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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,868Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 49 out of 336

$915K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 52 out of 336

522 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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
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this specialty
in Mississippi
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 522 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 522 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 14,719 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 516 432 1 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 501 468 2 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 501 438 2 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 495 410 S3 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 494 413 5 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 438 391 6 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 318 266 7 7
NAMENDA 318 312 7 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 302 266 9 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 294 238 10 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 290 193 11 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 272 268 12 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 271 227 13 17
SIMVASTATIN 259 211 14 5
LISINOPRIL 255 197 15 6
GABAPENTIN 253 200 16 11
RANITIDINE HCL 241 191 17 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 189 150 18 14
DIGOXIN 185 180 19 50
CARVEDILOL 177 170 20 13
CYMBALTA 168 124 21 52
METFORMIN HCL 162 125 22 8
TAMSULOSIN HCL 160 149 23 38
MIRTAZAPINE 157 117 24 66
NOVOLIN R 155 151 25 181
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 152 145 26 12
CLOPIDOGREL 147 130 27 28
RISPERIDONE 146 141 28 90
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 145 122 29 16
BENAZEPRIL HCL 144 126 30 59
PREDNISONE 142 121 31 48
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 139 97 R 32 57
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 138 107 33 44
MELOXICAM 134 104 34 19
TRAZODONE HCL 128 112 35 46
AZITHROMYCIN 127 102 36 58
ALLOPURINOL 127 97 36 30
SERTRALINE HCL 123 108 38 33
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 121 104 39 35
TRAMADOL HCL 118 92 40 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 117 87 41 23
FLUOXETINE HCL 112 94 42 81
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 110 97 43 55
CRESTOR 109 90 44 25
ROPINIROLE HCL 109 46 44 98
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 102 86 46 22
JANUVIA 102 97 46 67
PLAVIX 100 92 48 37
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 98 96 49 68
METFORMIN HCL ER 98 76 49 61
LANTUS 97 82 51 56
DIOVAN 97 84 51 31
JANUMET 95 37 53 134
SPIRIVA 95 84 53 88
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 94 77 55 94
ATENOLOL 84 62 56 26
NYSTATIN 83 78 57 212
PAROXETINE HCL 82 53 58 64
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 82 56 58 69
CLONIDINE HCL 77 61 60 32
NEXIUM 75 66 61 24
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 74 41 S3 62 136
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 69 63 207
LOVASTATIN 72 40 64 34
JANTOVEN 71 71 65 125
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 70 55 66 47
GLIMEPIRIDE 67 56 67 29
GLIPIZIDE ER 67 62 67 91
LACTULOSE 67 65 67 143
DETROL LA 66 40 70 175
MEGESTROL ACETATE 65 61 R 71 110
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 53 71 49
MECLIZINE HCL 64 64 73 96
LEVOFLOXACIN 62 51 74 93
LEVEMIR 60 54 75 149
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 60 42 75 100
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 60 60 75 153
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 60 55 75 236
NOVOLIN 70-30 59 52 79 163
PROMETHAZINE HCL 58 36 R 80 99
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 37 81 45
CEFDINIR 57 45 81 216
AGGRENOX 57 57 81 133
OLANZAPINE 56 56 84 178
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 55 52 85 225
HUMULIN N 55 55 85 184
DIOVAN HCT 55 48 85 41
GLIPIZIDE 55 31 85 71
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 54 51 89 142
PROAIR HFA 54 29 89 77
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 33 91 101
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 53 51 91 249
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 52 52 93 224
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 52 43 93 145
EXELON 51 49 95 154
COMBIVENT 51 48 95 152
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 51 32 95 172
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 Dec. 7, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.