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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,593Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 780

$3.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 780

949 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
36%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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

16% of this provider’s 949 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

68% of this provider’s 949 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 11,128 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$100 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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
SUBOXONE 2,583 153 10 1 157
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,977 830 S3 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 979 490 3 5
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 782 122 S3 10 4 200
CARISOPRODOL 619 58 R 5 67
METFORMIN HCL 538 217 6 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 528 237 7 9
TRAMADOL HCL 522 154 8 15
CLONIDINE HCL 492 127 9 28
NEXIUM 485 177 10 22
GABAPENTIN 478 111 11 13
PROMETHAZINE HCL 415 83 R 12 66
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 413 104 13 17
TRAZODONE HCL 396 128 14 35
FLUOXETINE HCL 375 133 15 65
OMEPRAZOLE 374 138 16 3
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 348 109 17 81
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 324 114 18 25
FUROSEMIDE 311 134 19 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 293 71 20 23
LISINOPRIL 287 132 21 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 285 160 22 24
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 272 42 R 23 42
AZITHROMYCIN 264 100 24 38
RANITIDINE HCL 260 138 25 39
LYRICA 247 30 26 52
ENDOCET 243 49 S2 27 129
CARVEDILOL 239 117 28 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 232 107 29 11
BENICAR HCT 230 97 30 220
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 228 104 31 4
PROAIR HFA 228 74 31 62
ABILIFY 226 54 33 197
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 223 70 S2 34 146
CYMBALTA 217 45 35 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 208 120 36 12
AMOXICILLIN 184 72 37 99
IBUPROFEN 179 22 38 93
SIMVASTATIN 178 117 39 2
BYSTOLIC 177 78 40 118
LAMOTRIGINE 170 22 41 205
CRESTOR 168 89 42 32
PROPRANOLOL HCL 165 34 43 133
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 165 85 43 10
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 162 30 S2 45 201
FLUCONAZOLE 157 33 46 111
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 155 81 47 20
ATENOLOL 151 78 48 21
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 151 58 48 103
SERTRALINE HCL 149 89 50 27
SEROQUEL 149 39 50 172
PAROXETINE HCL 148 68 52 69
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 147 53 53 92
SPIRIVA 146 49 54 72
METHOCARBAMOL 146 25 R 54 84
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 143 20 56 117
LANTUS 140 83 57 71
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 138 57 58 88
CLOPIDOGREL 137 59 59 34
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 136 15 R 60 48
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 68 61 26
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 67 62 95
ADVAIR DISKUS 128 64 63 68
ROPINIROLE HCL 127 53 64 87
GLIMEPIRIDE 127 58 64 30
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 127 27 64 137
MUPIROCIN 123 41 67 173
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 121 39 68 19
BACLOFEN 121 17 68 153
CEPHALEXIN 113 50 70 105
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 110 16 R 71 235
VOLTAREN 109 38 72 297
BUPRENORPHINE HCL 108 0 S3 73 381
TIZANIDINE HCL 108 21 73 82
MELOXICAM 106 33 75 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 57 76 36
FINASTERIDE 104 63 77 150
OLANZAPINE 102 39 78 191
DEXILANT 102 35 78 247
LUNESTA 102 24 78 291
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 102 45 78 162
ALLOPURINOL 101 61 82 29
TOPIRAMATE 101 0 82 145
PRISTIQ ER 100 21 84 290
PEN NEEDLE 100 29 84 136
MIRTAZAPINE 99 40 86 58
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 98 48 87 102
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 95 30 88 61
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 95 30 88 270
VENTOLIN HFA 95 14 88 91
DONEPEZIL HCL 93 69 91 31
AMITIZA 93 33 91 288
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 92 29 93 119
TORSEMIDE 90 38 94 114
PLAVIX 86 46 95 45
CELEBREX 85 37 96 89
LEVETIRACETAM 84 0 97 130
RISPERIDONE 84 19 97 98
BENICAR 82 55 99 207
CARBAMAZEPINE 81 26 100 257
SYMBYAX 80 31 10 101 387
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 78 16 102 182
KLOR-CON M20 78 30 102 57
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 40 102 49
AMIODARONE HCL 77 59 105 139
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 76 29 S3 106 116
SEROQUEL XR 76 25 106 277
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 75 23 108 318
PREDNISONE 73 21 109 40
SYMLINPEN 120 72 0 10 110 395
BUSPIRONE HCL 69 22 111 125
DIOVAN HCT 67 24 112 75
PREMARIN 66 14 R 113 110
ESTRADIOL 65 0 R 114 122
BUPROPION HCL 65 20 114 372
HYDROCORTISONE 65 23 114 354
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 64 40 117 211
RISPERDAL CONSTA 62 0 118 360
OXYCODONE HCL 61 23 S2 119 123
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 25 119 33
SUCRALFATE 61 20 119 149
URSODIOL 61 40 119 364
VESICARE 60 47 123 186
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 23 S2 123 187
METHADONE HCL 59 0 S2 125 127
SPIRONOLACTONE 59 11 125 53
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 18 127 121
NITROFURANTOIN 58 45 127 235
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 57 12 S3 129 371
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 39 129 80
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 57 30 R 129 223
ONDANSETRON HCL 56 23 132 234
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 56 22 132 264
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 55 22 134 124
DIGOXIN 55 24 134 56
SYMBICORT 54 17 136 181
VERAPAMIL ER 53 49 137 78
VIMOVO 53 0 137 436
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 52 34 139 79
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 52 48 139 50
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 52 46 139 148
LOVASTATIN 51 36 142 47
DICYCLOMINE HCL 50 0 143 213
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 50 23 143 163
GENTAMICIN SULFATE 50 40 143 377
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 20, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.