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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,615Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 351 out of 789

$555K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 346 out of 789

479 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89% Patients 65 Years and Older
13% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 479 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 20%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
LISINOPRIL 348 305 62 1 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 328 292 53 2 4
METFORMIN HCL 290 232 56 3 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 275 255 59 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 261 214 57 5 5
OMEPRAZOLE 244 230 48 6 2
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 227 190 46 7 19
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 220 215* 35 8 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 188 183* 33 9 20
SERTRALINE HCL 187 172 35 10 28
ATENOLOL 185 148 33 11 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 184 153 26 12 27
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 180 166 56 S3 13 1
FUROSEMIDE 177 172* 31 14 7
GABAPENTIN 175 159 33 15 11
ALPRAZOLAM 168 157 32 B 16 13
JANUVIA 150 131 21 17 75
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 145 128 29 18 8
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 140 140 22 19 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 127 122* 20 20 14
CARVEDILOL 122 111 23 21 16
CLONAZEPAM 121 121 28 B 22 29
SYNTHROID 121 109 19 22 78
RAMIPRIL 121 116* 20 22 72
DONEPEZIL HCL 117 117 17 25 39
NEXIUM 113 108* 17 26 24
TRAMADOL HCL 111 94 29 27 17
CLOPIDOGREL 110 95 17 28 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 104 99* 24 29 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 103 98* 22 30 36
ALLOPURINOL 101 74 19 31 34
LEVOFLOXACIN 98 93* 76 32 61
GLIMEPIRIDE 98 86 14 32 32
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 89 84* 49 34 41
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 88 71 19 35 21
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 87 87 21 36 40
LORAZEPAM 82 61 14 B 37 37
MELOXICAM 80 75* 18 38 18
CYMBALTA 74 69* 15 39 50
CELEBREX 72 72 15 40 82
TEMAZEPAM 72 67* 15 B 40 77
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 57 13 42 96
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 <11 <11 43 73
DIGOXIN 67 62* 15 43 170
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 67 62* 55 43 55
AZITHROMYCIN 67 62* 59 43 47
NAMENDA 65 <11 <11 47 44
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 <11 <11 47 31
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 <11 <11 49 145
GLYBURIDE 58 <11 <11 R 49 158
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 58 <11 <11 R 49 59
ETODOLAC 56 41 20 52 188
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 55 50* 45 53 84
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 55 50* 13 53 74
EVISTA 54 <11 <11 55 148
RANITIDINE HCL 54 54 12 55 49
LYRICA 53 42 12 57 51
CRESTOR 53 <11 <11 57 38
DIGOX 52 <11 <11 59 93
CITALOPRAM HBR 52 47* 15 59 25
SPIRONOLACTONE 51 36 12 61 56
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 51 39 12 61 22
CLONIDINE HCL 50 <11 <11 63 35
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 Oct. 15, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.