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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,458Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 252

$874K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 22 out of 252

824 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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 Arkansas
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 824 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 824 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 17,406 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$37 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 22.


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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 Arkansas
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 1,367 993 1 12
FUROSEMIDE 1,034 842 2 7
LISINOPRIL 923 706 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 923 654 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 804 607 5 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 755 394 S3 6 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 603 552 7 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 578 499 8 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 520 415 9 13
METFORMIN HCL 425 281 10 9
MELOXICAM 409 274 11 20
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 406 361 12 8
CARVEDILOL 400 339 13 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 373 216 14 21
AZITHROMYCIN 373 274 14 37
DIGOXIN 360 312 16 44
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 355 241 17 25
GABAPENTIN 337 205 18 11
TRAMADOL HCL 331 217 19 17
NEXIUM 324 200 20 23
ATENOLOL 292 183 21 18
DONEPEZIL HCL 286 273 22 28
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 281 191 23 92
CITALOPRAM HBR 268 179 24 15
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 255 227 25 50
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 243 202 26 10
SPIRONOLACTONE 212 157 27 53
RANITIDINE HCL 207 151 28 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 195 153 29 79
ALLOPURINOL 187 160 30 30
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 187 86 R 30 51
SPIRIVA 185 157 32 68
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 182 110 S3 33 117
SERTRALINE HCL 179 96 34 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 169 160 35 24
LOVASTATIN 167 135 36 39
CLOPIDOGREL 162 123 37 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 159 125 38 19
CAPTOPRIL 146 134 39 208
GLIPIZIDE 145 105 40 52
GLYBURIDE 133 113 R 41 78
PREDNISONE 133 84 41 42
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 132 85 43 133
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 128 111 44 36
TIZANIDINE HCL 121 47 45 129
CLONIDINE HCL 120 117 46 35
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 118 99 47 16
DIOVAN 116 96 48 38
CEFUROXIME 115 93 49 114
LYRICA 108 72 50 66
PLAVIX 103 82 51 43
FAMOTIDINE 103 75 51 59
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 98 98 53 32
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 52 53 63
VENTOLIN HFA 97 76 55 102
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 93 76 56 61
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 93 62 R 56 46
PROAIR HFA 92 36 58 54
TRAZODONE HCL 89 58 59 31
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 87 68 60 147
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 86 73 61 62
BUSPIRONE HCL 84 46 62 119
AMOXICILLIN 80 57 63 122
SIMVASTATIN 80 76 63 2
TAMSULOSIN HCL 78 55 65 26
SYMBICORT 78 54 65 137
AGGRENOX 72 60 67 168
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 71 61 68 104
CYMBALTA 70 44 69 45
DIOVAN HCT 69 67 70 65
SYNTHROID 69 64 70 47
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 69 31 70 128
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 67 64 73 77
DILTIAZEM ER 65 65 74 86
MIRTAZAPINE 64 63 75 58
PAROXETINE HCL 64 48 75 75
CELEBREX 63 52 77 101
INSULIN SYRINGE 62 46 78 93
LANTUS 59 46 79 55
LACTULOSE 57 44 80 157
MUPIROCIN 56 44 81 213
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 55 47 R 82 82
CEPHALEXIN 54 48 83 121
BACLOFEN 53 35 84 158
FELODIPINE ER 52 52 85 161
FLUCONAZOLE 52 34 85 185
HYDROXYZINE HCL 52 21 R 85 184
FINASTERIDE 50 50 88 115
HUMULIN 70-30 50 28 88 209
METHOCARBAMOL 50 26 R 88 159
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 April 30, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.