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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,404Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 137 out of 780

$823K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 118 out of 780

511 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%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 Alabama
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 511 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 511 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,102 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$53 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 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 1,011 787 1 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 639 478 2 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 615 521 3 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 558 384 S3 4 1
LISINOPRIL 516 377 5 6
OMEPRAZOLE 455 315 6 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 345 205 7 23
SIMVASTATIN 300 232 8 2
FUROSEMIDE 297 218 9 7
METFORMIN HCL 297 168 9 8
ATENOLOL 290 240 11 21
GABAPENTIN 289 178 12 13
CRESTOR 252 237 13 32
MELOXICAM 242 163 14 16
SERTRALINE HCL 240 181 15 27
NEXIUM 224 179 16 22
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 215 149 17 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 207 137 18 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 202 147 19 20
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 196 133 20 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 191 127 21 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 188 122 22 25
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 182 156 23 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 166 136 24 18
ALLOPURINOL 161 143 25 29
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157 120 26 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 135 104 27 17
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 133 80 28 41
CYMBALTA 116 71 29 51
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 115 98 R 30 48
TAMSULOSIN HCL 114 91 31 36
FENOFIBRATE 111 77 32 63
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 108 40 R 33 42
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 107 80 34 121
CARVEDILOL 106 77 35 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 104 104 36 31
TRAMADOL HCL 103 70 37 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 101 56 38 11
METFORMIN HCL ER 100 66 39 43
CLONIDINE HCL 93 62 40 28
AZITHROMYCIN 89 66 41 38
CLOPIDOGREL 87 82 42 34
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 81 77 43 97
WARFARIN SODIUM 80 74 44 24
PEN NEEDLE 78 64 45 136
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 44 46 37
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 75 59 47 148
TRAZODONE HCL 75 40 47 35
RANITIDINE HCL 74 62 49 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 74 62 49 19
LYRICA 73 54 51 52
BENAZEPRIL HCL 71 61 52 59
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 71 56 52 26
GEMFIBROZIL 71 46 52 104
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 69 54 55 156
DIGOXIN 65 65 56 56
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 64 38 57 211
PROMETHAZINE HCL 59 18 R 58 66
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 32 59 68
PAROXETINE HCL 58 47 59 69
PLAVIX 57 53 61 45
LOVASTATIN 55 32 62 47
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 53 37 63 92
PREDNISONE 52 34 64 40
NATEGLINIDE 50 50 65 283
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 Dec. 6, 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.