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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,456Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 252

$1.22M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 7 out of 252

780 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

5% of this provider’s 780 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 780 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 14,926 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 855 763 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 777 502 S3 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 584 447 3 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 557 436 4 8
FUROSEMIDE 523 388 5 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 519 454 6 4
OMEPRAZOLE 478 372 7 6
LISINOPRIL 443 305 8 3
GABAPENTIN 418 348 9 11
METFORMIN HCL 379 267 10 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 263 216 11 15
TRAMADOL HCL 259 174 12 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 254 196 13 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 251 177 14 14
SYNTHROID 240 228 15 47
NEXIUM 220 154 16 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 219 155 17 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 208 152 18 40
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 204 188 19 176
TRAZODONE HCL 203 170 20 31
CARVEDILOL 181 154 21 22
ALLOPURINOL 166 149 22 30
MELOXICAM 159 127 23 20
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 150 131 24 19
ATENOLOL 149 130 25 18
DIGOXIN 147 120 26 44
BENAZEPRIL HCL 145 120 27 80
TAMSULOSIN HCL 144 113 28 26
ETODOLAC 142 107 29 199
FLUOXETINE HCL 127 87 30 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 126 70 31 50
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 120 93 32 60
CYMBALTA 118 63 33 45
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 99 34 13
PREDNISONE 112 81 35 42
AZITHROMYCIN 111 83 36 37
TORSEMIDE 110 84 37 214
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 109 76 38 92
LANTUS 107 82 39 55
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 107 95 R 39 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 105 97 41 12
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 104 92 42 33
MIRTAZAPINE 104 90 42 58
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 98 84 44 16
KLOR-CON M20 97 89 45 69
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 96 76 46 25
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 94 83 47 24
CLOPIDOGREL 92 82 48 29
TOPIRAMATE 90 39 49 151
PROMETHAZINE HCL 88 28 R 50 85
INSULIN SYRINGE 84 72 51 93
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 82 34 R 52 51
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 81 66 53 107
SPIRIVA 81 48 53 68
CRESTOR 81 49 53 34
NOVOLOG 80 58 56 106
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 80 80 56 73
ZETIA 79 63 58 97
TERAZOSIN HCL 79 73 58 94
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 78 75 60 32
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 64 60 61
PROAIR HFA 78 56 60 54
LOVASTATIN 77 55 63 39
SERTRALINE HCL 74 52 64 27
PROPRANOLOL HCL 74 68 64 111
DIOVAN 73 54 66 38
LANSOPRAZOLE 70 52 67 174
NAMENDA 68 68 68 41
FINASTERIDE 68 55 68 115
CARISOPRODOL 67 14 R 70 70
BUSPIRONE HCL 66 55 71 119
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 66 63 71 62
FENOFIBRATE 66 60 71 64
DONEPEZIL HCL 65 65 74 28
SULINDAC 64 44 75 230
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 44 76 49
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 62 41 76 262
DOXEPIN HCL 60 39 78 179
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 59 36 79 72
JANUVIA 59 45 79 88
CLONIDINE HCL 58 39 81 35
LOVAZA 57 54 82 172
GLIPIZIDE 57 47 82 52
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 56 40 84 56
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 38 84 36
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 55 31 86 132
BYSTOLIC 55 55 86 99
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 43 86 84
PLAVIX 55 54 86 43
PEN NEEDLE 55 27 86 140
FENTANYL 54 26 S2 91 126
GEMFIBROZIL 54 42 91 98
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 54 53 S3 91 117
ESTRADIOL 53 46 R 94 76
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 38 95 79
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 April 18, 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.