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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,439Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 60 out of 780

$885K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 97 out of 780

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

11% of this provider’s 757 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 757 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 18,747 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
OMEPRAZOLE 983 861 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 685 540 S3 2 1
BUMETANIDE 625 560 3 96
METFORMIN HCL 589 531 4 8
SPIRONOLACTONE 585 501 5 53
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 567 517 6 5
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 567 508 6 18
SERTRALINE HCL 564 532 8 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 564 501 8 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 441 403 10 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 436 369 11 19
SIMVASTATIN 425 380 12 2
LISINOPRIL 425 339 12 6
CITALOPRAM HBR 338 270 14 23
GABAPENTIN 315 274 15 13
FAMOTIDINE 306 282 16 86
CARVEDILOL 297 264 17 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 292 268 18 20
WARFARIN SODIUM 267 240 19 24
PREDNISONE 255 223 20 40
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 248 233 21 11
FUROSEMIDE 247 234 22 7
HYDRALAZINE HCL 232 191 23 54
RANITIDINE HCL 220 204 24 39
GLIMEPIRIDE 216 177 25 30
ALLOPURINOL 215 205 26 29
NAMENDA 211 211 27 46
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 203 168 28 64
FLUCONAZOLE 196 173 29 111
CLOPIDOGREL 174 162 30 34
TRAMADOL HCL 172 131 31 15
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 166 31 33
MIRTAZAPINE 165 143 33 58
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 162 152 34 60
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 159 140 35 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 151 151 36 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 151 130 36 12
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 150 143 38 124
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 147 134 39 41
LANTUS 140 115 40 71
MELOXICAM 126 119 41 16
TRAZODONE HCL 126 107 41 35
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 122 41 26
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 124 105 44 156
FENTANYL 123 107 S2 45 107
AZITHROMYCIN 119 99 46 38
FINASTERIDE 119 119 46 150
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 118 114 48 25
PLAVIX 117 110 49 45
KLOR-CON 8 111 97 50 194
ATENOLOL 110 110 51 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 106 106 52 31
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 90 53 61
CLONIDINE HCL 97 78 54 28
PRIMIDONE 95 95 55 199
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 84 56 49
DIGOXIN 88 78 57 56
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 86 79 58 17
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 71 59 10
ROPINIROLE HCL 83 69 60 87
SINGULAIR 82 81 61 73
SPIRIVA 81 64 62 72
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 81 81 62 81
EXELON 81 81 62 132
NOVOLIN 70-30 79 69 65 164
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 77 65 68
METHADONE HCL 77 44 S2 67 127
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 76 49 S2 68 146
MUPIROCIN 76 62 68 173
VERAPAMIL ER 76 76 68 78
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 74 67 71 92
LEVOFLOXACIN 71 61 72 76
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 70 58 73 210
DOXEPIN HCL 70 55 73 170
ESTRADIOL 64 23 R 75 122
MECLIZINE HCL 64 63 75 83
LYRICA 63 53 77 52
CYMBALTA 63 54 77 51
ACETAZOLAMIDE 62 61 79 412
BYSTOLIC 62 62 79 118
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 62 59 79 102
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 50 82 128
JANUVIA 61 20 82 85
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 58 58 84 249
DIOVAN 56 56 85 55
TERAZOSIN HCL 53 53 86 160
VENLAFAXINE HCL 53 48 86 226
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 52 88 95
METHOTREXATE 50 38 89 252
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 Dec. 16, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.