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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,779Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 61 out of 336

$931K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 49 out of 336

449 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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 Mississippi
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 449 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 449 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 11,433 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 Mississippi
FUROSEMIDE 630 470 1 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 533 394 2 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 514 370 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 409 332 4 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 351 227 S3 5 2
CRESTOR 345 299 6 25
CLONIDINE HCL 344 235 7 32
OMEPRAZOLE 334 223 8 3
SIMVASTATIN 330 247 9 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 274 199 10 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 240 166 11 17
HYDRALAZINE HCL 232 207 12 53
METFORMIN HCL 222 132 13 8
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 216 149 14 60
GABAPENTIN 213 170 15 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 210 173 16 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 201 150 17 14
CLOPIDOGREL 193 119 18 28
CARVEDILOL 192 115 19 13
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 189 162 20 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 189 147 20 40
PLAVIX 186 125 22 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 174 125 23 10
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 163 96 R 24 65
FAMOTIDINE 162 125 25 73
GLYBURIDE 157 131 R 26 76
MELOXICAM 153 119 27 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 137 114 28 15
DIGOXIN 125 108 29 50
ZETIA 119 75 30 74
LEVEMIR 119 86 30 149
NAMENDA 117 117 32 39
DONEPEZIL HCL 116 112 33 27
ALLOPURINOL 112 97 34 30
AMIODARONE HCL 111 86 35 117
BYSTOLIC 111 76 35 79
BENAZEPRIL HCL 109 69 37 59
NIASPAN 106 69 38 139
NEXIUM 104 61 39 24
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 104 79 39 201
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 103 75 41 68
KLOR-CON M20 98 64 42 51
TRICOR 98 48 42 108
PREDNISONE 95 70 44 48
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 94 79 45 54
LOVASTATIN 89 61 46 34
NOVOLOG 87 75 47 135
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 86 62 48 55
AZITHROMYCIN 85 56 49 58
LISINOPRIL 85 69 49 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 70 51 22
NITROFURANTOIN 82 57 52 210
LYRICA 81 51 53 70
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 81 47 R 53 57
KLOR-CON 10 78 49 55 75
BACLOFEN 77 22 56 179
TRAMADOL HCL 77 52 56 20
LIPITOR 74 58 58 62
ATENOLOL 73 46 59 26
LEVETIRACETAM 72 34 60 114
DIOVAN 72 56 60 31
SERTRALINE HCL 68 53 62 33
RANITIDINE HCL 67 43 63 36
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 65 63 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 67 56 63 38
DIOVAN HCT 66 43 66 41
NIFEDIPINE ER 63 58 67 87
RISPERIDONE 62 56 68 90
JANUVIA 62 60 68 67
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 32 70 49
COLCRYS 58 30 71 103
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 58 38 R 71 78
LANTUS 58 51 71 56
SINGULAIR 57 31 74 85
WELCHOL 57 53 74 195
ENOXAPARIN SODIUM 57 0 74 324
RAMIPRIL 55 31 77 84
BUSPIRONE HCL 52 38 78 113
VOLTAREN 52 37 78 234
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 51 41 80 69
NOVOLIN 70-30 50 49 81 163
TORSEMIDE 50 34 81 127
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 July 30, 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.