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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,480Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 780

$847K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 107 out of 780

881 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
57% 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

18% of this provider’s 881 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

37% of this provider’s 881 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 13,731 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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 1,782 897 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 599 371 2 3
METHADONE HCL 507 133 S2 3 127
MELOXICAM 480 259 4 16
FUROSEMIDE 453 303 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 453 314 5 4
GABAPENTIN 427 257 7 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 422 308 8 5
SIMVASTATIN 354 305 9 2
CARISOPRODOL 349 103 R 10 67
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 303 247 11 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 275 173 12 25
LISINOPRIL 270 184 13 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 268 183 14 9
METFORMIN HCL ER 257 169 15 43
CLONIDINE HCL 250 95 16 28
PROMETHAZINE HCL 250 102 R 16 66
METFORMIN HCL 243 131 18 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 241 155 19 19
CARVEDILOL 239 176 20 14
TRAMADOL HCL 234 137 21 15
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 227 150 22 49
WARFARIN SODIUM 221 151 23 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 198 117 24 10
ALLOPURINOL 196 135 25 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 192 102 26 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 190 110 27 23
FENTANYL 184 57 S2 28 107
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 182 73 R 29 42
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 175 63 R 30 48
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 172 104 31 12
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 170 29 S2 32 141
KLOR-CON M20 161 117 33 57
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 161 83 33 11
LOVASTATIN 156 104 35 47
IBUPROFEN 156 73 35 93
TRAZODONE HCL 140 53 37 35
NAPROXEN 140 50 37 100
TAMSULOSIN HCL 140 110 37 36
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 83 40 26
ATENOLOL 126 80 41 21
LEVOFLOXACIN 126 89 41 76
RANITIDINE HCL 125 68 43 39
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 123 85 44 37
NEXIUM 120 80 45 22
TIZANIDINE HCL 120 27 45 82
PREDNISONE 115 75 47 40
FINASTERIDE 114 103 48 150
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 87 49 95
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 111 99 50 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 111 77 50 61
KLOR-CON 10 110 77 52 90
CEPHALEXIN 104 60 53 105
GLIMEPIRIDE 102 85 54 30
GLIPIZIDE ER 102 58 54 109
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 101 93 56 60
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 100 55 57 102
BACLOFEN 98 28 58 153
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 97 59 S3 59 116
GUANFACINE HCL 95 31 R 60 240
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 92 63 61 18
METHOCARBAMOL 92 36 R 61 84
PIROXICAM 91 58 63 325
AZITHROMYCIN 90 52 64 38
SERTRALINE HCL 90 50 64 27
DIGOXIN 90 88 64 56
ETODOLAC 89 58 67 174
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 88 66 68 97
OXYCONTIN 86 17 S2 69 165
DONEPEZIL HCL 85 61 70 31
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 82 32 71 135
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 82 53 71 103
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 80 47 73 88
FAMOTIDINE 80 67 73 86
BENAZEPRIL HCL 78 42 75 59
FLURBIPROFEN 78 30 75 332
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 78 43 75 81
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 77 61 78 185
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 76 33 79 143
QUINAPRIL HCL 74 22 80 113
PEN NEEDLE 74 45 80 136
BUMETANIDE 74 53 80 96
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 61 83 53
VERAPAMIL ER 71 55 83 78
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 70 31 R 85 108
CLOPIDOGREL 70 44 85 34
PROPRANOLOL HCL 69 39 87 133
LANSOPRAZOLE 68 17 88 184
CHLORTHALIDONE 68 42 88 142
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 67 47 90 124
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 67 24 90 137
NADOLOL 66 49 92 253
AMIODARONE HCL 65 54 93 139
FLUOXETINE HCL 64 24 94 65
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 64 52 94 211
RISPERIDONE 64 45 94 98
MIRTAZAPINE 64 48 94 58
NIFEDIPINE ER 63 61 98 115
INSULIN SYRINGE 63 39 98 80
MORPHINE SULFATE 62 12 S2 100 258
BUPROPION HCL SR 62 52 100 193
GEMFIBROZIL 62 28 100 104
PLAVIX 60 42 103 45
FLUCONAZOLE 60 33 103 111
LYRICA 60 18 103 52
PRIMIDONE 60 30 103 199
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 48 103 140
NABUMETONE 59 18 108 171
DIOVAN HCT 59 44 108 75
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 59 45 108 79
GLIPIZIDE XL 59 32 108 176
DOXEPIN HCL 58 31 112 170
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 47 112 54
IMIPRAMINE HCL 56 28 R 114 310
HUMULIN 70-30 56 17 114 106
NAMENDA 56 33 114 46
VENTOLIN HFA 55 13 117 91
MIDODRINE HCL 55 55 117 355
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 54 53 119 218
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 53 30 120 163
SULINDAC 52 39 121 268
BUPROPION XL 52 24 121 177
DIOVAN 51 43 123 55
TORSEMIDE 50 31 124 114
TERAZOSIN HCL 50 36 124 160
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 Feb. 17, 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.