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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,316Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 24 out of 252

$660K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 58 out of 252

475 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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 Arkansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 475 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 475 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 10,522 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

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 Arkansas
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 842 633 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 446 297 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 406 295 3 6
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 373 94 4 67
LISINOPRIL 370 293 5 3
MELOXICAM 361 258 6 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 353 195 S3 7 5
FUROSEMIDE 348 282 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 347 283 9 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 329 189 10 15
TRAZODONE HCL 326 270 11 31
TRAMADOL HCL 279 177 12 17
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 267 213 13 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 256 98 14 32
METFORMIN HCL 242 173 15 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 234 194 16 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 195 137 17 8
LEVETIRACETAM 189 0 18 131
DEXAMETHASONE 187 159 19 197
PREDNISONE 184 147 20 42
NEXIUM 181 128 21 23
GLIMEPIRIDE 177 142 22 40
FLUOXETINE HCL 175 93 23 57
WARFARIN SODIUM 175 133 23 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 172 105 25 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 171 0 26 194
ALLOPURINOL 163 134 27 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 162 112 28 21
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 161 143 29 19
AZITHROMYCIN 155 115 30 37
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 135 14 31 113
SERTRALINE HCL 130 98 32 27
GABAPENTIN 123 90 33 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 85 34 13
HALOPERIDOL 118 32 35 193
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 117 90 36 61
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 111 62 37 36
METOLAZONE 110 101 38 206
PROPRANOLOL HCL 108 27 39 111
LAMOTRIGINE 104 0 40 165
DIOVAN 102 74 41 38
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 98 58 42 123
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 83 43 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 95 88 43 62
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 91 28 R 45 51
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 88 70 R 46 46
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 86 81 47 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 85 0 48 77
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 79 49 50
ATENOLOL 82 77 50 18
CLOPIDOGREL 77 64 51 29
TOPIRAMATE 76 0 52 151
SUCRALFATE 74 44 53 125
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 73 24 S2 54 127
DILANTIN 69 13 55 268
CYMBALTA 69 47 55 45
FENTANYL 69 37 S2 55 126
RAMIPRIL 68 55 58 71
RISPERIDONE 65 0 59 81
SEROQUEL 65 20 59 149
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 62 0 R 61 156
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 60 32 62 128
GLIPIZIDE ER 58 58 63 90
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 57 0 64 110
METHOTREXATE 57 30 64 245
CARBAMAZEPINE 57 0 64 257
TAMSULOSIN HCL 56 56 67 26
FAMOTIDINE 55 24 68 59
CELEBREX 55 43 68 101
AMOXICILLIN 55 30 68 122
LYRICA 54 23 71 66
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 53 41 72 163
CLONIDINE HCL 53 41 72 35
DILTIAZEM ER 51 50 74 86
TERAZOSIN HCL 51 46 74 94
CARVEDILOL 51 51 74 22
DONEPEZIL HCL 50 36 77 28
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 Nov. 9, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.