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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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38,250Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 9 out of 789

$1.51M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 789

931 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Alabama
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 931 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 931 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

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $52 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 1,221 1,133 176 1 4
FUROSEMIDE 1,179 1,058 188 2 7
FAMOTIDINE* 1,115 892 201 3 92
OMEPRAZOLE 1,023 832 176 4 2
TRAMADOL HCL 831 681 211 5 17
SIMVASTATIN 814 706 116 6 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 786 666 107 7 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 780 599 142 8 10
LISINOPRIL 708 574 120 9 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 699 628 111 10 14
CLOPIDOGREL 687 581 97 11 23
CLONAZEPAM 687 523 96 B 11 29
TRAZODONE HCL 660 549 103 13 33
WARFARIN SODIUM 648 574 78 14 27
CITALOPRAM HBR 639 517 103 15 25
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 603 475 131 S3 16 1
METFORMIN HCL 600 458 95 17 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 574 485 87 18 3
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 562 465 164 19 87
GABAPENTIN 540 409 103 20 11
NEXIUM 522 385 68 21 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 496 372 72 22 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 495 394 174 23 41
MELOXICAM 422 328 92 24 18
CARVEDILOL 420 350 60 25 16
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 387 282 51 26 40
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 383 299 57 27 8
AMOXICILLIN 368 282 248 28 97
GLIMEPIRIDE 360 282 58 29 32
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 349 283 235 30 55
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 345 283 58 31 15
BENAZEPRIL HCL 340 257 53 32 68
DONEPEZIL HCL 338 333* 47 33 39
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 325 209 47 34 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 322 294 58 35 36
ALLOPURINOL 309 264 65 36 34
PROAIR HFA 309 212 83 36 48
CEFDINIR 278 219 191 38 173
TIZANIDINE HCL 274 248 67 39 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 261 217 35 40 70
CRESTOR 257 219 33 41 38
ALPRAZOLAM 238 222 47 B 42 13
ATENOLOL 237 225 33 43 26
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 232 188 151 44 90
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 228 177 32 A 45 66
CYMBALTA 224 171 27 46 50
SYMBICORT 220 153 55 47 174
SERTRALINE HCL 215 163 31 48 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 215 194 29 48 54
DIOVAN 210 180 23 50 65
RAMIPRIL 203 171 37 51 72
CEPHALEXIN 201 181 146 52 107
PREDNISONE 199 157 80 53 46
LORAZEPAM 187 163 34 B 54 37
CILOSTAZOL 186 139 38 55 239
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 176 124 30 56 115
ADVAIR DISKUS 174 106 30 57 71
LYRICA 170 124 26 58 51
MECLIZINE HCL 166 161* 43 59 83
AZITHROMYCIN 161 128 130 60 47
LACTULOSE 156 132 30 61 212
NAMENDA 155 155 22 62 44
FLUCONAZOLE 153 123 98 63 108
CLONIDINE HCL 143 123 24 64 35
SPIRIVA 142 91 26 65 76
FINASTERIDE 142 129 25 65 129
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 135 91 29 R 67 53
LOVASTATIN 135 117 21 67 63
METHOCARBAMOL 133 80 20 R 69 99
AMIODARONE HCL 131 115 23 70 151
RISPERIDONE 130 96 16 A 71 106
RANITIDINE HCL 128 112 20 72 49
LANTUS 128 96 20 72 89
EVISTA 126 121* 17 74 148
NYSTATIN 125 112 62 75 193
ESTRADIOL 125 104 20 R 75 126
FLUOXETINE HCL 124 94 17 77 64
JANUVIA 118 82 16 78 75
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 101 20 79 30
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 112 107* 18 80 31
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 109 72 26 81 21
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 109 78 21 81 159
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 107 89 18 83 42
MUPIROCIN* 106 90 69 84 191
MIRTAZAPINE 104 86 15 85 58
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 102 90 16 86 12
LANSOPRAZOLE 95 90* 16 87 145
KLOR-CON M20 93 75 22 88 62
ETODOLAC 92 64 19 89 188
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 89 66 11 90 157
LEVOFLOXACIN 87 74 70 91 61
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 86 51 11 92 96
FENOFIBRATE* 85 50 13 93 60
PAROXETINE HCL 84 72 18 94 69
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 83 <11 <11 95 149
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 81 76* 11 96 74
ONGLYZA 80 54 15 97 220
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 79 74* 12 98 150
ROPINIROLE HCL 79 <11 <11 98 86
DIGOX 78 73* 13 100 93
DETROL LA 75 70* 11 101 208
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 75 52 12 R 101 59
ONDANSETRON HCL* 73 46 24 103 161
DILTIAZEM ER 73 73 11 103 166
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 73 68* 17 103 133
PREMARIN 72 60 16 R 106 117
EXFORGE 72 <11 <11 106 190
VESICARE 71 <11 <11 108 153
BACLOFEN 69 <11 <11 109 132
MEGESTROL ACETATE 69 64* 16 R 109 189
BUPROPION HCL SR 68 55 11 111 192
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 68 <11 <11 111 128
EXELON 68 <11 <11 111 142
FENTANYL 67 62* 13 S2 114 113
GLIPIZIDE 66 61* 14 115 81
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 <11 <11 115 73
PRENATAL PLUS* 65 60* 12 117 428
GEMFIBROZIL 65 <11 <11 117 114
VENLAFAXINE HCL 65 <11 <11 117 230
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 64 <11 <11 120 147
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 63 48 53 121 118
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 62 48 11 122 43
PRIMIDONE 61 <11 <11 123 215
NOVOLIN R 61 41 13 123 235
NITROSTAT 60 55* 33 125 234
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 37 12 125 56
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 <11 <11 125 95
CARBAMAZEPINE 58 <11 <11 128 248
PROPRANOLOL HCL 58 <11 <11 128 123
HUMALOG MIX 75-25 57 <11 <11 130 240
METOLAZONE 55 44 16 131 206
CELEBREX 54 41 14 132 82
COLCRYS 54 34 12 132 119
NISOLDIPINE 53 <11 <11 134 386
TEMAZEPAM 50 <11 <11 B 135 77
DIGOXIN 50 45* 16 135 170
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 Jan. 6, 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.