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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,910Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 170 out of 780

$609K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 220 out of 780

563 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
28% 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

9% of this provider’s 563 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

34% of this provider’s 563 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 8,973 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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 1,208 496 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 562 456 2 5
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 342 189 3 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 341 220 4 17
OMEPRAZOLE 295 187 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 274 192 6 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 270 221 7 4
SIMVASTATIN 267 247 8 2
ATENOLOL 249 157 9 21
NEXIUM 245 144 10 22
METFORMIN HCL 242 192 11 8
CARISOPRODOL 241 24 R 12 67
CARVEDILOL 224 141 13 14
MELOXICAM 220 152 14 16
LISINOPRIL 192 131 15 6
PREMARIN 133 99 R 16 110
CITALOPRAM HBR 132 96 17 23
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 126 93 18 37
GABAPENTIN 123 83 19 13
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 117 34 S2 20 201
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 117 99 20 18
SERTRALINE HCL 112 63 22 27
AZITHROMYCIN 111 61 23 38
GLYBURIDE 110 77 R 24 101
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 74 25 10
RAMIPRIL 105 90 26 70
DIGOXIN 103 69 27 56
PROAIR HFA 101 36 28 62
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 101 86 28 12
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 100 72 30 92
SYNTHROID 98 85 31 77
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 97 84 32 44
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 94 61 33 61
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 92 80 34 9
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 88 34 33
CLONIDINE HCL 91 47 36 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 89 81 37 20
DONEPEZIL HCL 89 89 37 31
CRESTOR 87 67 39 32
WARFARIN SODIUM 86 77 40 24
ADVAIR DISKUS 86 43 40 68
PREDNISONE 86 36 40 40
SPIRIVA 85 39 43 72
FLUOXETINE HCL 85 46 43 65
TAMSULOSIN HCL 85 62 43 36
TRAMADOL HCL 85 43 43 15
INDAPAMIDE 83 82 47 190
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 82 66 48 162
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 81 46 49 50
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 81 78 49 19
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80 57 R 51 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 75 58 52 25
TRAZODONE HCL 74 34 53 35
DIOVAN 73 64 54 55
ESTRADIOL 73 52 R 54 122
GLIMEPIRIDE 72 62 56 30
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 71 11 R 57 42
LYRICA 70 31 58 52
ROPINIROLE HCL 68 36 59 87
PROMETHAZINE HCL 68 14 R 59 66
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 66 64 61 11
CLOPIDOGREL 66 58 61 34
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 30 S2 61 146
CYMBALTA 64 36 64 51
VERAPAMIL ER 63 51 65 78
TERAZOSIN HCL 61 54 66 160
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 39 67 54
ALLOPURINOL 55 53 68 29
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 54 28 69 270
QUINAPRIL HCL 54 45 69 113
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 27 71 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 May 29, 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.