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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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31,099Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 15 out of 780

$1.84M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 780

808 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
53%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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

13% of this provider’s 808 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 808 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 17,608 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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 1,597 643 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 1,137 685 2 7
LISINOPRIL 860 451 3 6
SIMVASTATIN 796 522 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 760 457 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 700 462 6 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 687 504 7 5
METFORMIN HCL 578 352 8 8
GABAPENTIN 577 267 9 13
CARVEDILOL 548 332 10 14
CLOPIDOGREL 442 310 11 34
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 421 256 12 25
NEXIUM 407 200 13 22
TRAMADOL HCL 375 207 14 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 349 204 15 23
RANITIDINE HCL 349 166 15 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 326 227 17 11
PLAVIX 309 211 18 45
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 294 187 19 19
MELOXICAM 289 158 20 16
CLONIDINE HCL 271 159 21 28
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 271 148 21 12
ATENOLOL 250 120 23 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 237 147 24 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 234 95 25 17
AZITHROMYCIN 227 123 26 38
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 226 133 27 60
SERTRALINE HCL 220 122 28 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 220 113 28 36
OXYCODONE HCL 220 28 S2 28 123
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 135 31 33
TRAZODONE HCL 204 94 32 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 199 118 33 54
PROMETHAZINE HCL 197 58 R 34 66
KLOR-CON M20 197 137 34 57
NAMENDA 197 197 34 46
SPIRONOLACTONE 196 110 37 53
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 190 96 38 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 189 102 39 18
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 188 98 40 102
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 180 112 41 81
PREDNISONE 179 104 42 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 175 167 43 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 173 109 44 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 171 101 45 9
LYRICA 155 65 46 52
GLYBURIDE 147 131 R 47 101
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 145 76 48 50
DIOVAN 145 91 48 55
TIZANIDINE HCL 139 51 50 82
SINGULAIR 138 73 51 73
MIRTAZAPINE 138 76 51 58
PROAIR HFA 137 64 53 62
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 136 49 54 121
LEVETIRACETAM 135 79 55 130
BYSTOLIC 134 99 56 118
GLIPIZIDE 133 85 57 74
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 131 57 R 58 42
CYMBALTA 130 34 59 51
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 51 60 26
KLOR-CON 10 128 87 61 90
CARISOPRODOL 127 28 R 62 67
SPIRIVA 124 66 63 72
VESICARE 123 79 64 186
DIOVAN HCT 118 72 65 75
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 117 64 66 61
GLIMEPIRIDE 115 76 67 30
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 113 34 S2 68 146
DIGOXIN 109 101 69 56
JANUVIA 106 68 70 85
AMOXICILLIN 106 49 70 99
PAROXETINE HCL 102 64 72 69
PREMARIN 101 65 R 73 110
BUSPIRONE HCL 101 46 73 125
LANTUS 101 78 73 71
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 100 76 76 64
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 99 58 77 49
AMIODARONE HCL 96 70 78 139
HUMALOG 93 47 79 192
SUCRALFATE 92 59 80 149
PEN NEEDLE 92 32 80 136
KLOR-CON M10 91 64 82 168
ENDOCET 89 18 S2 83 129
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 89 53 83 88
NAPROXEN 89 21 83 100
CELEBREX 88 27 86 89
INSULIN SYRINGE 84 50 87 80
ESTRADIOL 84 23 R 87 122
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 84 40 87 156
ADVAIR DISKUS 83 70 90 68
METHOCARBAMOL 82 48 R 91 84
LAMOTRIGINE 80 28 92 205
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 80 45 92 120
METHADONE HCL 79 24 S2 94 127
MIDODRINE HCL 79 48 94 355
OXYCONTIN 78 28 S2 96 165
BENICAR 78 68 96 207
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 78 50 96 79
MECLIZINE HCL 76 56 99 83
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 75 66 100 249
TOPIRAMATE 75 13 100 145
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 75 43 100 185
NOVOLOG 75 56 100 158
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 74 69 104 138
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 74 33 104 117
PROPRANOLOL HCL 73 30 106 133
BACLOFEN 73 19 106 153
COLCRYS 72 43 108 131
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 72 19 108 128
CEPHALEXIN 72 35 108 105
CRESTOR 70 45 111 32
ALLOPURINOL 70 18 111 29
SEROQUEL 70 43 111 172
ACTOS 70 38 111 144
LANSOPRAZOLE 70 20 111 184
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 70 56 111 124
SOTALOL 69 43 117 312
GEMFIBROZIL 68 60 118 104
TORSEMIDE 68 49 118 114
GLIPIZIDE XL 68 14 118 176
IBUPROFEN 66 31 121 93
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65 28 122 148
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65 32 R 122 48
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 57 124 37
METOLAZONE 62 24 124 195
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 62 12 124 281
VENTOLIN HFA 62 0 124 91
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 61 22 128 222
AMITIZA 60 28 129 288
HUMULIN 70-30 60 39 129 106
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 60 50 S3 129 116
FAMOTIDINE 58 35 132 86
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 46 133 44
OLANZAPINE 56 39 133 191
QUINAPRIL HCL 54 53 135 113
LOVAZA 53 30 136 183
ONDANSETRON HCL 53 35 136 234
VALACYCLOVIR 53 34 136 339
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 21 136 87
FLUCONAZOLE 52 0 140 111
NIASPAN 52 31 140 167
DICYCLOMINE HCL 52 31 140 213
FLUOXETINE HCL 52 18 140 65
ZETIA 52 39 140 94
FENTANYL 51 16 S2 145 107
NABUMETONE 50 39 146 171
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 50 30 146 92
LOVASTATIN 50 36 146 47
BENICAR HCT 50 15 146 220
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 50 14 146 211
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 29, 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.