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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,128Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 87 out of 1000

$943K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 61 out of 1000

365 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 365 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 365 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,636 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

50 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 21.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 750 625 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 594 525 2 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 517 432 3 10
OMEPRAZOLE 515 430 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 513 401 5 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 392 303 S3 6 1
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 356 291 7 28
CARVEDILOL 348 316 8 15
SERTRALINE HCL 333 240 9 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 318 252 10 12
LISINOPRIL 305 271 11 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 270 167 12 18
MIRTAZAPINE 268 267 13 56
WARFARIN SODIUM 258 252 14 22
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 232 204 15 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 230 217 16 6
GABAPENTIN 216 177 17 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 203 172 18 34
METFORMIN HCL 197 136 19 8
NAMENDA 185 185 20 43
TRAMADOL HCL 180 147 21 13
RAMIPRIL 179 143 22 77
TAMSULOSIN HCL 179 129 22 33
BENAZEPRIL HCL 178 150 24 61
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 172 134 25 40
TRAZODONE HCL 171 152 26 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 169 116 27 21
NEXIUM 159 133 28 23
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 157 142 29 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 138 30 9
ATENOLOL 154 132 31 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 147 80 32 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 143 140 33 32
FLUOXETINE HCL 139 83 34 51
RISPERIDONE 137 115 35 87
FENOFIBRATE 134 111 36 55
CITALOPRAM HBR 130 108 37 17
CYMBALTA 129 118 38 53
METFORMIN HCL ER 122 100 39 44
MELOXICAM 119 79 40 14
CLONIDINE HCL 119 108 40 27
CLOPIDOGREL 116 102 42 35
DIGOXIN 108 102 43 52
NIASPAN 105 89 44 172
SPIRONOLACTONE 103 83 45 78
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 101 83 46 151
LANTUS 96 82 47 68
VENTOLIN HFA 90 57 48 83
RANITIDINE HCL 88 76 49 37
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 87 68 50 99
AZITHROMYCIN 86 60 51 36
SPIRIVA 84 57 52 64
PROAIR HFA 84 45 52 50
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 83 61 54 60
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 83 51 R 54 45
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 82 74 56 48
LYRICA 81 59 57 47
HYDRALAZINE HCL 80 67 58 74
PROPRANOLOL HCL 80 60 58 135
BUMETANIDE 77 57 60 112
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 63 60 175
BACLOFEN 74 46 62 129
BYSTOLIC 73 52 63 126
LIDODERM 70 63 64 220
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 33 64 20
FENTANYL 69 69 S2 66 100
PLAVIX 69 63 66 49
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 68 68 68 136
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 68 64 68 186
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 67 66 70 57
KLOR-CON M20 67 42 70 66
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 67 49 70 69
ACTONEL 66 54 73 241
OLANZAPINE 65 58 74 188
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 65 74 75
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 63 26 R 76 39
LOVASTATIN 63 54 76 41
ALLOPURINOL 62 39 78 31
SYNTHROID 60 60 79 91
BUPROPION HCL SR 60 40 79 183
ABILIFY 59 37 81 198
LEVETIRACETAM 59 56 81 128
FINASTERIDE 58 54 83 177
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 57 43 84 59
VYTORIN 57 44 84 201
NUEDEXTA 56 56 86 290
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 42 87 116
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 38 87 46
TRILIPIX 53 47 89 218
GENERLAC 53 47 89 231
MECLIZINE HCL 52 45 91 80
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 52 33 91 157
TRADJENTA 51 51 93 442
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 Nov. 10, 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.