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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,779Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 16 out of 780

$1.61M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 780

1,078 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
78%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

8% of this provider’s 1,078 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 1,078 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 24,213 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 1,210 998 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,196 822 S3 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 869 715 3 3
SIMVASTATIN 861 726 4 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 839 727 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 817 657 6 7
LISINOPRIL 812 637 7 6
MELOXICAM 637 467 8 16
METFORMIN HCL 595 409 9 8
GABAPENTIN 555 394 10 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 526 506 11 24
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 526 423 11 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 494 265 13 17
CITALOPRAM HBR 466 371 14 23
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 446 346 15 12
CARVEDILOL 426 379 16 14
TRAMADOL HCL 383 314 17 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 367 276 18 25
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 360 291 19 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 349 297 20 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 326 284 21 20
HYDRALAZINE HCL 301 279 22 54
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 280 241 23 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 268 263 24 31
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 264 205 25 37
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 263 234 26 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 247 202 27 36
TRAZODONE HCL 239 152 28 35
MIRTAZAPINE 234 220 29 58
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 227 209 30 60
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 220 208 31 10
LOVASTATIN 216 191 32 47
NEXIUM 210 143 33 22
CRESTOR 209 143 34 32
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 201 134 35 79
CLONIDINE HCL 194 165 36 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 194 158 36 33
FLUOXETINE HCL 191 143 38 65
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 176 136 39 81
CARISOPRODOL 172 50 R 40 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 172 140 40 44
KLOR-CON M20 169 140 42 57
CYMBALTA 167 64 43 51
CLOPIDOGREL 166 129 44 34
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 158 104 R 45 48
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 152 131 R 46 108
ALLOPURINOL 152 129 46 29
NAMENDA 151 144 48 46
GLIMEPIRIDE 149 124 49 30
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 146 84 R 50 42
KLOR-CON 10 143 123 51 90
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 138 111 52 61
METHADONE HCL 138 50 S2 52 127
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 115 54 95
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 135 135 55 97
PROMETHAZINE HCL 133 52 R 56 66
ATENOLOL 131 101 57 21
PLAVIX 131 107 57 45
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 126 116 59 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 123 81 60 49
DIOVAN 122 122 61 55
KLOR-CON M10 122 100 61 168
PROPRANOLOL HCL 116 92 63 133
HUMALOG 112 98 64 192
LANTUS 112 108 64 71
DIGOXIN 111 101 66 56
AZITHROMYCIN 102 73 67 38
MECLIZINE HCL 102 94 67 83
LYRICA 102 79 67 52
ZETIA 100 83 70 94
LEVOFLOXACIN 99 78 71 76
SERTRALINE HCL 99 88 71 27
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 98 98 73 138
PEN NEEDLE 95 65 74 136
NIFEDIPINE ER 94 83 75 115
LACTULOSE 92 73 76 178
PREDNISONE 90 66 77 40
DIOVAN HCT 88 57 78 75
CEPHALEXIN 85 55 79 105
GLIPIZIDE 83 60 80 74
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 83 65 80 156
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 62 82 68
FLUCONAZOLE 79 57 83 111
PREMARIN 79 73 R 83 110
NYSTATIN 78 72 85 203
MEGESTROL ACETATE 78 75 R 85 161
VERAPAMIL ER 77 77 87 78
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 77 55 87 211
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 50 87 41
INSULIN SYRINGE 75 58 90 80
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 75 75 90 169
RANITIDINE HCL 75 63 90 39
FENTANYL 74 45 S2 93 107
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 74 67 93 124
FINASTERIDE 74 74 93 150
COLCRYS 73 72 96 131
CELEBREX 72 55 97 89
QUINAPRIL HCL 72 50 97 113
TIZANIDINE HCL 71 35 99 82
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 70 67 100 143
SINGULAIR 69 67 101 73
SEROQUEL 69 47 101 172
ABILIFY 69 35 101 197
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 69 69 101 179
HUMULIN R 68 68 105 228
HUMULIN 70-30 68 66 105 106
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 67 52 107 281
GLIPIZIDE XL 65 62 108 176
PRIMIDONE 63 46 109 199
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 62 51 110 88
DILTIAZEM ER 61 61 111 134
GEMFIBROZIL 61 49 111 104
AMOXICILLIN 60 43 113 99
DOXEPIN HCL 60 41 113 170
ACTONEL 60 60 113 264
BENAZEPRIL HCL 59 36 116 59
IBUPROFEN 57 32 117 93
VESICARE 57 42 117 186
NOVOLOG 56 33 119 158
ESTRADIOL 55 40 R 120 122
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 55 51 120 128
AMIODARONE HCL 55 55 120 139
LEVETIRACETAM 54 43 123 130
TORSEMIDE 54 47 123 114
FAMOTIDINE 53 50 125 86
HYDROXYZINE HCL 53 48 R 125 155
ROPINIROLE HCL 53 37 125 87
NIASPAN 52 36 128 167
COMBIVENT 51 44 129 189
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 51 30 129 148
SUCRALFATE 50 39 131 149
BUPROPION XL 50 42 131 177
TRICOR 50 37 131 152
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 March 6, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.