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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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27,973Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 21 out of 780

$1.38M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 19 out of 780

648 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

40% of this provider’s 648 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 17,691 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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 1,914 877 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 885 569 2 3
TRAMADOL HCL 751 355 3 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 745 525 4 12
FENOFIBRATE 721 503 5 63
METFORMIN HCL 663 452 6 8
SIMVASTATIN 613 456 7 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 563 481 8 5
CLONIDINE HCL 537 346 9 28
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 531 354 10 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 522 264 11 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 514 351 12 4
CARVEDILOL 492 368 13 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 482 334 14 11
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 462 293 15 49
RANITIDINE HCL 394 265 16 39
LISINOPRIL 390 260 17 6
NEXIUM 383 211 18 22
BUMETANIDE 379 281 19 96
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 363 184 20 41
SERTRALINE HCL 355 245 21 27
CRESTOR 343 251 22 32
GABAPENTIN 328 184 23 13
BENAZEPRIL HCL 281 177 24 59
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 277 204 25 97
MELOXICAM 267 152 26 16
LYRICA 244 109 27 52
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 234 194 28 60
WARFARIN SODIUM 229 165 29 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 224 171 30 10
FUROSEMIDE 219 162 31 7
KLOR-CON 10 218 157 32 90
NIASPAN 218 119 32 167
CARISOPRODOL 212 24 R 34 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 207 138 35 25
PROMETHAZINE HCL 205 95 R 36 66
ATENOLOL 202 128 37 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 195 171 38 44
PREDNISONE 189 104 39 40
CELEBREX 184 131 40 89
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 182 138 R 41 48
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 181 131 42 20
DIGOXIN 179 162 43 56
MIRTAZAPINE 168 93 44 58
TAMSULOSIN HCL 167 123 45 36
LIPITOR 165 114 46 175
ROPINIROLE HCL 164 112 47 87
RAMIPRIL 162 121 48 70
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 154 102 49 19
QUINAPRIL HCL 149 132 50 113
DONEPEZIL HCL 145 142 51 31
CEFDINIR 143 85 52 180
TRICOR 142 91 53 152
SINGULAIR 142 91 53 73
LEVOFLOXACIN 141 99 55 76
METHOCARBAMOL 138 74 R 56 84
LOVAZA 136 68 57 183
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 133 95 58 37
IBUPROFEN 131 62 59 93
SPIRIVA 130 94 60 72
SUCRALFATE 130 88 60 149
ACTOS 129 76 62 144
CLOPIDOGREL 122 91 63 34
PROAIR HFA 119 34 64 62
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 117 98 65 79
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 116 61 R 66 42
PROPRANOLOL HCL 115 72 67 133
PREMARIN 112 72 R 68 110
PLAVIX 111 83 69 45
JANUVIA 106 91 70 85
CITALOPRAM HBR 103 26 71 23
CYMBALTA 103 55 71 51
NIFEDIPINE ER 102 61 73 115
NAPROXEN 101 25 74 100
ADVAIR DISKUS 94 60 75 68
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 92 54 76 237
PAROXETINE HCL 90 54 77 69
TRAZODONE HCL 90 39 77 35
ALLOPURINOL 88 66 79 29
GLIPIZIDE 87 62 80 74
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 72 81 18
NAMENDA 80 69 82 46
VERAPAMIL ER 80 49 82 78
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 79 32 84 117
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 78 44 85 120
VYTORIN 78 78 85 206
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 78 41 85 137
SULINDAC 77 58 88 268
TIZANIDINE HCL 76 27 89 82
ESTRADIOL 75 22 R 90 122
AZITHROMYCIN 74 39 91 38
ZETIA 73 52 92 94
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 73 46 92 50
FEXOFENADINE HCL 73 33 92 275
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 72 52 95 64
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 55 95 33
MECLIZINE HCL 72 53 95 83
TRILIPIX 71 50 98 259
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 70 40 99 271
VENTOLIN HFA 67 29 100 91
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 28 101 61
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 62 37 R 102 267
TESTOSTERONE CYPIONATE 61 37 S3 103 371
DICYCLOMINE HCL 59 25 104 213
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 58 22 105 128
FAMOTIDINE 51 37 106 86
KLOR-CON M20 50 46 107 57
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 April 8, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.