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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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8,706Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 342 out of 780

$403K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 380 out of 780

374 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
88%Patients 65 Years and Older
13% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 374 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 8,000 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
SIMVASTATIN 467 415 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 434 405 2 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 402 384 3 12
CARVEDILOL 350 319 4 14
QUINAPRIL HCL 317 281 5 113
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 295 285 6 18
MELOXICAM 295 269 6 16
METFORMIN HCL 266 227 8 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 233 233 9 5
OMEPRAZOLE 232 208 10 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 224 204 11 10
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 208 195 12 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 147 133 13 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 145 140 14 20
NEXIUM 136 134 15 22
DIOVAN HCT 135 135 16 75
LISINOPRIL 131 125 17 6
FUROSEMIDE 120 120 18 7
BYSTOLIC 116 116 19 118
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 113 101 20 9
DIOVAN 104 104 21 55
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 101 84 22 17
RAMIPRIL 101 87 22 70
CRESTOR 100 96 24 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 93 90 25 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 91 78 26 23
SERTRALINE HCL 91 64 26 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 88 86 28 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 82 74 29 24
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 75 73 30 44
AZITHROMYCIN 74 65 31 38
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 70 64 32 61
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 67 58 33 64
ATENOLOL 64 64 34 21
DIGOXIN 63 53 35 56
TRAMADOL HCL 63 50 35 15
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 49 37 37
NAPROXEN 54 47 38 100
FENOFIBRATE 53 53 39 63
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 Dec. 30, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.