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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,831Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 90 out of 1000

$866K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 86 out of 1000

864 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 864 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 864 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,833 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 697 499 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 676 434 S3 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 643 541 3 7
METFORMIN HCL 477 296 4 8
OMEPRAZOLE 464 332 5 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 422 329 6 6
LISINOPRIL 401 283 7 5
TRAMADOL HCL 390 282 8 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 338 250 9 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 316 266 10 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 304 239 11 22
SIMVASTATIN 298 201 12 3
MELOXICAM 289 196 13 14
GABAPENTIN 251 168 14 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 238 202 15 18
NEXIUM 233 128 16 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 218 187 17 10
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 208 182 18 75
CITALOPRAM HBR 205 145 19 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 201 145 20 19
CLONIDINE HCL 185 99 21 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 183 134 22 33
CARVEDILOL 177 153 23 15
ATENOLOL 170 126 24 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 169 107 25 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 163 136 26 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 161 101 27 20
ALLOPURINOL 158 124 28 31
GLIPIZIDE 147 114 29 62
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 140 83 30 60
BYSTOLIC 139 92 31 126
KLOR-CON M20 138 114 32 66
TRAZODONE HCL 135 99 33 29
LOVAZA 127 86 34 148
LEVOFLOXACIN 115 75 35 73
DIOVAN 108 73 36 67
AZITHROMYCIN 106 74 37 36
CRESTOR 105 79 38 30
LYRICA 103 75 39 47
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 100 52 R 40 39
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 98 74 41 59
SERTRALINE HCL 97 56 42 26
GLIPIZIDE ER 94 82 43 106
CELEBREX 92 69 44 98
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 91 65 45 157
NAMENDA 90 90 46 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 90 63 46 21
VERAPAMIL ER 89 77 48 86
MEGESTROL ACETATE 89 72 R 48 134
HYDRALAZINE HCL 87 53 50 74
CLOPIDOGREL 84 67 51 35
FENTANYL 84 57 S2 51 100
MIRTAZAPINE 82 82 53 56
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 79 64 54 123
SEROQUEL 79 73 54 157
JANUVIA 79 67 54 85
DIGOXIN 77 66 57 52
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 60 58 46
CEFUROXIME 73 58 59 133
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 72 37 R 60 45
AMIODARONE HCL 70 62 61 178
RISPERIDONE 69 67 62 87
CYMBALTA 68 23 63 53
DONEPEZIL HCL 67 60 64 32
DIOVAN HCT 67 51 64 96
PROMETHAZINE HCL 66 39 R 66 54
PREMARIN 65 29 R 67 109
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 65 48 67 145
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 63 44 69 71
KLOR-CON 10 61 51 70 104
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 60 58 71 111
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 60 35 71 97
FLUOXETINE HCL 60 31 71 51
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 58 53 74 191
TIZANIDINE HCL 58 31 74 76
SINGULAIR 56 40 76 84
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 42 76 70
LATANOPROST 55 43 78 222
BUSPIRONE HCL 54 24 79 110
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 54 53 79 151
PLAVIX 54 39 79 49
LEXAPRO 53 35 82 196
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 44 82 69
CARBAMAZEPINE 52 16 84 225
BENAZEPRIL HCL 52 22 84 61
ADVAIR DISKUS 52 43 84 65
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 51 46 87 99
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 38 88 101
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 Dec. 12, 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.