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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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30,691Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 29 out of 789

$1.43M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 36 out of 789

706 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57% Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Alabama
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

11% of this provider’s 706 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

57% of this provider’s 706 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

43 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Alabama
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 2,697 1,316 378 S3 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,494 1,016 222 2 4
FUROSEMIDE 920 667 168 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 779 520 130 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 739 478 143 5 2
GABAPENTIN 600 361 125 6 11
LISINOPRIL 546 403 91 7 6
ALPRAZOLAM 499 134 101 B 8 13
MELOXICAM 496 262 142 9 18
HYDRALAZINE HCL 481 394 90 10 57
CARVEDILOL 444 298 82 11 16
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 430 295 77 12 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 420 238 79 13 12
CLONIDINE HCL 409 249 71 14 35
METFORMIN HCL 373 231 74 15 9
NEXIUM 355 167 62 16 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 352 250 56 17 22
AMOXICILLIN 330 176 191 18 97
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 320 257 49 19 3
CLOPIDOGREL 319 287 48 20 23
PENTOXIFYLLINE 316 221 65 21 283
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 303 192 51 22 54
CARISOPRODOL 300 46 78 R 23 85
TIZANIDINE HCL 279 122 102 24 67
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 268 190 61 25 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 261 168 49 26 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 248 62 57 27 21
NAMENDA 243 243 20 28 44
DONEPEZIL HCL 236 231* 35 29 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 231 144 53 30 15
PROMETHAZINE HCL 228 56 63 R 31 80
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 221 133 39 32 31
TRAMADOL HCL 218 153 64 33 17
ALLOPURINOL 211 179 31 34 34
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 210 134 44 35 10
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 190 94 45 36 143
CEPHALEXIN 188 94 141 37 107
DIOVAN 181 123 28 38 65
WARFARIN SODIUM 181 101 36 38 27
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 177 123 41 40 52
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 173 133 32 41 30
COLCRYS 171 139 28 42 119
MIRTAZAPINE 164 112 38 43 58
PROAIR HFA 159 67 58 44 48
NIFEDIPINE ER 151 104 25 45 121
LYRICA 151 62 38 45 51
METHADONE HCL 151 52 28 S2 45 144
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 150 97 23 48 20
GLIMEPIRIDE 142 102 24 49 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 139 93 22 50 36
RISPERIDONE 134 64 24 A 51 106
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 132 99 31 52 42
RANITIDINE HCL 132 106 21 52 49
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 131 116 23 54 70
KLOR-CON M20 128 84 21 55 62
NOVOFINE 126 85 40 56 380
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 126 103 14 56 127
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 125 59 26 58 40
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 125 98 25 58 95
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 125 73 38 58 218
PAROXETINE HCL 124 58 34 61 69
LANTUS 121 104 21 62 89
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 120 66 91 63 55
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 116 46 15 64 160
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 116 77 22 64 133
NIFEDICAL XL 116 90 16 64 216
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 112 33 24 R 67 53
ATENOLOL 112 88 16 67 26
SERTRALINE HCL 109 36 30 69 28
LEVEMIR 107 58 17 70 195
AGGRENOX 105 67 13 71 232
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 105 71 17 71 73
HUMALOG 104 70 35 73 169
CYMBALTA 103 <11 14 74 50
MORPHINE SULFATE 102 <11 21 S2 75 278
BACLOFEN 101 40 25 76 132
MISOPROSTOL 101 49 14 76 342
NOVOLOG 98 68 23 78 178
DILTIAZEM ER 97 72 17 79 166
LOVASTATIN 97 72 12 79 63
LABETALOL HCL 95 56 14 81 162
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 92 40 41 82 199
GLIPIZIDE 91 75 21 83 81
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 91 51 17 83 43
JANUVIA 90 <11 <11 85 75
LEVETIRACETAM 90 58 15 85 122
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 50 38 87 87
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 86 67 15 A 88 66
CLONAZEPAM 86 43 20 B 88 29
TRAZODONE HCL 84 60 19 90 33
TOPIRAMATE 83 20 19 91 136
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 82 <11 <11 92 147
LACTULOSE 80 55 23 93 212
AMANTADINE 80 35 59 93 358
CRESTOR 79 59 18 95 38
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 79 74* 25 S3 95 125
HUMULIN 70-30 77 58 13 97 131
IBUPROFEN 76 23 27 98 103
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 75 30 19 99 115
EXFORGE 74 52 11 100 190
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 41 20 100 71
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 72 <11 15 S2 102 156
DIAZEPAM 70 15 18 B 103 91
DIGOX 69 <11 <11 104 93
AZITHROMYCIN 69 39 58 104 47
AMITIZA 67 35 25 106 236
NISOLDIPINE 66 <11 <11 107 386
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 51 11 108 56
CIMETIDINE 64 41 12 109 347
SPIRIVA 63 <11 <11 110 76
MECLIZINE HCL 62 46 26 111 83
IRBESARTAN 61 <11 <11 112 198
INSULIN SYRINGE* 60 55* 16 113 176
CARAFATE 60 31 11 113 287
LORAZEPAM 60 16 18 B 113 37
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 60 44 38 113 152
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 59 43 32 117 204
PHENOBARBITAL 57 <11 <11 R 118 243
ABILIFY 57 <11 <11 A 118 185
CARBAMAZEPINE 57 <11 <11 118 248
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56 <11 <11 121 155
TERAZOSIN HCL 55 <11 <11 122 165
MEGESTROL ACETATE 54 30 26 R 123 189
CITALOPRAM HBR 54 33 14 123 25
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 32 16 123 150
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 52 32 11 126 211
INSULIN SYRINGE* 52 33 18 126 176
KLOR-CON M10 52 31 12 126 163
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 50 <11 <11 129 128
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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 June 24, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.