIPRIL 175 153 34 71
NADOLOL 169 132 35 207
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 154 108 36 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 143 36 13
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 148 38 49
SPIRONOLACTONE 145 138 39 53
BYSTOLIC 141 139 40 99
DONEPEZIL HCL 140 140 41 28
CLONIDINE HCL 140 122 41 35
PLAVIX 134 111 43 43
PREDNISONE 133 115 44 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 129 115 45 61
TRAZODONE HCL 129 107 45 31
PROPRANOLOL HCL 125 109 47 111
GLIMEPIRIDE 124 100 48 40
DIOVAN HCT 122 114 49 65
EVISTA 116 116 50 91
DIOVAN 115 115 51 38
KLOR-CON M20 115 109 51 69
SERTRALINE HCL 106 87 53 27
ALLOPURINOL 102 94 54 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 97 55 32
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 94 93 R 56 46
TRICOR 93 81 57 145
ADVAIR DISKUS 91 81 58 63
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 90 83 59 123
FENOFIBRATE 88 73 60 64
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 86 86 61 110
SOTALOL 82 82 62 205
SPIRIVA 82 82 62 68
FLUOXETINE HCL 78 78 64 57
PAROXETINE HCL 78 69 64 75
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 75 58 R 66 51
EXFORGE 75 69 66 169
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 74 70 S2 68 175
CELEBREX 73 65 69 101
LYRICA 71 46 70 66
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 60 70 25
SINGULAIR 70 70 72 100
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 70 59 S2 72 144
DILTIAZEM ER 69 57 74 86
VERAPAMIL ER 69 57 74 83
ZOSTAVAX 67 64 76 227
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 66 56 77 182
LANSOPRAZOLE 65 65 78 174
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 64 46 S2 79 127
ZETIA 63 55 80 97
LIPITOR 57 57 81 112
LOVASTATIN 56 49 82 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 56 56 82 60
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 46 84 84
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 41 84 79
PREMARIN 55 54 R 84 116
PROPAFENONE HCL 54 54 87 221
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 54 87 67
CARISOPRODOL 53 27 R 89 70
NYSTATIN 52 50 90 171
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 52 50 90 181
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 Jan. 27, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.