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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,191Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 63 out of 780

$1.01M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 66 out of 780

847 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

8% of this provider’s 847 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 847 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 14,934 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

$48 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
OMEPRAZOLE 798 555 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 788 526 S3 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 780 602 3 5
LISINOPRIL 661 496 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 576 444 5 2
FUROSEMIDE 553 422 6 7
TRAMADOL HCL 430 296 7 15
MELOXICAM 419 263 8 16
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 411 291 9 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 404 284 10 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 399 278 11 20
GABAPENTIN 387 283 12 13
METFORMIN HCL 350 232 13 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 341 262 14 26
CITALOPRAM HBR 302 196 15 23
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 288 233 16 4
SERTRALINE HCL 277 194 17 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 272 233 18 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 259 183 19 12
METFORMIN HCL ER 253 184 20 43
NEXIUM 244 169 21 22
PREDNISONE 237 177 22 40
CARVEDILOL 223 175 23 14
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 218 100 S3 24 200
RANITIDINE HCL 209 126 25 39
ROPINIROLE HCL 189 121 26 87
AZITHROMYCIN 185 141 27 38
WARFARIN SODIUM 181 168 28 24
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 175 141 R 29 108
AMOXICILLIN 174 104 30 99
CRESTOR 172 119 31 32
CLOPIDOGREL 171 114 32 34
LYRICA 169 119 33 52
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 131 34 10
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 157 73 35 25
CLONIDINE HCL 154 99 36 28
ATENOLOL 151 93 37 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 146 116 38 19
LOVAZA 146 117 38 183
CEPHALEXIN 146 90 38 105
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 142 98 R 41 48
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 133 106 42 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 131 107 43 18
PLAVIX 124 83 44 45
LEVOFLOXACIN 124 81 44 76
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 121 92 46 49
ALLOPURINOL 119 105 47 29
ADVAIR DISKUS 110 90 48 68
ETODOLAC 108 70 49 174
FLUOXETINE HCL 106 43 50 65
PAROXETINE HCL 102 85 51 69
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 102 65 51 44
GLIMEPIRIDE 100 82 53 30
DIOVAN 98 81 54 55
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 98 98 54 50
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 92 41 R 56 42
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 90 49 57 79
DIGOXIN 87 87 58 56
DONEPEZIL HCL 84 78 59 31
PREMARIN 83 76 R 60 110
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 81 64 61 37
VENTOLIN HFA 81 38 61 91
ZETIA 80 42 63 94
CYMBALTA 79 39 64 51
MECLIZINE HCL 78 60 65 83
TAMSULOSIN HCL 77 76 66 36
PROAIR HFA 77 51 66 62
QUINAPRIL HCL 75 49 68 113
LANTUS 73 36 69 71
TRAZODONE HCL 72 43 70 35
ESTRADIOL 71 0 R 71 122
SINGULAIR 70 33 72 73
GLYBURIDE 69 59 R 73 101
COMBIVENT 68 66 74 189
METHOCARBAMOL 67 38 R 75 84
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 66 52 76 166
VERAPAMIL ER 64 56 77 78
GLIPIZIDE ER 64 42 77 109
INSULIN SYRINGE 64 26 77 80
GLIPIZIDE XL 63 42 80 176
IBUPROFEN 63 55 80 93
GEMFIBROZIL 63 28 80 104
TRICOR 62 38 83 152
PROMETHAZINE HCL 60 22 R 84 66
JANUVIA 59 52 85 85
RAMIPRIL 58 43 86 70
TIZANIDINE HCL 57 26 87 82
GLIPIZIDE 57 39 87 74
CELEBREX 55 35 89 89
KLOR-CON M20 55 40 89 57
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 55 44 89 64
FLUCONAZOLE 54 22 92 111
DIOVAN HCT 53 44 93 75
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 53 34 93 60
SYNTHROID 51 42 95 77
MINOCYCLINE HCL 50 23 96 450
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 Oct. 15, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.