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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,223Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 780

$919K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 84 out of 780

1,174 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
42% 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

3% of this provider’s 1,174 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 1,174 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 19,502 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,000 816 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 891 744 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 763 598 3 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 735 577 4 11
MELOXICAM 719 574 5 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 701 564 6 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 666 543 7 4
TRAMADOL HCL 634 514 8 15
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 579 380 S3 9 1
METFORMIN HCL 527 366 10 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 510 429 11 5
LISINOPRIL 464 353 12 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 437 350 13 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 422 292 14 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 409 318 15 23
ATENOLOL 379 320 16 21
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 371 278 10 17 135
WARFARIN SODIUM 368 293 18 24
GABAPENTIN 338 224 19 13
CLONIDINE HCL 286 203 20 28
CARVEDILOL 282 232 21 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 272 217 22 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 266 208 23 25
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 257 202 24 33
CLOPIDOGREL 251 228 25 34
GLIPIZIDE 248 202 26 74
NEXIUM 245 188 27 22
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 231 175 28 49
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 225 196 29 20
SERTRALINE HCL 223 147 30 27
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 215 194 31 12
AZITHROMYCIN 178 135 32 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 174 157 33 9
PREDNISONE 173 136 34 40
NAPROXEN 170 124 35 100
DONEPEZIL HCL 168 161 36 31
ALLOPURINOL 167 123 37 29
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 165 119 R 38 48
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 164 90 39 88
DIGOXIN 159 147 40 56
VERAPAMIL ER 158 114 41 78
RANITIDINE HCL 157 113 42 39
PLAVIX 155 145 43 45
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 154 126 44 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 154 143 44 36
TRAZODONE HCL 153 119 46 35
PROMETHAZINE HCL 150 91 R 47 66
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 143 84 R 48 42
FLUOXETINE HCL 143 86 48 65
MECLIZINE HCL 134 116 50 83
CEPHALEXIN 132 90 51 105
ESTRADIOL 131 73 R 52 122
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 119 96 53 154
NAMENDA 117 117 54 46
LANTUS 116 96 55 71
ROPINIROLE HCL 115 83 56 87
INSULIN SYRINGE 114 81 57 80
METOLAZONE 114 104 57 195
FLUCONAZOLE 111 73 59 111
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 110 82 60 64
MIRTAZAPINE 110 110 60 58
GLIMEPIRIDE 109 103 62 30
NOVOLIN 70-30 109 72 62 164
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 107 76 64 50
AMOXICILLIN 105 64 65 99
LEVOFLOXACIN 101 85 66 76
KLOR-CON M20 98 73 67 57
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 94 67 68 79
SPIRONOLACTONE 87 56 69 53
HUMULIN 70-30 86 61 70 106
DIOVAN 81 71 71 55
CRESTOR 81 72 71 32
RAMIPRIL 80 74 73 70
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 79 49 74 128
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 77 63 75 103
HYDROXYZINE HCL 77 41 R 75 155
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 75 64 77 60
HYDRALAZINE HCL 75 61 77 54
BUSPIRONE HCL 73 59 79 125
LYRICA 72 25 80 52
TERAZOSIN HCL 71 63 81 160
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 70 55 82 18
HUMALOG 70 40 82 192
GLIPIZIDE ER 68 51 84 109
IBUPROFEN 67 39 85 93
PREMARIN 67 48 R 85 110
MUPIROCIN 67 62 85 173
NYSTATIN 66 54 88 203
PROAIR HFA 65 51 89 62
METHOCARBAMOL 65 48 R 89 84
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 65 58 89 44
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 63 24 S3 92 116
NOVOLOG 62 47 93 158
METRONIDAZOLE 61 47 94 298
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 60 50 95 41
METHOTREXATE 56 30 96 252
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 54 42 97 137
AMIODARONE HCL 53 37 98 139
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 53 51 98 148
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 44 100 124
KLOR-CON 10 52 40 100 90
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 52 52 100 81
PAROXETINE HCL 51 20 103 69
LAMOTRIGINE 51 13 103 205
CELEBREX 51 50 103 89
ONDANSETRON HCL 50 47 106 234
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. 9, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.