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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,677Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 118 out of 780

$822K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 119 out of 780

370 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
96%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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

13% of this provider’s 370 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 370 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 16,538 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% 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

45 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
DONEPEZIL HCL 655 655 1 31
FUROSEMIDE 644 644 2 7
NAMENDA 638 638 3 46
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 563 560 4 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 532 526 5 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 499 489 6 11
SIMVASTATIN 422 394 7 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 403 403 8 4
OMEPRAZOLE 370 368 9 3
MIRTAZAPINE 369 369 10 58
WARFARIN SODIUM 355 355 11 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 336 336 S3 12 1
TRAZODONE HCL 293 293 13 35
RISPERIDONE 261 261 14 98
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 232 231 15 81
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 232 232 15 19
CARVEDILOL 229 229 17 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 225 225 18 20
SPIRONOLACTONE 218 218 19 53
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 173 172 20 25
LISINOPRIL 170 170 21 6
GLIMEPIRIDE 163 163 22 30
PREDNISONE 154 154 23 40
SERTRALINE HCL 152 152 24 27
ATENOLOL 144 144 25 21
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 138 138 26 61
LANTUS 137 137 27 71
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 135 135 28 9
TRAMADOL HCL 134 133 29 15
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 131 131 30 79
GABAPENTIN 121 121 31 13
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 120 118 32 49
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 116 116 33 119
CLOPIDOGREL 112 112 34 34
EXELON 109 109 35 132
DIOVAN 108 108 36 55
DIGOXIN 107 107 37 56
ALLOPURINOL 106 106 38 29
TAMSULOSIN HCL 105 105 39 36
NEXIUM 103 103 40 22
NITROFURANTOIN 103 102 40 235
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 94 94 42 117
AZITHROMYCIN 91 89 43 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 82 82 44 124
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 81 81 45 17
OLANZAPINE 80 80 46 191
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 79 79 47 88
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 78 78 48 10
HUMALOG 77 77 49 192
CLONIDINE HCL 76 76 50 28
MELOXICAM 74 74 51 16
LATANOPROST 71 71 52 287
PLAVIX 68 68 53 45
HYDROXYZINE HCL 68 68 R 53 155
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 68 68 53 41
METFORMIN HCL 67 67 56 8
NYSTATIN 66 64 57 203
BYSTOLIC 62 62 58 118
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 60 60 59 103
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 60 60 59 249
CEPHALEXIN 59 59 61 105
FLUCONAZOLE 59 59 61 111
HYDRALAZINE HCL 59 59 61 54
ABILIFY 59 56 61 197
CEFTRIAXONE 58 58 65 278
BENAZEPRIL HCL 58 58 65 59
BUSPIRONE HCL 58 58 65 125
LEVETIRACETAM 58 58 65 130
RIVASTIGMINE 55 55 69 280
CYMBALTA 54 47 70 51
SEROQUEL 53 53 71 172
TORSEMIDE 52 52 72 114
DILTIAZEM HCL 51 51 73 230
TIMOLOL MALEATE 50 50 74 379
LOVASTATIN 50 50 74 47
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 March 7, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.