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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,302Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 15

$1.74M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 15

774 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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 774 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 774 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 21,805 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$69 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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 1,030 821 S3 1 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 905 800 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 838 823 3 1
DONEPEZIL HCL 776 759 4 9
CARVEDILOL 730 651 5 8
LISINOPRIL 717 634 6 6
OMEPRAZOLE 615 573 7 5
MIRTAZAPINE 564 514 8 15
NAMENDA 522 522 9 13
FUROSEMIDE 514 470 10 7
METFORMIN HCL 502 452 11 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 492 396 12 10
GABAPENTIN 435 349 13 11
CYMBALTA 418 364 14 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 350 332 15 27
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 327 292 16 32
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 318 313 17 28
ATENOLOL 278 278 18 36
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 270 220 19 18
CEFDINIR 245 204 20 67
SERTRALINE HCL 244 207 21 20
BENAZEPRIL HCL 242 223 22 68
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 231 219 23 47
MELOXICAM 228 192 24 25
CLOPIDOGREL 228 214 24 31
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 217 197 26 16
NEXIUM 202 177 27 24
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 199 185 28 38
PREDNISONE 195 172 29 39
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 182 113 30 35
TRAZODONE HCL 181 155 31 17
RAMIPRIL 179 178 32 51
PLAVIX 178 161 33 44
CITALOPRAM HBR 177 159 34 12
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 175 136 35 21
ARICEPT 166 160 36 81
RISPERIDONE 164 117 37 52
SANTYL 161 93 38 84
TAMSULOSIN HCL 160 152 39 40
DIOVAN 153 151 40 48
EXELON 151 151 41 54
HYDRALAZINE HCL 145 118 42 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 137 126 43 46
CELEBREX 136 126 44 62
BUSPIRONE HCL 134 118 45 69
METRONIDAZOLE 129 95 46 96
SPIRONOLACTONE 129 96 46 33
SPIRIVA 129 115 46 62
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 127 112 49 29
DIGOXIN 124 112 50 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 123 123 51 30
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 123 103 51 34
GALANTAMINE HBR 122 113 53 72
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 120 108 54 99
SIMVASTATIN 119 114 55 4
JANUVIA 117 104 56 78
LEVOFLOXACIN 116 102 57 77
PROMETHAZINE HCL 114 46 R 58 57
LEXAPRO 114 106 58 103
CEFTRIAXONE 113 78 60 104
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 112 40 61 106
TRAMADOL HCL 109 96 62 19
CLONIDINE HCL 104 92 63 49
AZITHROMYCIN 104 87 63 45
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 98 81 S2 65 89
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 96 81 66 55
LYRICA 96 60 66 55
LEVETIRACETAM 94 66 68 78
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 94 94 68 66
NOVOLIN 70-30 92 86 70 111
FLUOXETINE HCL 92 79 70 65
OXYCONTIN 91 38 S2 72 113
LANTUS 86 62 73 50
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 86 73 73 22
ADVAIR DISKUS 85 84 75 60
NOVOLIN R 83 55 76 116
NYSTATIN 81 65 77 119
EVISTA 81 81 77 119
FENTANYL 81 68 S2 77 70
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 80 79 80 121
FLUCONAZOLE 80 64 80 88
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 77 82 61
ROPINIROLE HCL 77 77 82 122
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 75 52 R 84 124
OLANZAPINE 73 55 85 126
SYNTHROID 71 71 86 71
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 71 52 86 129
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 71 65 86 95
PAROXETINE HCL 70 48 89 64
SEROQUEL 67 58 90 76
LIDODERM 65 48 91 138
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 64 64 92 100
LATANOPROST 63 63 93 142
MIDODRINE HCL 62 60 94 144
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 61 34 95 146
ALLOPURINOL 60 58 96 58
AMIODARONE HCL 60 60 96 87
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 60 59 96 72
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 56 37 99 41
HUMULIN R 56 54 99 151
DILTIAZEM HCL 56 47 99 151
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 53 29 102 155
CARBAMAZEPINE 52 25 103 156
VALPROIC ACID 52 52 103 156
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 51 50 105 158
METHOTREXATE 50 50 106 163
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 9, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.