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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,846Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 151 out of 780

$729K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 149 out of 780

364 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
41%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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

12% of this provider’s 364 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

53% of this provider’s 364 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,457 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,278 439 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 555 223 2 3
METFORMIN HCL 508 245 3 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 470 263 4 4
FUROSEMIDE 412 215 5 7
CARVEDILOL 360 175 6 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 336 189 7 12
GLIMEPIRIDE 295 141 8 30
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 261 57 9 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 246 71 10 18
SIMVASTATIN 246 122 10 2
CLONIDINE HCL 234 85 12 28
TIZANIDINE HCL 201 47 13 82
NEXIUM 194 114 14 22
SPIRONOLACTONE 184 89 15 53
GABAPENTIN 173 44 16 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 168 83 17 25
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 168 42 17 5
LISINOPRIL 164 66 19 6
KLOR-CON M10 151 77 20 168
CITALOPRAM HBR 148 36 21 23
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 147 17 R 22 42
VENTOLIN HFA 141 38 23 91
CLOPIDOGREL 140 101 24 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 139 70 25 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 138 80 26 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 138 92 26 24
RANITIDINE HCL 138 43 26 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 137 77 29 9
SERTRALINE HCL 135 74 30 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 129 75 31 10
TRAMADOL HCL 116 35 32 15
CRESTOR 107 65 33 32
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 103 35 R 34 48
HYDRALAZINE HCL 103 36 34 54
PROAIR HFA 102 39 36 62
PROMETHAZINE HCL 97 20 R 37 66
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 97 35 37 179
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 97 66 37 60
PREDNISONE 93 40 40 40
SINGULAIR 89 44 41 73
DIOVAN 89 44 41 55
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 89 48 41 44
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 88 38 44 138
ETODOLAC 87 39 45 174
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 87 26 45 61
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 86 23 47 121
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 85 38 48 20
ATENOLOL 83 43 49 21
PLAVIX 81 65 50 45
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 76 23 51 81
OXYCODONE HCL 75 0 S2 52 123
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74 23 53 41
KLOR-CON 10 72 37 54 90
MELOXICAM 71 27 55 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 68 46 56 50
DIOVAN HCT 67 51 57 75
CELEBREX 66 18 58 89
ZETIA 64 40 59 94
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 63 39 60 64
LACTULOSE 62 32 61 178
TOPIRAMATE 62 0 61 145
PEN NEEDLE 60 14 63 136
DONEPEZIL HCL 59 58 64 31
TRICOR 58 27 65 152
LYRICA 58 32 65 52
GLYBURIDE 57 21 R 67 101
COLCRYS 57 29 67 131
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 56 34 69 37
JANUVIA 56 29 69 85
LEVOFLOXACIN 55 23 71 76
EXFORGE 53 19 72 196
IBUPROFEN 53 17 72 93
SYMBICORT 52 23 74 181
LANTUS 52 26 74 71
HYDROXYZINE HCL 50 0 R 76 155
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 Aug. 26, 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.