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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,803Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 145 out of 1000

$599K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 196 out of 1000

603 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
38%Patients 65 Years and Older
84% 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

14% of this provider’s 603 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

47% of this provider’s 603 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

6% of this provider’s 5,309 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

25 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,887 564 S3 1 1
GABAPENTIN 622 188 2 11
OMEPRAZOLE 582 224 3 2
TRAMADOL HCL 365 116 4 13
SIMVASTATIN 361 166 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 317 171 6 4
MELOXICAM 299 105 7 14
LISINOPRIL 294 126 8 5
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 281 64 R 9 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 274 106 10 16
METFORMIN HCL 255 97 11 8
BACLOFEN 243 30 12 129
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 232 59 13 6
OXYCODONE HCL 223 51 S2 14 118
PROMETHAZINE HCL 218 81 R 15 54
TIZANIDINE HCL 213 41 16 76
FUROSEMIDE 209 91 17 7
NEXIUM 192 64 18 23
CITALOPRAM HBR 170 56 19 17
AMOXICILLIN 161 45 20 89
PROAIR HFA 161 71 20 50
METHOCARBAMOL 155 23 R 22 79
SERTRALINE HCL 147 37 23 26
ATENOLOL 140 49 24 24
TRAZODONE HCL 136 31 25 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 65 26 20
LYRICA 127 21 27 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 126 31 28 21
RANITIDINE HCL 124 57 29 37
ENDOCET 114 54 S2 30 107
CYMBALTA 112 17 31 53
CARISOPRODOL 111 28 R 32 72
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 46 33 9
ADVAIR DISKUS 97 40 34 65
VENTOLIN HFA 95 26 35 83
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 94 43 36 70
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 93 22 37 25
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 93 45 37 10
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 90 26 S2 39 143
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 87 0 40 12
PREMARIN 86 17 R 41 109
PAROXETINE HCL 82 42 42 63
AZITHROMYCIN 81 35 43 36
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80 13 R 44 45
SPIRIVA 76 52 45 64
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 73 29 46 60
CLOPIDOGREL 72 39 47 35
ESTRADIOL 72 33 R 47 114
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 68 24 49 19
CARVEDILOL 67 22 50 15
CRESTOR 64 40 51 30
CLONIDINE HCL 63 16 52 27
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 62 33 53 103
ETODOLAC 59 0 54 152
LOVASTATIN 58 28 55 41
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 58 0 55 40
WARFARIN SODIUM 57 38 57 22
METHADONE HCL 55 26 S2 58 161
ROPINIROLE HCL 55 0 58 82
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 0 S2 60 138
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 54 0 R 60 234
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 52 0 62 75
PLAVIX 51 24 63 49
ALLOPURINOL 50 14 64 31
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 July 8, 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.