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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,577Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 154 out of 780

$610K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 217 out of 780

541 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
46% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 541 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 9,659 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 592 454 1 5
OMEPRAZOLE 502 364 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 490 363 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 485 372 4 7
LISINOPRIL 475 317 5 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 437 255 S3 6 1
METFORMIN HCL ER 363 255 7 43
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 362 236 8 4
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 277 194 9 97
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 271 208 10 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 250 191 11 9
GABAPENTIN 246 160 12 13
SERTRALINE HCL 241 150 13 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 235 175 14 10
CARVEDILOL 228 196 15 14
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 207 148 16 37
GLIMEPIRIDE 197 126 17 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 195 135 18 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 188 82 19 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 184 149 20 11
ATENOLOL 184 146 20 21
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 169 100 22 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 161 127 23 12
CLONIDINE HCL 160 90 24 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 158 104 25 65
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 143 94 26 18
NEXIUM 139 77 27 22
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 135 78 28 137
TRAZODONE HCL 135 80 28 35
METFORMIN HCL 135 111 28 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 129 89 31 17
FAMOTIDINE 122 91 32 86
DONEPEZIL HCL 119 118 33 31
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 119 78 R 33 48
TRAMADOL HCL 117 58 35 15
RAMIPRIL 115 91 36 70
RANITIDINE HCL 115 62 36 39
MELOXICAM 111 79 38 16
VERAPAMIL ER 110 56 39 78
ALLOPURINOL 96 70 40 29
PREMARIN 95 41 R 41 110
MIRTAZAPINE 94 50 42 58
CLOPIDOGREL 92 53 43 34
SPIRONOLACTONE 89 57 44 53
HUMULIN 70-30 88 55 45 106
PLAVIX 81 65 46 45
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 78 47 47 112
METHOCARBAMOL 78 40 R 47 84
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 54 49 60
PROMETHAZINE HCL 72 11 R 50 66
LYRICA 72 40 50 52
WARFARIN SODIUM 69 62 52 24
CYMBALTA 68 15 53 51
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 45 54 33
DIGOXIN 64 59 55 56
LOVASTATIN 61 48 56 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 61 48 56 36
GLYBURIDE 60 46 R 58 101
GEMFIBROZIL 59 24 59 104
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 58 21 R 60 42
CRESTOR 58 44 60 32
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 56 28 62 162
GLIPIZIDE ER 55 36 63 109
CARISOPRODOL 54 19 R 64 67
BENAZEPRIL HCL 53 37 65 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 50 66 44
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 52 35 66 64
KLOR-CON M20 50 32 68 57
CITALOPRAM HBR 50 29 68 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 17 68 41
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 June 1, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.