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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,477Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 68 out of 336

$972K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 44 out of 336

545 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
39% 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 Mississippi
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 545 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 545 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 17%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 13,041 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

30% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$63 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 24.


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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 Mississippi
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 680 547 1 1
LISINOPRIL 568 506 2 6
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 542 414 S3 3 2
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 450 393 4 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 420 383 5 12
SIMVASTATIN 400 332 6 5
NEXIUM 373 313 7 24
OMEPRAZOLE 348 262 8 3
FUROSEMIDE 333 294 9 4
METFORMIN HCL 322 280 10 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 300 251 11 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 286 264 12 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 277 264 13 15
DIOVAN 253 220 14 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 237 185 15 9
CRESTOR 235 203 16 25
GABAPENTIN 234 196 17 11
SYNTHROID 215 186 18 43
CARVEDILOL 209 178 19 13
SERTRALINE HCL 190 165 20 33
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 186 162 21 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 160 142 22 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 159 109 23 21
CYMBALTA 158 139 24 52
ATENOLOL 145 132 25 26
TAMSULOSIN HCL 128 114 26 38
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 127 122 27 7
ALLOPURINOL 116 82 28 30
LANTUS 111 86 29 56
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 109 97 30 44
NAMENDA 103 103 31 39
KLOR-CON M20 103 100 31 51
TRAZODONE HCL 100 93 33 46
CLOPIDOGREL 99 86 34 28
DONEPEZIL HCL 94 94 35 27
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 91 62 S3 36 136
PLAVIX 90 82 37 37
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 87 66 38 54
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 87 66 R 38 57
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 86 53 R 40 65
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 83 80 41 10
ZETIA 82 57 42 74
TRAMADOL HCL 82 53 42 20
PROPAFENONE HCL 81 81 44 254
BENAZEPRIL HCL 80 78 45 59
JANUVIA 79 79 46 67
DIGOXIN 79 67 46 50
INDAPAMIDE 78 78 48 160
SPIRIVA 78 65 48 88
PREDNISONE 73 67 50 48
LUNESTA 72 72 51 255
LIPITOR 69 60 52 62
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 54 53 126
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 67 35 54 100
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 60 S2 54 136
FENOFIBRATE 66 57 56 72
BYSTOLIC 66 43 56 79
PAROXETINE HCL 66 66 56 64
LYRICA 64 54 59 70
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 64 40 59 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 42 61 40
TRICOR 60 40 62 108
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 51 62 69
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 58 64 86
RANITIDINE HCL 58 43 64 36
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 57 48 66 94
SOTALOL 57 51 66 259
BENICAR 55 55 68 112
NITROSTAT 53 49 69 198
MIRTAZAPINE 52 33 70 66
PREMARIN 52 51 R 70 131
HYDRALAZINE HCL 52 52 70 53
DIOVAN HCT 51 46 73 41
CLONIDINE HCL 50 50 74 32
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. 17, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.