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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,783Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 252

$921K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 252

713 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
47% 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

8% of this provider’s 713 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 713 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,663 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$42 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
SIMVASTATIN 912 812 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 702 663 2 4
LISINOPRIL 665 577 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 661 555 4 1
OMEPRAZOLE 638 595 5 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 632 554 6 12
FUROSEMIDE 561 489 7 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 545 471 8 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 450 417 9 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 421 389 10 28
TRAMADOL HCL 405 361 11 17
METFORMIN HCL 384 323 12 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 364 275 13 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 343 296 14 10
GLIPIZIDE 337 311 15 52
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 311 209 S3 16 5
CARVEDILOL 311 278 16 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 302 253 18 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 301 270 19 19
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 299 281 20 24
NAMENDA 285 269 21 41
SERTRALINE HCL 264 210 22 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 259 253 23 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 250 232 24 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 249 223 25 16
RANITIDINE HCL 247 188 26 48
MELOXICAM 234 186 27 20
CLONIDINE HCL 233 231 28 35
DILTIAZEM ER 225 203 29 86
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 217 201 30 33
GABAPENTIN 213 143 31 11
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 211 197 32 104
RAMIPRIL 206 178 33 71
GLIPIZIDE ER 200 179 34 90
RISPERIDONE 200 127 34 81
TRAZODONE HCL 197 173 36 31
ALLOPURINOL 174 160 37 30
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 165 162 38 32
MIRTAZAPINE 164 162 39 58
DIOVAN 162 159 40 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 148 104 41 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 141 126 42 50
CLOPIDOGREL 137 111 43 29
ATENOLOL 136 117 44 18
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 132 98 45 113
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 123 94 46 21
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 122 122 47 49
BUSPIRONE HCL 117 94 48 119
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 104 91 49 56
LANTUS 103 91 50 55
NOVOLIN R 103 93 50 190
LOVASTATIN 102 88 52 39
DOXEPIN HCL 101 84 53 179
FAMOTIDINE 99 78 54 59
PLAVIX 91 78 55 43
GUANFACINE HCL 89 89 R 56 166
SPIRONOLACTONE 88 86 57 53
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 86 83 58 77
CYMBALTA 84 53 59 45
QUINAPRIL HCL 83 83 60 120
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 83 70 60 147
DIOVAN HCT 81 81 62 65
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 81 56 62 103
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 76 76 64 182
BENAZEPRIL HCL 75 62 65 80
FENOFIBRATE 71 55 66 64
NYSTATIN 70 63 67 171
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 70 55 67 72
NEXIUM 69 62 69 23
LYRICA 67 57 70 66
PAROXETINE HCL 67 56 70 75
ADVAIR DISKUS 64 53 72 63
NOVOLOG 63 39 73 106
LEVEMIR 59 51 74 180
INSULIN SYRINGE 58 27 75 93
NIASPAN 57 36 76 167
NYSTOP 56 52 77 225
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 56 45 77 92
DETROL LA 55 55 79 178
LANSOPRAZOLE 55 40 79 174
CEFUROXIME 54 46 81 114
PREDNISONE 53 50 82 42
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 53 50 82 134
PROAIR HFA 53 48 82 54
AMIODARONE HCL 52 49 85 142
DIGOXIN 51 44 86 44
FINASTERIDE 51 47 86 115
CRESTOR 50 32 88 34
GLIPIZIDE XL 50 48 88 237
ENABLEX 50 50 88 355
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 May 10, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.