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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,451Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 440 out of 780

$322K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 465 out of 780

332 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
94%Patients 65 Years and Older
7% 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

9% of this provider’s 332 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 6,098 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 283 272 1 5
SIMVASTATIN 263 248 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 240 213 3 4
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 238 222 4 12
OMEPRAZOLE 231 223 5 3
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 198 197 6 18
TRAMADOL HCL 142 108 7 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 135 8 33
SYNTHROID 124 124 9 77
FUROSEMIDE 118 110 10 7
ATENOLOL 117 105 11 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 114 113 12 20
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 106 98 13 17
MELOXICAM 102 97 14 16
RAMIPRIL 101 101 15 70
CRESTOR 99 94 16 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95 82 17 36
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 90 88 18 37
NEXIUM 87 87 19 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 87 73 S3 19 1
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 83 80 21 41
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 75 22 61
DONEPEZIL HCL 64 64 23 31
GABAPENTIN 63 63 24 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 63 63 24 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 62 55 26 23
LISINOPRIL 59 59 27 6
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 56 56 28 162
SERTRALINE HCL 55 55 29 27
BUPROPION XL 51 47 30 177
CLOPIDOGREL 50 45 31 34
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 July 17, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.