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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,780Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 780

$1.41M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 780

447 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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

16% of this provider’s 447 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 447 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,546 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$65 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 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 1,046 524 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 573 451 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 477 344 3 5
OMEPRAZOLE 472 284 4 3
LISINOPRIL 432 291 5 6
CYMBALTA 394 266 6 51
NAMENDA 390 366 7 46
FUROSEMIDE 358 262 8 7
GABAPENTIN 350 216 9 13
CARVEDILOL 345 269 10 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 323 303 11 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 321 272 12 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 307 233 13 4
METFORMIN HCL 297 165 14 8
MIRTAZAPINE 289 263 15 58
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 270 218 16 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 262 131 17 17
PROMETHAZINE HCL 256 89 R 18 66
RANITIDINE HCL 245 176 19 39
NEXIUM 240 151 20 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 238 140 21 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 225 192 22 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 222 173 23 10
ROPINIROLE HCL 216 152 24 87
OXYCODONE HCL 213 24 S2 25 123
TRAMADOL HCL 202 143 26 15
LYRICA 170 91 27 52
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 167 134 28 60
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 167 123 28 102
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 167 105 28 20
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 161 145 31 81
CRESTOR 160 107 32 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 158 124 33 25
LANTUS 155 113 34 71
CELEBREX 154 118 35 89
TOPIRAMATE 152 85 36 145
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 148 103 37 117
SERTRALINE HCL 146 88 38 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 145 101 39 36
CLOPIDOGREL 143 115 40 34
TRAZODONE HCL 142 92 41 35
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 140 75 42 41
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 137 88 43 12
EXELON 136 136 44 132
CLONIDINE HCL 134 103 45 28
SPIRONOLACTONE 134 92 45 53
MELOXICAM 131 79 47 16
SPIRIVA 128 98 48 72
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 127 75 49 92
ATENOLOL 121 87 50 21
LAMOTRIGINE 119 65 51 205
RISPERIDONE 119 75 51 98
CARISOPRODOL 116 11 R 53 67
SINGULAIR 116 71 53 73
NOVOLOG 110 81 55 158
FENOFIBRATE 109 60 56 63
GLIMEPIRIDE 106 76 57 30
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 101 89 58 18
AZITHROMYCIN 100 57 59 38
METHADONE HCL 97 24 S2 60 127
PLAVIX 95 77 61 45
MECLIZINE HCL 93 59 62 83
TIZANIDINE HCL 91 33 63 82
PROAIR HFA 89 18 64 62
LIDODERM 87 57 65 224
BUSPIRONE HCL 86 70 66 125
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 85 46 67 88
RAMIPRIL 84 54 68 70
NAPROXEN 81 53 69 100
BENAZEPRIL HCL 79 76 70 59
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 78 28 R 71 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 77 52 72 9
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 76 58 73 238
PREDNISONE 75 36 74 40
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 74 52 75 79
VESICARE 74 62 75 186
ALLOPURINOL 72 52 77 29
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 72 30 S2 77 141
DIOVAN 71 45 79 55
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 71 53 79 237
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 70 53 81 128
VENTOLIN HFA 70 30 81 91
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 69 61 83 163
CARAFATE 68 55 84 269
AMOXICILLIN 67 25 85 99
PRIMIDONE 66 56 86 199
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 64 39 87 120
FENTANYL 64 38 S2 87 107
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 23 89 26
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 48 89 33
HYDROXYZINE HCL 63 37 R 89 155
OLANZAPINE 62 47 92 191
DIGOXIN 62 59 92 56
METHOCARBAMOL 60 30 R 94 84
SEROQUEL XR 59 23 95 277
DEXILANT 58 31 96 247
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 35 97 50
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 25 98 121
METOLAZONE 53 39 98 195
BUPROPION HCL 52 27 100 372
FLUCONAZOLE 52 20 100 111
SEROQUEL 52 46 100 172
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 40 100 68
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 50 38 104 154
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 July 26, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.