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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,301Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 83 out of 780

$809K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 122 out of 780

580 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
68% 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

7% of this provider’s 580 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 580 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 15,757 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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 1,068 800 S3 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 707 584 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 683 558 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 633 516 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 559 532 5 7
SIMVASTATIN 518 475 6 2
SERTRALINE HCL 411 360 7 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 408 371 8 11
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 379 316 9 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 354 278 10 10
CARVEDILOL 290 241 11 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 285 282 12 31
ATENOLOL 283 204 13 21
LISINOPRIL 282 240 14 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 271 253 15 24
GLIMEPIRIDE 252 209 16 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 245 205 17 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 224 178 18 17
GABAPENTIN 212 129 19 13
RISPERIDONE 211 203 20 98
MELOXICAM 211 158 20 16
METFORMIN HCL 210 139 22 8
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 206 154 23 12
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 183 173 24 119
NAMENDA 180 180 25 46
NEXIUM 175 111 26 22
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 163 122 27 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 158 141 28 18
AZITHROMYCIN 155 109 29 38
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 151 108 R 30 108
ROPINIROLE HCL 146 120 31 87
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 144 135 32 79
CITALOPRAM HBR 141 100 33 23
CLOPIDOGREL 133 111 34 34
LYRICA 133 111 34 52
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 127 83 R 36 42
DIOVAN 125 111 37 55
CLONIDINE HCL 125 80 37 28
KLOR-CON M20 124 102 39 57
CELEBREX 120 117 40 89
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 86 41 33
PLAVIX 105 85 42 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 104 83 43 49
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 102 93 44 124
DIOVAN HCT 101 92 45 75
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 100 89 46 20
RAMIPRIL 100 82 46 70
SUCRALFATE 95 88 48 149
LEVOFLOXACIN 94 83 49 76
DIGOXIN 94 82 49 56
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 91 67 51 61
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 89 76 52 81
CRESTOR 89 78 52 32
MIRTAZAPINE 88 88 54 58
BENAZEPRIL HCL 83 77 55 59
TRAMADOL HCL 83 64 55 15
ZETIA 81 59 57 94
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 69 58 68
PROMETHAZINE HCL 77 53 R 59 66
DILTIAZEM ER 75 63 60 134
PHENYTOIN 75 57 60 327
DETROL LA 75 72 60 215
PAROXETINE HCL 74 64 63 69
LANTUS 73 60 64 71
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 35 65 41
MECLIZINE HCL 71 54 66 83
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 68 42 67 37
ALLOPURINOL 68 48 67 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 66 69 50
PREMARIN 62 31 R 70 110
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 61 61 71 218
SEROQUEL 60 60 72 172
SPIRIVA 60 47 72 72
FAMOTIDINE 59 40 74 86
PREDNISONE 59 55 74 40
JANUVIA 59 55 74 85
CYMBALTA 58 38 77 51
FENTANYL 58 58 S2 77 107
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 58 42 R 77 48
PATANOL 57 53 80 424
NOVOLIN 70-30 57 52 80 164
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 57 41 80 9
AMOXICILLIN 56 32 83 99
VERAPAMIL ER 56 26 83 78
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 47 S2 85 187
IBUPROFEN 54 47 86 93
PROAIR HFA 54 44 86 62
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 53 49 88 128
COLCRYS 53 52 88 131
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 52 35 90 121
HYDRALAZINE HCL 50 49 91 54
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 50 48 91 148
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 50 50 91 60
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 45 91 102
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 May 16, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.