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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,316Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 162 out of 780

$798K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 127 out of 780

470 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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

4% of this provider’s 470 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 470 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 11,564 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$56 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 881 589 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 418 364 2 5
SIMVASTATIN 399 319 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 392 348 4 4
OMEPRAZOLE 364 303 5 3
METFORMIN HCL ER 306 231 6 43
FUROSEMIDE 293 266 7 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 275 257 8 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 268 227 9 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 248 197 10 9
LISINOPRIL 240 190 11 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 234 154 12 17
METFORMIN HCL 216 190 13 8
NEXIUM 211 158 14 22
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 210 186 15 64
CARVEDILOL 209 158 16 14
GABAPENTIN 195 156 17 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 191 175 18 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 190 158 19 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 183 167 20 23
ALLOPURINOL 173 126 21 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 167 128 22 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 154 122 23 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 152 143 24 60
CLOPIDOGREL 150 134 25 34
DIGOXIN 144 116 26 56
WARFARIN SODIUM 140 130 27 24
ATENOLOL 132 131 28 21
TRAMADOL HCL 126 93 29 15
SPIRONOLACTONE 122 93 30 53
MELOXICAM 120 97 31 16
PLAVIX 109 101 32 45
RAMIPRIL 107 85 33 70
SERTRALINE HCL 104 85 34 27
FENOFIBRATE 99 56 35 63
ACTOS 98 93 36 144
TAMSULOSIN HCL 98 68 36 36
PREDNISONE 91 75 38 40
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 87 83 R 39 48
LOVASTATIN 86 74 40 47
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 85 61 41 61
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 77 41 33
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 83 83 43 124
SYNTHROID 81 77 44 77
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 80 74 45 25
CRESTOR 79 59 46 32
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 77 74 R 47 108
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 75 35 R 48 42
ZETIA 75 46 48 94
FAMOTIDINE 72 49 50 86
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 71 51 51 112
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 71 60 51 143
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 67 62 53 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 66 57 54 79
LEVOFLOXACIN 64 51 55 76
MECLIZINE HCL 64 59 55 83
FLUOXETINE HCL 62 44 57 65
PREMARIN 61 59 R 58 110
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 61 51 58 44
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 60 44 60 169
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 55 33 61 117
AZITHROMYCIN 54 48 62 38
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 46 62 26
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 53 42 64 41
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 Jan. 3, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.