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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,276Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 85 out of 336

$636K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 108 out of 336

544 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
83%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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
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this specialty
in Mississippi
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 544 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 3%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 544 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 11,769 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 25%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LISINOPRIL 699 593 1 6
OMEPRAZOLE 583 455 2 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 537 388 S3 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 499 452 4 1
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 387 321 5 10
FUROSEMIDE 380 328 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 375 299 7 5
METFORMIN HCL 345 251 8 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 314 256 9 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 295 244 10 15
CITALOPRAM HBR 295 241 10 21
GABAPENTIN 294 257 12 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 269 235 13 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 236 176 14 18
GLIMEPIRIDE 231 156 15 29
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 225 197 16 14
MELOXICAM 188 137 17 19
DIOVAN 182 179 18 31
CARVEDILOL 174 147 19 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 165 142 20 17
TRAMADOL HCL 163 110 21 20
SERTRALINE HCL 156 141 22 33
ALLOPURINOL 153 142 23 30
NEXIUM 153 107 23 24
LOVASTATIN 150 131 25 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 142 120 26 9
DONEPEZIL HCL 135 130 27 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 120 91 28 38
BENAZEPRIL HCL 117 104 29 59
MIRTAZAPINE 112 107 30 66
NIFEDIPINE ER 107 95 31 87
LANTUS 101 80 32 56
NAMENDA 98 98 33 39
CLOPIDOGREL 97 71 34 28
TRAZODONE HCL 96 82 35 46
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 93 81 36 16
DIGOXIN 87 83 37 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 73 38 82
SPIRONOLACTONE 81 72 38 42
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 78 63 40 22
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 77 53 R 41 65
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 76 54 42 86
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 76 64 42 54
CLONIDINE HCL 74 58 44 32
PREDNISONE 73 55 45 48
ATENOLOL 73 71 45 26
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 52 45 23
CRESTOR 69 55 48 25
RANITIDINE HCL 68 56 49 36
KLOR-CON 10 68 60 49 75
BUPROPION XL 66 32 51 209
SYNTHROID 62 49 52 43
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 61 55 53 55
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 60 53 R 54 57
PAROXETINE HCL 59 36 55 64
KLOR-CON M20 58 57 56 51
PLAVIX 57 32 57 37
AZITHROMYCIN 57 44 57 58
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 56 51 59 92
LEVETIRACETAM 56 46 59 114
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 56 46 59 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 55 37 62 47
FELODIPINE ER 55 30 62 171
NABUMETONE 55 52 62 159
MECLIZINE HCL 55 44 62 96
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 54 54 66 40
VERAPAMIL ER 53 47 67 95
DIOVAN HCT 52 41 68 41
AGGRENOX 51 48 69 133
VYTORIN 50 38 70 122
LIPITOR 50 49 70 62
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. 22, 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.