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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,298Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 47 out of 780

$1.11M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 50 out of 780

611 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
56% 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

6% of this provider’s 611 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

18% of this provider’s 611 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 18,746 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% 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

38 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 1,003 862 1 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 854 715 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 850 759 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 801 676 4 3
TRAMADOL HCL 578 418 5 15
FUROSEMIDE 548 431 6 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 528 470 7 11
GABAPENTIN 455 364 8 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 452 330 S3 9 1
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 437 373 10 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 411 379 11 24
LISINOPRIL 394 284 12 6
METFORMIN HCL 367 313 13 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 355 339 14 30
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 333 295 15 19
SERTRALINE HCL 323 280 16 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 312 274 17 20
CLONIDINE HCL 285 229 18 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 284 260 19 60
NEXIUM 282 171 20 22
FENOFIBRATE 268 207 21 63
CRESTOR 248 199 22 32
NAMENDA 226 226 23 46
ATENOLOL 226 191 23 21
METHOCARBAMOL 216 138 R 25 84
DONEPEZIL HCL 194 194 26 31
CARVEDILOL 194 169 26 14
TRAZODONE HCL 183 168 28 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 180 136 29 23
CYMBALTA 178 102 30 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 175 162 31 12
ALLOPURINOL 174 122 32 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 173 147 33 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 173 121 33 17
MELOXICAM 171 149 35 16
DIGOXIN 169 150 36 56
CLOPIDOGREL 168 145 37 34
LYRICA 157 120 38 52
VERAPAMIL ER 157 131 38 78
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 147 101 R 40 48
BUMETANIDE 145 134 41 96
AZITHROMYCIN 144 115 42 38
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 135 43 33
TRICOR 143 88 43 152
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 142 125 45 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 128 117 46 36
DIOVAN 127 126 47 55
PLAVIX 126 113 48 45
SUCRALFATE 125 100 49 149
RANITIDINE HCL 125 97 49 39
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 123 105 51 49
MIRTAZAPINE 113 100 52 58
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 113 67 52 163
PROAIR HFA 113 62 52 62
ZETIA 112 80 55 94
INSULIN SYRINGE 106 69 56 80
ADVAIR DISKUS 104 79 57 68
NIFEDIPINE ER 102 83 58 115
PREDNISONE 101 82 59 40
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 99 69 60 102
SINGULAIR 98 57 61 73
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 98 88 61 166
FENTANYL 97 88 S2 63 107
NOVOLIN 70-30 97 70 63 164
HYDRALAZINE HCL 95 84 65 54
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 78 66 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 88 72 67 44
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 85 53 R 68 42
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 55 69 41
SPIRONOLACTONE 83 43 70 53
ROPINIROLE HCL 81 60 71 87
JANUVIA 80 80 72 85
HUMULIN 70-30 79 67 73 106
PREMARIN 76 28 R 74 110
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 75 54 75 64
MECLIZINE HCL 75 68 75 83
DIOVAN HCT 75 65 75 75
KLOR-CON 10 74 53 78 90
TIZANIDINE HCL 74 26 78 82
CELEBREX 74 50 78 89
DILTIAZEM ER 70 56 81 134
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 68 64 82 249
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 65 65 83 119
SPIRIVA 65 47 83 72
LANTUS 64 37 85 71
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 64 63 85 156
BENAZEPRIL HCL 63 41 87 59
VENTOLIN HFA 63 42 87 91
ESTRADIOL 62 37 R 89 122
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 50 89 61
AMOXICILLIN 61 37 91 99
INDAPAMIDE 60 60 92 190
RAMIPRIL 59 59 93 70
CEFUROXIME 58 39 94 147
PROPRANOLOL HCL 55 43 95 133
CEPHALEXIN 54 49 96 105
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 54 23 96 50
BYSTOLIC 53 53 98 118
FLUCONAZOLE 53 35 98 111
FLUOXETINE HCL 53 25 98 65
AGGRENOX 52 38 101 233
ENABLEX 52 48 101 260
MEGESTROL ACETATE 51 29 R 103 161
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 51 39 103 162
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 50 46 105 138
LANSOPRAZOLE 50 39 105 184
BUSPIRONE HCL 50 26 105 125
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. 2, 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.