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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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26,285Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 780

$1.14M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 42 out of 780

541 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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

9% of this provider’s 541 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

39% of this provider’s 541 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 19,689 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

49 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 2,110 1,121 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 971 759 2 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 939 785 3 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 723 595 4 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 685 510 5 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 606 487 6 5
SIMVASTATIN 603 508 7 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 507 442 8 20
BUMETANIDE 500 425 9 96
FUROSEMIDE 495 442 10 7
PREDNISONE 448 333 11 40
GABAPENTIN 444 358 12 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 352 315 13 24
NEXIUM 319 226 14 22
METFORMIN HCL 309 202 15 8
SERTRALINE HCL 304 213 16 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 293 293 17 31
ATENOLOL 288 213 18 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 284 225 19 12
TRAMADOL HCL 278 182 20 15
RANITIDINE HCL 277 187 21 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 277 246 21 19
CARVEDILOL 247 211 23 14
CEFDINIR 246 181 24 180
CITALOPRAM HBR 239 202 25 23
DILTIAZEM ER 230 164 26 134
GLIMEPIRIDE 227 124 27 30
BENAZEPRIL HCL 227 186 27 59
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 225 106 29 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 213 202 30 10
ADVAIR DISKUS 209 129 31 68
DIOVAN 204 172 32 55
METHOCARBAMOL 197 111 R 33 84
AZITHROMYCIN 196 128 34 38
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 193 143 35 25
CLOPIDOGREL 192 140 36 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 187 152 37 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 180 133 38 53
RAMIPRIL 180 126 38 70
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 172 123 40 18
PRADAXA 159 149 41 255
GUANFACINE HCL 157 131 R 42 240
SUCRALFATE 156 121 43 149
METFORMIN HCL ER 149 101 44 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 145 132 45 79
ZETIA 142 139 46 94
LISINOPRIL 141 103 47 6
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 139 80 48 241
BACLOFEN 138 63 49 153
LANTUS 138 114 49 71
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 137 71 51 41
PAROXETINE HCL 127 106 52 69
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 122 113 53 64
SINGULAIR 119 72 54 73
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 118 70 S2 55 141
PLAVIX 118 90 55 45
KLOR-CON 10 117 105 57 90
LIPITOR 116 109 58 175
MECLIZINE HCL 115 109 59 83
CEPHALEXIN 113 84 60 105
FENOFIBRATE 113 71 60 63
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 113 67 60 102
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 108 86 63 81
ALLOPURINOL 107 95 64 29
CLONIDINE HCL 100 90 65 28
CRESTOR 97 77 66 32
RISPERIDONE 95 51 67 98
MELOXICAM 94 59 68 16
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 92 78 69 128
PREMARIN 91 66 R 70 110
AMIODARONE HCL 89 66 71 139
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 86 57 72 154
FENTANYL 86 76 S2 72 107
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 83 67 74 44
DIGOXIN 82 76 75 56
VERAPAMIL ER 80 74 76 78
SYNTHROID 80 71 76 77
INSULIN SYRINGE 78 61 78 80
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 78 52 78 88
NIFEDICAL XL 78 70 78 209
LOVASTATIN 76 60 81 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 60 82 26
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 74 53 82 138
NAMENDA 73 73 84 46
OXYCONTIN 73 35 S2 84 165
HYDROCORTISONE 73 69 84 354
FLUOXETINE HCL 72 37 87 65
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 56 88 49
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 71 35 88 120
BUSPIRONE HCL 68 27 90 125
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 57 91 37
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 62 39 R 92 48
ACTOS 62 51 92 144
ONDANSETRON HCL 61 47 94 234
COLCRYS 61 43 94 131
GLIPIZIDE 60 43 96 74
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 44 96 87
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 55 96 60
DOXEPIN HCL 58 58 99 170
SEROQUEL 58 51 99 172
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57 36 R 101 66
VENTOLIN HFA 56 30 102 91
MUPIROCIN 56 44 102 173
NOVOLOG 54 46 104 158
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 52 40 105 143
TOPIRAMATE 51 14 106 145
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 47 106 124
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 0 S2 108 187
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 Oct. 28, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.