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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,804Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 76 out of 780

$915K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 85 out of 780

475 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

8% of this provider’s 475 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

39% of this provider’s 475 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 15,169 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

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,042 724 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 1,032 813 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 755 609 3 3
LISINOPRIL 718 531 4 6
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 566 480 5 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 459 362 6 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 447 381 7 5
METFORMIN HCL 431 301 8 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 409 308 9 4
FUROSEMIDE 390 299 10 7
SERTRALINE HCL 353 284 11 27
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 330 212 12 17
CARVEDILOL 309 228 13 14
MELOXICAM 304 236 14 16
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 271 226 15 33
GABAPENTIN 270 184 16 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 257 209 17 24
DONEPEZIL HCL 254 245 18 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 252 203 19 10
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 230 206 20 9
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 218 168 21 41
ALLOPURINOL 193 149 22 29
CLONIDINE HCL 177 96 23 28
CRESTOR 171 110 24 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 167 114 25 36
JANUVIA 167 141 25 85
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 165 145 27 60
GLIMEPIRIDE 162 98 28 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 160 133 29 20
ATENOLOL 156 127 30 21
HUMULIN 70-30 156 132 30 106
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 152 135 32 79
DILTIAZEM ER 149 139 33 134
CITALOPRAM HBR 149 81 33 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 144 118 35 19
NAMENDA 141 131 36 46
TRAZODONE HCL 141 88 36 35
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 136 98 38 26
CLOPIDOGREL 134 108 39 34
TRAMADOL HCL 128 117 40 15
FENTANYL 122 85 S2 41 107
EVISTA 118 98 42 151
KETOPROFEN 117 98 43 372
NEXIUM 108 95 44 22
PROAIR HFA 108 49 44 62
KLOR-CON M20 102 75 46 57
RISPERIDONE 95 95 47 98
LEVOFLOXACIN 95 68 47 76
PLAVIX 93 84 49 45
TORSEMIDE 93 73 49 114
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 92 74 51 138
DIGOXIN 91 87 52 56
SINGULAIR 90 61 53 73
PAROXETINE HCL 89 76 54 69
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 85 54 44
METFORMIN HCL ER 88 66 56 43
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 81 55 57 12
HYDRALAZINE HCL 78 72 58 54
DIPHENHYDRAMINE HCL 77 40 R 59 392
FLUOCINONIDE 76 58 60 359
ONGLYZA 74 45 61 232
AZELASTINE HCL 71 47 62 353
TERAZOSIN HCL 71 67 62 160
BUMETANIDE 70 57 64 96
INSULIN SYRINGE 69 41 65 80
SPIRIVA 68 57 66 72
RANITIDINE HCL 67 49 67 39
CARISOPRODOL 67 26 R 67 67
ADVAIR DISKUS 65 38 69 68
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 59 70 37
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 62 44 70 117
FINASTERIDE 62 62 70 150
CYMBALTA 61 48 73 51
LYRICA 61 39 73 52
EXELON 60 60 75 132
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 59 37 76 120
LABETALOL HCL 58 52 77 159
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 58 45 77 162
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 56 53 79 169
MECLIZINE HCL 56 43 79 83
PREDNISONE 56 37 79 40
FENOFIBRATE 55 41 82 63
BYSTOLIC 54 25 83 118
ZETIA 53 49 84 94
VERAPAMIL ER 53 47 84 78
NAPROXEN 53 32 84 100
KLOR-CON 10 52 50 87 90
GEMFIBROZIL 52 37 87 104
COLCRYS 50 43 89 131
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 Feb. 9, 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.