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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,125Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 7 out of 780

$1.46M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 15 out of 780

719 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
55%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

12% of this provider’s 719 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

59% of this provider’s 719 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 19,373 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 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 3,621 1,558 S3 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,625 1,091 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 1,067 701 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 1,002 621 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 965 601 5 3
CARISOPRODOL 910 234 R 6 67
MELOXICAM 670 355 7 16
LISINOPRIL 658 452 8 6
GABAPENTIN 655 404 9 13
HYDRALAZINE HCL 632 475 10 54
AMOXICILLIN 575 247 10 11 99
CLONIDINE HCL 516 259 12 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 448 303 13 19
CARVEDILOL 429 281 14 14
METFORMIN HCL 412 252 15 8
PENTOXIFYLLINE 395 284 16 266
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 394 95 17 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 376 207 18 50
NEXIUM 363 180 19 22
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 334 269 20 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 317 178 21 18
PROMETHAZINE HCL 304 108 R 22 66
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 301 240 23 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 295 187 24 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 255 240 25 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 240 166 26 26
ALLOPURINOL 227 157 27 29
TRAMADOL HCL 223 146 28 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 202 110 29 10
METHADONE HCL 196 51 S2 30 127
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 193 102 31 49
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 185 71 R 32 42
CLOPIDOGREL 183 140 33 34
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 180 137 34 44
NOVOLOG 169 107 35 158
DIOVAN 169 98 35 55
INSULIN SYRINGE 166 96 37 80
MIRTAZAPINE 163 111 38 58
CEPHALEXIN 162 75 39 105
TAMSULOSIN HCL 158 107 40 36
RISPERIDONE 157 87 41 98
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 153 107 42 20
LANTUS 151 95 43 71
NIFEDIPINE ER 150 93 44 115
MORPHINE SULFATE 148 14 S2 45 258
NAMENDA 148 148 45 46
WARFARIN SODIUM 147 56 47 24
PAROXETINE HCL 145 68 48 69
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 142 91 49 25
LACTULOSE 139 64 50 178
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 136 64 51 211
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 135 85 52 33
LYRICA 135 75 52 52
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 133 128 54 60
RANITIDINE HCL 131 93 55 39
KLOR-CON M20 129 78 56 57
NIFEDICAL XL 129 105 56 209
IBUPROFEN 128 51 58 93
ATENOLOL 127 96 59 21
DILTIAZEM ER 126 79 60 134
LEVEMIR 125 74 61 198
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 125 51 61 166
COLCRYS 123 64 63 131
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 123 93 63 97
PROAIR HFA 122 48 65 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 122 83 65 61
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 120 81 67 179
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 120 97 R 67 108
PLAVIX 120 102 67 45
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 119 51 70 119
SINGULAIR 115 53 71 73
DIOVAN HCT 113 74 72 75
NOVOFINE 113 62 10 72 376
LOVASTATIN 110 82 74 47
GLIMEPIRIDE 105 63 75 30
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 104 88 S3 76 116
TIZANIDINE HCL 100 40 77 82
ADVAIR DISKUS 100 45 77 68
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 99 68 79 37
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 97 44 80 281
FLUCONAZOLE 97 25 80 111
SPIRONOLACTONE 96 72 82 53
HUMALOG 92 56 83 192
LEVETIRACETAM 88 26 84 130
SERTRALINE HCL 87 39 85 27
LABETALOL HCL 85 36 86 159
TRAZODONE HCL 85 55 86 35
VENTOLIN HFA 85 46 86 91
DIGOXIN 84 66 89 56
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 84 58 89 185
AZITHROMYCIN 82 31 91 38
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 81 34 92 102
EXFORGE 81 67 92 196
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 81 44 92 9
AGGRENOX 80 45 95 233
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 79 78 96 124
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 78 47 97 163
HYDROXYZINE HCL 77 39 R 98 155
ROPINIROLE HCL 76 40 99 87
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 76 30 99 135
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 75 47 101 81
TOPIRAMATE 75 21 101 145
MEGESTROL ACETATE 75 56 R 101 161
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 74 48 104 154
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 74 37 104 112
DETROL LA 71 56 106 215
CYMBALTA 71 24 106 51
CARAFATE 70 36 108 269
CRESTOR 70 47 108 32
MISOPROSTOL 70 15 108 364
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 69 41 111 128
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 69 41 111 169
GLIPIZIDE 68 39 113 74
HUMULIN 70-30 68 43 113 106
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 67 0 S2 115 141
TERAZOSIN HCL 67 31 115 160
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 66 41 117 79
LIDOCAINE HCL VISCOUS 66 35 117 409
GENERLAC 65 53 119 246
KLOR-CON M10 65 56 119 168
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 32 121 41
JANUVIA 61 35 122 85
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 28 R 123 48
FLUOXETINE HCL 59 0 124 65
CLEMASTINE FUMARATE 59 32 R 124 419
VERAPAMIL ER 58 46 126 78
NAPROXEN 58 40 126 100
LIDODERM 57 44 128 224
MECLIZINE HCL 57 41 128 83
CIMETIDINE 57 33 128 317
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 57 32 128 138
AMIODARONE HCL 56 26 132 139
NISOLDIPINE 56 33 132 429
IRBESARTAN 56 35 132 304
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 56 30 132 120
ENABLEX 56 53 132 260
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 55 20 137 64
BACLOFEN 54 0 138 153
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 53 23 139 92
ESTRADIOL 51 31 R 140 122
SPIRIVA 51 45 140 72
ACTONEL 51 47 140 264
PROMETHAZINE VC 51 22 R 140 348
AMANTADINE 51 12 140 446
FAMOTIDINE 51 39 140 86
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 June 24, 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.