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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,785Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 18 out of 780

$1.16M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 40 out of 780

1,063 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

2% of this provider’s 1,063 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 1,063 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 19,472 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

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,121 816 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,111 743 S3 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 898 654 3 3
FUROSEMIDE 887 633 4 7
LISINOPRIL 878 593 5 6
CARVEDILOL 878 643 5 14
METFORMIN HCL 871 575 7 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 859 630 8 4
GABAPENTIN 677 399 9 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 637 464 10 5
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 582 360 11 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 520 357 12 9
GLIPIZIDE 495 349 13 74
WARFARIN SODIUM 432 333 14 24
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 400 196 R 15 42
ATENOLOL 356 241 16 21
LOVASTATIN 355 265 17 47
MELOXICAM 347 244 18 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 347 305 18 36
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 331 234 S3 20 116
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 306 208 21 25
IBUPROFEN 297 190 22 93
TRAMADOL HCL 297 192 22 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 290 205 24 11
FELODIPINE ER 280 199 25 126
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 278 206 26 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 259 199 27 12
LYRICA 254 157 28 52
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 241 137 R 29 48
NAPROXEN 239 144 30 100
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 233 141 31 37
DIGOXIN 229 170 32 56
MECLIZINE HCL 225 171 33 83
RANITIDINE HCL 223 92 34 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 216 156 35 49
SERTRALINE HCL 209 112 36 27
NEXIUM 206 117 37 22
VENTOLIN HFA 200 130 38 91
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 199 146 39 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 196 119 40 68
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 193 135 41 20
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 193 153 41 79
CLONIDINE HCL 190 130 43 28
PREDNISONE 189 134 44 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 188 109 45 61
SPIRIVA 186 112 46 72
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 185 136 47 10
INSULIN SYRINGE 184 130 48 80
KLOR-CON 10 179 140 49 90
CLOPIDOGREL 178 126 50 34
PROAIR HFA 175 110 51 62
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 161 85 52 137
CITALOPRAM HBR 158 92 53 23
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 157 105 54 60
CRESTOR 146 83 55 32
ALLOPURINOL 139 94 56 29
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 135 74 57 103
NIFEDIPINE ER 132 105 58 115
HUMULIN 70-30 128 96 59 106
VERAPAMIL ER 124 95 60 78
PROMETHAZINE HCL 119 60 R 61 66
KLOR-CON M20 116 73 62 57
LANTUS 115 77 63 71
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 115 60 63 88
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 114 107 65 218
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 112 55 66 18
PLAVIX 108 72 67 45
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 107 98 68 44
CYMBALTA 105 42 69 51
GEMFIBROZIL 100 73 70 104
AVODART 96 75 71 255
INDOMETHACIN 93 50 R 72 261
BUSPIRONE HCL 90 45 73 125
DONEPEZIL HCL 84 80 74 31
LEVEMIR 83 41 75 198
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 83 66 75 102
DIOVAN HCT 82 42 77 75
BENAZEPRIL HCL 82 81 77 59
EXFORGE 81 60 79 196
QUINAPRIL HCL 78 73 80 113
SPIRONOLACTONE 78 40 80 53
PROPRANOLOL HCL 76 42 82 133
TRAZODONE HCL 74 40 83 35
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 74 59 83 33
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 72 69 85 148
CEPHALEXIN 71 40 86 105
DIOVAN 69 63 87 55
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 16 87 65
COLCRYS 69 44 87 131
GLIMEPIRIDE 66 48 90 30
JANUVIA 66 48 90 85
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 46 92 95
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 54 93 87
BACLOFEN 64 35 93 153
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 64 43 93 135
PEN NEEDLE 64 34 93 136
SYMBICORT 62 46 97 181
SINGULAIR 61 32 98 73
PAROXETINE HCL 57 29 99 69
FINASTERIDE 57 57 99 150
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 56 38 101 128
ACTONEL 56 54 101 264
MEGESTROL ACETATE 55 55 R 103 161
FENOFIBRATE 55 43 103 63
TIZANIDINE HCL 54 15 105 82
DEXILANT 53 31 106 247
BYSTOLIC 53 43 106 118
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 41 108 54
ZETIA 51 33 109 94
BENICAR HCT 51 48 109 220
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 51 26 109 41
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 50 33 112 92
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 June 11, 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.