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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,718Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 57 out of 780

$828K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 116 out of 780

761 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

6% of this provider’s 761 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

38% of this provider’s 761 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 14,487 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 1,985 731 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 818 555 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 725 567 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 700 514 4 5
LISINOPRIL 688 485 5 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 681 496 6 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 569 437 7 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 474 278 8 17
MELOXICAM 454 334 9 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 435 360 10 11
CHLORTHALIDONE 415 307 11 142
METFORMIN HCL 414 294 12 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 337 271 13 19
FUROSEMIDE 333 262 14 7
TRAMADOL HCL 296 189 15 15
ATENOLOL 293 237 16 21
GABAPENTIN 270 161 17 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 264 217 18 12
LEVOFLOXACIN 240 160 19 76
NEXIUM 231 137 20 22
AZITHROMYCIN 222 132 21 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 219 176 22 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 216 181 23 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 212 180 24 24
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 211 111 25 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 211 166 25 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 211 137 25 23
CARVEDILOL 203 162 28 14
MECLIZINE HCL 192 160 29 83
VERAPAMIL ER 168 119 30 78
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 163 37 R 31 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 161 128 32 50
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 148 112 33 18
SERTRALINE HCL 147 102 34 27
CRESTOR 144 92 35 32
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 144 96 R 35 108
DONEPEZIL HCL 144 136 35 31
LYRICA 136 84 38 52
TIZANIDINE HCL 130 50 39 82
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 125 96 40 92
CLOPIDOGREL 119 93 41 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 118 78 42 61
CLONIDINE HCL 115 41 43 28
DIGOXIN 108 90 44 56
FLURBIPROFEN 105 84 45 332
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 103 43 R 46 48
FENTANYL 101 39 S2 47 107
GLIPIZIDE 98 77 48 74
FLUCONAZOLE 97 47 49 111
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 95 81 S3 50 116
ADVAIR DISKUS 94 57 51 68
PROMETHAZINE HCL 93 13 R 52 66
ROPINIROLE HCL 92 54 53 87
PROPRANOLOL HCL 90 73 54 133
CYMBALTA 90 46 54 51
PREMARIN 90 41 R 54 110
PLAVIX 90 65 54 45
ESTRADIOL 89 67 R 58 122
TAMSULOSIN HCL 89 74 58 36
FLUOXETINE HCL 87 36 60 65
CARISOPRODOL 85 20 R 61 67
NAPROXEN 83 76 62 100
TRAZODONE HCL 79 38 63 35
LOVASTATIN 78 54 64 47
LIPITOR 77 61 65 175
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74 33 66 41
PREDNISONE 74 61 66 40
ENDOCET 72 26 S2 68 129
SPIRIVA 71 60 69 72
BENAZEPRIL HCL 70 47 70 59
SYNTHROID 69 66 71 77
COMBIVENT 68 39 72 189
KLOR-CON 10 68 34 72 90
PROAIR HFA 67 33 74 62
PAROXETINE HCL 62 21 75 69
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 62 33 75 103
RANITIDINE HCL 62 49 75 39
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 61 48 78 102
HUMULIN 70-30 61 26 78 106
DIOVAN 60 60 80 55
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 59 45 81 154
LEXAPRO 58 50 82 219
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 58 82 44
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 48 84 33
DIOVAN HCT 57 41 84 75
IBUPROFEN 53 17 86 93
GLIPIZIDE ER 52 31 87 109
HYDROXYZINE HCL 52 30 R 87 155
CAPTOPRIL 52 25 87 262
RISPERIDONE 51 35 90 98
NAMENDA 50 50 91 46
VENTOLIN HFA 50 22 91 91
ALLOPURINOL 50 46 91 29
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 16 S2 91 146
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 16, 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.