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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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33,633Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 252

$1.61M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 252

1,040 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

12% of this provider’s 1,040 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 1,040 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 26,457 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 1,318 1,052 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,210 698 S3 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 1,148 995 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 1,048 896 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 1,016 815 5 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 942 812 6 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 837 699 7 8
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 785 613 8 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 777 674 9 14
LISINOPRIL 661 513 10 3
GABAPENTIN 650 510 11 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 588 495 12 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 535 398 13 15
METFORMIN HCL 493 373 14 9
TRAMADOL HCL 444 343 15 17
MELOXICAM 421 369 16 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 407 345 17 13
ATENOLOL 400 314 18 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 382 377 19 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 354 326 20 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 349 335 21 32
NEXIUM 348 196 22 23
AZITHROMYCIN 334 230 23 37
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 331 243 24 33
CARVEDILOL 315 262 25 22
CLOPIDOGREL 292 225 26 29
FENOFIBRATE 272 198 27 64
EVISTA 266 250 28 91
TAMSULOSIN HCL 263 212 29 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 263 206 29 21
ALLOPURINOL 247 228 31 30
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 246 196 32 25
PLAVIX 217 183 33 43
GLYBURIDE 214 187 R 34 78
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 205 168 35 19
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 202 116 S2 36 127
CARISOPRODOL 198 33 R 37 70
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 195 173 38 77
SERTRALINE HCL 192 174 39 27
CLONIDINE HCL 192 152 39 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 192 177 39 62
KLOR-CON M20 190 127 42 69
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 189 162 43 24
LABETALOL HCL 187 153 44 150
NAMENDA 186 183 45 41
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 181 137 46 61
TERAZOSIN HCL 180 180 47 94
NOVOLOG 179 127 48 106
TRICOR 177 149 49 145
SPIRONOLACTONE 175 133 50 53
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 174 138 R 51 46
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 170 95 R 52 51
DILTIAZEM ER 156 135 53 86
CRESTOR 152 148 54 34
AMIODARONE HCL 151 109 55 142
ZETIA 151 151 55 97
DIOVAN 147 122 57 38
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 143 109 58 181
PROMETHAZINE HCL 140 53 R 59 85
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 139 119 60 36
RISPERIDONE 134 98 61 81
NYSTATIN 133 117 62 171
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 131 114 63 49
LYRICA 130 66 64 66
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 127 91 65 67
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 126 94 66 118
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 124 82 67 110
DIGOXIN 123 112 68 44
LANTUS 121 84 69 55
SYNTHROID 117 75 70 47
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 115 114 71 104
LIPITOR 113 110 72 112
QUINAPRIL HCL 111 96 73 120
PREMARIN 111 92 R 73 116
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 109 108 75 107
ROPINIROLE HCL 107 79 76 84
PROPRANOLOL HCL 106 89 77 111
RAMIPRIL 106 84 77 71
FLUOXETINE HCL 104 74 79 57
MIRTAZAPINE 104 104 79 58
GLIPIZIDE 104 95 79 52
LOVASTATIN 100 89 82 39
BUSPIRONE HCL 100 89 82 119
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 99 60 84 113
DIOVAN HCT 98 98 85 65
CYMBALTA 95 84 86 45
FENTANYL 94 85 S2 87 126
FAMOTIDINE 93 70 88 59
PREDNISONE 92 77 89 42
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 90 90 90 56
TRAZODONE HCL 90 66 90 31
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 89 67 92 60
MECLIZINE HCL 89 81 92 136
PROAIR HFA 88 34 94 54
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 88 76 94 147
VERAPAMIL ER 86 85 96 83
KLOR-CON M10 86 71 96 152
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 84 63 98 87
WELCHOL 84 81 98 228
ONDANSETRON HCL 83 67 100 223
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 81 53 101 105
GLIMEPIRIDE 81 53 101 40
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80 80 103 50
DETROL LA 79 60 104 178
NYSTOP 79 49 104 225
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 75 48 106 103
LEVEMIR 74 66 107 180
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 72 49 108 195
LOVAZA 69 19 109 172
PAROXETINE HCL 66 45 110 75
FINASTERIDE 66 66 110 115
SINGULAIR 65 63 112 100
ESTRADIOL 65 41 R 112 76
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 64 30 114 199
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 39 115 63
JANUVIA 63 41 115 88
LANSOPRAZOLE 63 32 115 174
ARICEPT 61 61 118 332
NOVOLIN R 61 48 118 190
TAZTIA XT 60 54 120 235
METRONIDAZOLE 59 47 121 240
SEROQUEL 59 50 121 149
METHADONE HCL 59 42 S2 121 161
METOLAZONE 58 52 124 206
CELEBREX 58 48 124 101
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 44 126 153
NAPROXEN 56 44 127 96
FLUCONAZOLE 55 36 128 185
RANITIDINE HCL 54 31 129 48
VENTOLIN HFA 53 42 130 102
METFORMIN HCL ER 52 31 131 74
SUCRALFATE 52 48 131 125
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 37 133 123
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 44 133 95
PEN NEEDLE 50 29 133 140
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 27, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.