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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,314Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 34 out of 780

$1.33M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 780

718 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

7% of this provider’s 718 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 718 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 19,484 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$53 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 1,218 916 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 984 788 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 905 672 3 4
LISINOPRIL 773 568 4 6
FUROSEMIDE 622 504 5 7
LANTUS 610 376 6 71
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 551 467 7 5
SIMVASTATIN 529 416 8 2
MIRTAZAPINE 468 383 9 58
NAMENDA 462 448 10 46
METFORMIN HCL 436 289 11 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 414 312 12 23
CARVEDILOL 408 302 13 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 406 311 14 19
DONEPEZIL HCL 358 350 15 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 351 271 16 9
ATENOLOL 325 258 17 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 303 238 18 12
TRAMADOL HCL 288 199 19 15
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 281 230 20 119
GABAPENTIN 275 209 21 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 268 232 22 10
KLOR-CON M20 267 210 23 57
WARFARIN SODIUM 264 212 24 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 237 208 25 18
CLOPIDOGREL 231 174 26 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 213 160 27 11
CLONIDINE HCL 205 115 28 28
DIOVAN 201 178 29 55
RISPERIDONE 195 154 30 98
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 193 159 31 214
SERTRALINE HCL 191 178 32 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 188 129 33 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 187 156 34 25
HYDRALAZINE HCL 186 129 35 54
ALLOPURINOL 182 121 36 29
PLAVIX 172 134 37 45
EXELON 172 169 37 132
LEVETIRACETAM 165 74 39 130
ENULOSE 164 116 40 341
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 162 160 41 20
MELOXICAM 161 126 42 16
TRAZODONE HCL 148 110 43 35
HUMULIN R 145 94 44 228
METFORMIN HCL ER 144 89 45 43
GLIMEPIRIDE 135 96 46 30
GENERLAC 134 90 47 246
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 128 114 48 49
RANITIDINE HCL 128 96 48 39
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 124 109 50 216
AZITHROMYCIN 122 107 51 38
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 120 76 52 102
VENLAFAXINE HCL 118 83 53 226
TAMSULOSIN HCL 116 95 54 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 115 91 55 53
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 80 56 33
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 112 79 57 163
PREDNISONE 110 96 58 40
LYRICA 108 83 59 52
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 102 66 60 81
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 99 71 61 121
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 98 71 62 41
MUPIROCIN 92 71 63 173
GLIPIZIDE 90 64 64 74
FENTANYL 88 78 S2 65 107
CRESTOR 87 72 66 32
VENTOLIN HFA 85 73 67 91
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 85 73 67 60
VALPROIC ACID 83 52 69 306
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 58 69 26
FENOFIBRATE 83 59 69 63
MECLIZINE HCL 82 69 72 83
CARBAMAZEPINE 80 54 73 257
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 80 58 73 154
DIGOXIN 80 70 73 56
AMIODARONE HCL 76 59 76 139
CYMBALTA 75 45 77 51
ZETIA 74 74 78 94
ROPINIROLE HCL 72 55 79 87
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 68 80 68
NOVOLOG 70 41 81 158
RAMIPRIL 69 64 82 70
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 50 83 61
HUMULIN 70-30 66 61 84 106
OLANZAPINE 66 48 84 191
NEXIUM 65 47 86 22
TOPIRAMATE 65 37 86 145
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 51 86 88
INSULIN SYRINGE 65 42 86 80
VERAPAMIL ER 62 60 90 78
KLOR-CON M10 62 44 90 168
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 61 52 92 50
IBUPROFEN 58 46 93 93
ACTOS 58 43 93 144
NAPROXEN 57 41 95 100
SINGULAIR 54 37 96 73
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 36 96 65
TRAVATAN Z 54 44 96 315
GLIPIZIDE ER 54 48 96 109
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 53 37 100 318
LOVASTATIN 52 25 101 47
ADVAIR HFA 52 52 101 360
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 51 51 R 103 48
JANUVIA 50 24 104 85
BACLOFEN 50 0 104 153
PAROXETINE HCL 50 27 104 69
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 2, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.