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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,096Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 84 out of 387

$1.36M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 387

543 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
30%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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 Oklahoma
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

75% of this provider’s 543 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 543 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

7% of this provider’s 3,206 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$123 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $64 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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 Oklahoma
CARISOPRODOL 1,088 103 R 1 53
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 1,028 283 S2 2 79
OXYCODONE HCL 998 168 S2 3 71
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 960 310 S3 4 1
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 934 187 S2 5 98
OXYCONTIN 724 162 S2 6 92
FENTANYL 372 44 S2 7 80
GABAPENTIN 363 75 8 10
ENDOCET 266 73 S2 9 147
OPANA ER 236 30 S2 10 248
TIZANIDINE HCL 203 66 11 127
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 188 40 12 16
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 157 33 R 13 42
MELOXICAM 151 44 14 22
LYRICA 148 0 15 66
CELEBREX 119 46 16 72
PROMETHAZINE HCL 118 11 R 17 82
NEXIUM 115 22 18 26
METHOCARBAMOL 113 11 R 19 224
CYMBALTA 111 27 20 44
OMEPRAZOLE 109 50 21 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 88 74 22 2
SIMVASTATIN 86 71 23 5
PREDNISONE 76 18 24 43
TRAZODONE HCL 73 12 25 37
LISINOPRIL 72 60 26 3
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 45 27 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 47 28 73
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 59 12 29 166
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 Sept. 10, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.