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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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34,246Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 6 out of 780

$1.4M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 18 out of 780

926 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

2% of this provider’s 926 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 926 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 27,782 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% 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

37 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,084 976 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 1,079 973 2 7
FAMOTIDINE 1,028 849 10 3 86
OMEPRAZOLE 983 798 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 855 687 5 2
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 749 616 6 20
TRAMADOL HCL 720 632 7 15
LISINOPRIL 648 477 8 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 634 569 9 11
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 619 510 S3 10 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 599 518 11 23
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 572 504 12 5
TRAZODONE HCL 561 481 13 35
METFORMIN HCL 524 386 14 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 513 459 15 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 504 416 16 9
NEXIUM 486 341 17 22
GABAPENTIN 467 360 18 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 454 353 19 19
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 451 366 20 79
CARVEDILOL 381 344 21 14
MELOXICAM 368 270 22 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 361 357 23 31
CLOPIDOGREL 356 281 24 34
AZITHROMYCIN 343 263 25 38
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 339 273 26 41
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 338 283 27 10
BENAZEPRIL HCL 334 242 28 59
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 329 265 29 49
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 316 263 30 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 313 242 31 30
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 309 234 32 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 290 231 33 36
CEFDINIR 287 223 34 180
CRESTOR 266 211 35 32
PREDNISONE 256 203 36 40
PLAVIX 256 217 36 45
CEPHALEXIN 254 211 38 105
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 253 211 39 60
AMOXICILLIN 251 186 40 99
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 222 196 41 50
SERTRALINE HCL 214 134 42 27
PROAIR HFA 211 163 43 62
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 208 138 44 88
ATENOLOL 188 184 45 21
CILOSTAZOL 188 159 45 229
LACTULOSE 184 156 47 178
TIZANIDINE HCL 181 139 48 82
ADVAIR DISKUS 180 111 49 68
RAMIPRIL 178 169 50 70
CYMBALTA 175 126 51 51
DIOVAN 174 156 52 55
ALLOPURINOL 172 149 53 29
SYMBICORT 172 121 53 181
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 166 128 55 102
SINGULAIR 165 111 56 73
MEGESTROL ACETATE 157 157 R 57 161
FLUCONAZOLE 154 122 58 111
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 152 123 R 59 42
LYRICA 152 113 59 52
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 150 109 R 61 48
METHOCARBAMOL 145 91 R 62 84
LOVASTATIN 141 113 63 47
LANSOPRAZOLE 141 126 63 184
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 136 109 65 81
ESTRADIOL 133 106 R 66 122
MECLIZINE HCL 132 130 67 83
AMIODARONE HCL 131 130 68 139
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 125 86 69 18
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 125 110 69 138
RANITIDINE HCL 124 112 71 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 123 78 72 65
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 122 90 73 120
DIGOXIN 120 108 74 56
EVISTA 119 119 75 151
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 114 89 76 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 90 77 26
VENTOLIN HFA 107 72 78 91
NAMENDA 106 106 79 46
LANTUS 106 75 79 71
PREMARIN 103 68 R 81 110
CLONIDINE HCL 103 98 81 28
NYSTATIN 100 83 83 203
PAROXETINE HCL 100 93 83 69
ETODOLAC 95 74 85 174
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 87 86 33
RISPERIDONE 88 58 86 98
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 88 65 86 117
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 87 76 89 61
MUPIROCIN 87 70 89 173
LEVOFLOXACIN 84 59 91 76
FINASTERIDE 83 78 92 150
COMBIVENT 83 77 92 189
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 82 75 94 148
PRENATAL PLUS 80 78 95 387
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 80 74 95 112
CELEBREX 80 65 95 89
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 79 69 98 64
FEXOFENADINE HCL 78 64 99 275
KLOR-CON M20 77 60 100 57
DETROL LA 77 75 100 215
FENOFIBRATE 75 32 102 63
FENTANYL 73 67 S2 103 107
SPIRIVA 72 49 104 72
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 70 49 105 97
INSULIN SYRINGE 69 58 106 80
MIRTAZAPINE 69 54 106 58
PROPRANOLOL HCL 67 51 108 133
EXELON 66 66 109 132
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 66 62 109 37
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 66 63 109 156
VENLAFAXINE HCL 65 27 112 226
METOLAZONE 65 50 112 195
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 64 53 114 163
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 64 53 114 128
DIOVAN HCT 64 64 114 75
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 58 114 87
GLIPIZIDE 64 52 114 74
NOVOLIN 70-30 63 37 119 164
HYDROXYZINE HCL 61 49 R 120 155
JANUVIA 60 45 121 85
ONDANSETRON HCL 59 42 122 234
ONGLYZA 56 32 123 232
NITROSTAT 55 44 124 244
BACLOFEN 55 42 124 153
VERAPAMIL ER 55 44 124 78
EXFORGE 55 49 124 196
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 54 42 128 166
TRICOR 54 29 128 152
PRIMIDONE 53 47 130 199
LIPITOR 53 52 130 175
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 50 132 124
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 35 132 53
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 52 34 132 241
VYTORIN 51 40 135 206
ACTOS 51 44 135 144
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 50 39 137 44
SEROQUEL 50 46 137 172
COLCRYS 50 38 137 131
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. 6, 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.