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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,258Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 72 out of 336

$700K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 93 out of 336

777 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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 Mississippi
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 777 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 777 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 10,392 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 Mississippi
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 788 539 S3 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 622 456 2 1
SIMVASTATIN 514 363 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 441 292 4 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 321 251 5 9
TRAMADOL HCL 295 170 6 20
HYDRALAZINE HCL 292 194 7 53
OMEPRAZOLE 291 187 8 3
CARVEDILOL 284 190 9 13
ALLOPURINOL 283 207 10 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 274 181 11 16
METFORMIN HCL 252 178 12 8
GABAPENTIN 241 141 13 11
LISINOPRIL 232 157 14 6
TAMSULOSIN HCL 231 161 15 38
GLIPIZIDE 230 187 16 71
LOVASTATIN 208 142 17 34
DIGOXIN 196 101 18 50
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 193 134 19 60
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 186 166 20 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 182 137 21 44
DIOVAN HCT 179 111 22 41
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 169 129 23 7
CRESTOR 168 122 24 25
CEPHALEXIN 157 95 25 109
GLYBURIDE 152 105 R 26 76
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 150 94 27 15
CLOPIDOGREL 146 113 28 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 142 92 29 12
SPIRONOLACTONE 140 95 30 42
DONEPEZIL HCL 132 118 31 27
BENAZEPRIL HCL 132 82 31 59
RANITIDINE HCL 128 95 33 36
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 100 34 45
GEMFIBROZIL 124 85 35 115
GLIMEPIRIDE 123 90 36 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 119 70 37 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 119 109 37 17
ENDOCET 117 50 S2 39 141
JANUVIA 115 65 40 67
NEXIUM 114 81 41 24
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 113 64 42 49
MELOXICAM 112 68 43 19
PLAVIX 109 80 44 37
AZITHROMYCIN 108 63 45 58
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 106 86 46 14
PREDNISONE 106 68 46 48
FAMOTIDINE 103 55 48 73
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 98 44 R 49 65
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 94 49 50 23
LANTUS 89 32 51 56
ATENOLOL 84 60 52 26
PROAIR HFA 82 66 53 77
DIOVAN 81 48 54 31
TIZANIDINE HCL 76 51 55 83
CLONIDINE HCL 75 33 56 32
AVODART 73 71 57 188
IBUPROFEN 72 24 58 118
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 72 56 58 22
LYRICA 72 45 58 70
ZEMPLAR 71 60 61 314
SERTRALINE HCL 71 58 61 33
NAMENDA 70 70 63 39
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 69 48 S2 64 191
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 42 65 55
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 63 40 R 66 78
GLIPIZIDE ER 59 59 67 91
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 58 31 68 10
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 0 68 97
MEGESTROL ACETATE 55 51 R 70 110
ZETIA 54 48 71 74
BENICAR 54 38 71 112
VENTOLIN HFA 52 40 73 130
NAPROXEN 51 26 74 80
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 36 R 74 57
NITROSTAT 51 42 74 198
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 20 77 89
ONGLYZA 50 28 77 165
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 Dec. 3, 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.