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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,068Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 95 out of 780

$845K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 110 out of 780

516 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
40% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 516 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 516 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 12,441 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

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 976 590 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 618 497 2 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 477 402 3 19
SIMVASTATIN 466 404 4 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 459 288 5 9
OMEPRAZOLE 423 299 6 3
LISINOPRIL 355 216 7 6
GABAPENTIN 327 204 8 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 310 221 9 18
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 301 228 10 25
MELOXICAM 262 192 11 16
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 242 62 S2 12 141
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 242 191 12 10
TIZANIDINE HCL 224 107 14 82
TRAZODONE HCL 224 125 14 35
CYMBALTA 220 122 16 51
TRAMADOL HCL 215 172 17 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 210 179 18 4
ALLOPURINOL 204 179 19 29
CITALOPRAM HBR 202 119 20 23
CLOPIDOGREL 191 140 21 34
FUROSEMIDE 184 140 22 7
OXYCODONE HCL 176 25 S2 23 123
ATENOLOL 169 131 24 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 168 66 25 17
FLUOXETINE HCL 161 63 26 65
DONEPEZIL HCL 156 144 27 31
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 154 97 28 92
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 154 127 28 44
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 152 105 30 12
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 139 31 36
CLONIDINE HCL 148 87 32 28
CARVEDILOL 147 128 33 14
METFORMIN HCL ER 141 119 34 43
PAROXETINE HCL 140 104 35 69
PLAVIX 139 96 36 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 133 85 37 20
SERTRALINE HCL 127 117 38 27
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 113 39 33
LEVETIRACETAM 126 86 39 130
MIRTAZAPINE 125 81 41 58
LYRICA 124 73 42 52
WARFARIN SODIUM 119 116 43 24
MORPHINE SULFATE 119 34 S2 43 258
GLIMEPIRIDE 115 87 45 30
HYDRALAZINE HCL 114 93 46 54
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 113 94 47 11
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 112 91 48 64
TORSEMIDE 109 107 49 114
EVISTA 109 109 49 151
METFORMIN HCL 108 66 51 8
DIGOXIN 108 94 51 56
NEXIUM 108 62 51 22
CARISOPRODOL 103 24 R 54 67
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 100 53 55 88
BUPROPION XL 99 52 56 177
FENTANYL 95 26 S2 57 107
NAMENDA 91 91 58 46
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 63 58 26
LOVASTATIN 90 80 60 47
SYNTHROID 89 54 61 77
TOPIRAMATE 88 17 62 145
CRESTOR 88 55 62 32
PROMETHAZINE HCL 84 53 R 64 66
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 84 45 64 102
OXYCONTIN 81 0 S2 66 165
METHOCARBAMOL 77 53 R 67 84
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 77 75 67 156
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 56 69 41
PRIMIDONE 74 51 70 199
PREDNISONE 74 66 70 40
NAPROXEN 72 46 72 100
METHYLPHENIDATE HCL 72 36 72 296
METHADONE HCL 71 17 S2 74 127
IBUPROFEN 70 37 75 93
KLOR-CON M20 69 45 76 57
ESTRADIOL 68 53 R 77 122
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 65 51 78 49
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 23 79 87
DIOVAN 61 45 80 55
RISPERIDONE 61 30 80 98
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 24 R 82 42
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 60 57 82 124
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 59 40 84 137
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 18 S2 84 146
ENDOCET 57 0 S2 86 129
PREMARIN 57 35 R 86 110
VENLAFAXINE HCL 57 51 86 226
WELCHOL 56 32 89 272
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 43 90 117
FAMOTIDINE 55 49 90 86
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 54 39 S3 92 116
AMOXICILLIN 50 35 93 99
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 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.