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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,200Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 129 out of 252

$348K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 148 out of 252

234 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
89% 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

33% of this provider’s 234 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 5,386 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 23%.

Prescription Price

$48 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 590 486 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 404 307 2 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 343 216 S3 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 342 281 4 7
LISINOPRIL 216 185 5 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 203 162 6 8
NEXIUM 198 133 7 23
METFORMIN HCL 186 136 8 9
CARVEDILOL 165 134 9 22
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 149 114 10 134
OMEPRAZOLE 142 108 11 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 138 94 12 13
QUINAPRIL HCL 129 94 13 120
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 128 110 14 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 127 115 15 16
GLIMEPIRIDE 109 100 16 40
LANTUS 107 71 17 55
ALLOPURINOL 107 62 17 30
CLONIDINE HCL 106 88 19 35
GABAPENTIN 98 85 20 11
RAMIPRIL 86 64 21 71
CLOPIDOGREL 82 76 22 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 81 57 23 12
SPIRIVA 70 51 24 68
PLAVIX 70 59 24 43
LIPITOR 64 64 26 112
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 63 34 R 27 82
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 63 52 27 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 40 29 26
MELOXICAM 57 45 30 20
DIOVAN 56 54 31 38
CRESTOR 54 18 32 34
GLYBURIDE 53 53 R 33 78
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 52 23 R 34 51
RANITIDINE HCL 52 41 34 48
DIGOXIN 51 43 36 44
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 50 45 37 1
ATENOLOL 50 28 37 18
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 Nov. 2, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.