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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,204Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 26 out of 252

$764K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 41 out of 252

527 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%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 Arkansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 527 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,644 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 Arkansas
FUROSEMIDE 719 645 1 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 696 588 2 1
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 596 496 3 19
OMEPRAZOLE 563 463 4 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 558 502 5 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 457 333 S3 6 5
CARVEDILOL 438 406 7 22
GABAPENTIN 346 249 8 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 344 301 9 4
TRAMADOL HCL 341 291 10 17
SPIRONOLACTONE 325 282 11 53
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 289 239 12 182
LISINOPRIL 283 232 13 3
SIMVASTATIN 277 217 14 2
CITALOPRAM HBR 277 252 14 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 275 234 16 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 270 215 17 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 249 206 18 10
WARFARIN SODIUM 204 204 19 14
CLOPIDOGREL 203 166 20 29
SYNTHROID 198 190 21 47
METFORMIN HCL 191 122 22 9
FAMOTIDINE 181 172 23 59
ATENOLOL 180 162 24 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 177 139 25 21
CRESTOR 173 137 26 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 164 136 27 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 120 28 13
AZITHROMYCIN 159 124 29 37
ALLOPURINOL 156 134 30 30
MELOXICAM 142 121 31 20
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 140 113 32 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 139 128 33 50
LANTUS 136 127 34 55
SPIRIVA 134 114 35 68
GLYBURIDE 133 109 R 36 78
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 130 115 37 56
LYRICA 129 106 38 66
DIOVAN HCT 126 116 39 65
PLAVIX 125 105 40 43
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 121 81 41 109
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 112 98 R 42 46
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 106 93 43 49
SERTRALINE HCL 103 86 44 27
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 103 96 44 67
LIPITOR 101 95 46 112
HYDRALAZINE HCL 88 87 47 95
DICYCLOMINE HCL 84 79 48 216
CYMBALTA 83 73 49 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 82 77 50 26
MIRTAZAPINE 82 73 50 58
LOVAZA 79 72 52 172
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 78 73 53 61
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 76 76 R 54 82
NOVOLOG 73 51 55 106
DIGOXIN 72 72 56 44
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 72 57 56 25
RANITIDINE HCL 71 67 58 48
CLONIDINE HCL 70 70 59 35
INSULIN SYRINGE 67 63 60 93
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 67 16 R 60 51
NEXIUM 64 57 62 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 64 62 62
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 62 64 77
BUPROPION HCL SR 63 43 64 198
PEN NEEDLE 62 43 66 140
TRAZODONE HCL 61 31 67 31
DIOVAN 60 60 68 38
KLOR-CON M20 57 46 69 69
PROAIR HFA 54 45 70 54
SYMBICORT 54 49 70 137
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 54 41 70 163
LANOXIN 51 51 73 351
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 50 43 74 107
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 50 42 74 87
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. 24, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.