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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,934Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 780

$1.35M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 780

705 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 705 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 705 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 25,733 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 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 1,736 905 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 1,083 839 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 1,019 847 3 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 902 847 4 11
LISINOPRIL 768 587 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 765 665 6 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 695 565 7 5
GABAPENTIN 669 495 8 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 667 573 9 24
METFORMIN HCL 660 528 10 8
ATENOLOL 571 449 11 21
TRAZODONE HCL 524 370 12 35
SERTRALINE HCL 506 388 13 27
DONEPEZIL HCL 482 479 14 31
DIGOXIN 447 425 15 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 441 354 16 10
CARVEDILOL 353 287 17 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 350 281 18 4
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 329 293 19 20
TRAMADOL HCL 327 283 20 15
MELOXICAM 324 237 21 16
NAMENDA 320 307 22 46
ALLOPURINOL 290 241 23 29
RAMIPRIL 284 253 24 70
NEXIUM 282 191 25 22
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 265 234 26 163
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 262 218 27 25
CLOPIDOGREL 253 221 28 34
CLONIDINE HCL 252 172 29 28
TAMSULOSIN HCL 244 201 30 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 234 205 31 19
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 234 172 31 237
CELEBREX 231 197 33 89
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 218 155 34 12
MECLIZINE HCL 217 196 35 83
GENERLAC 214 202 36 246
SUCRALFATE 202 152 37 149
BUMETANIDE 200 149 38 96
RISPERIDONE 199 154 39 98
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 197 85 40 128
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 190 115 R 41 42
CYMBALTA 188 113 42 51
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 182 120 43 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 179 121 44 9
GLIPIZIDE XL 171 153 45 176
CYPROHEPTADINE HCL 171 135 R 10 45 242
AZITHROMYCIN 171 133 45 38
KLOR-CON 10 162 116 48 90
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 155 136 49 81
MIRTAZAPINE 153 143 50 58
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 152 139 51 61
PLAVIX 151 124 52 45
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 149 101 53 103
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 148 91 54 119
PROMETHAZINE HCL 148 75 R 54 66
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 137 117 56 60
DICYCLOMINE HCL 133 77 57 213
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 132 109 58 154
LYRICA 130 69 59 52
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 130 102 59 88
PREDNISONE 129 87 61 40
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 128 97 62 137
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 127 127 63 64
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 127 117 R 63 235
PAROXETINE HCL 124 100 65 69
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 123 97 66 216
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 121 54 S2 67 146
MUPIROCIN 118 95 68 173
CITALOPRAM HBR 118 60 68 23
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 118 93 R 68 223
ADVAIR DISKUS 117 73 71 68
GLYBURIDE 117 102 R 71 101
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 115 72 S3 73 116
QUINAPRIL HCL 115 112 73 113
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 114 112 75 18
GLIPIZIDE 111 82 76 74
PREMARIN 110 69 R 77 110
ENDOCET 110 67 S2 77 129
DIOVAN 109 101 79 55
LOVASTATIN 108 85 80 47
RANITIDINE HCL 106 77 81 39
PROPRANOLOL HCL 104 82 82 133
FLUOXETINE HCL 102 72 83 65
CEPHALEXIN 101 81 84 105
HYDROXYZINE HCL 100 73 R 85 155
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 100 79 85 49
OLANZAPINE 99 87 87 191
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 98 77 88 102
VENTOLIN HFA 97 44 89 91
METHOCARBAMOL 96 53 R 90 84
SPIRONOLACTONE 95 95 91 53
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 94 89 92 238
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 92 56 R 93 48
AMOXICILLIN 88 48 94 99
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 87 78 95 247
CEFDINIR 86 65 96 180
ROPINIROLE HCL 84 64 97 87
GLIPIZIDE ER 83 59 98 109
BYSTOLIC 81 77 99 118
GEMFIBROZIL 79 68 100 104
AMIODARONE HCL 78 78 101 139
SINGULAIR 75 44 102 73
VALPROIC ACID 75 70 102 306
SODIUM CHLORIDE 75 67 102 346
FENTANYL 75 35 S2 102 107
HYDRALAZINE HCL 75 68 102 54
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 74 62 107 185
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 73 69 108 138
CICLOPIROX 71 62 109 398
FLUCONAZOLE 69 39 110 111
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 69 69 110 44
DIOVAN HCT 69 49 110 75
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 68 37 113 148
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 68 52 113 79
VERAPAMIL ER 67 50 115 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 38 116 41
NASONEX 66 38 116 254
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 53 118 30
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 62 56 119 264
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 62 57 119 50
CARAFATE 62 49 119 269
ENABLEX 62 38 119 260
NITROSTAT 61 52 123 244
COMBIVENT 60 45 124 189
RESTASIS 60 50 124 378
DILANTIN 59 29 126 419
CHLORZOXAZONE 59 28 R 126 323
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 59 41 126 250
SPIRIVA 59 34 126 72
CRESTOR 57 54 130 32
CEFTRIAXONE 56 52 131 278
ACTOS 56 46 131 144
HUMULIN 70-30 55 40 133 106
DOXEPIN HCL 55 40 133 170
DILTIAZEM ER 54 47 135 134
FAMOTIDINE 54 41 135 86
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 53 53 137 97
METOLAZONE 53 46 137 195
VESICARE 53 48 137 186
SEROQUEL 52 47 140 172
NYSTATIN 51 31 141 203
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 141 124
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 Sept. 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.