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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,211Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 85 out of 1000

$749K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 125 out of 1000

375 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
69% 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

11% of this provider’s 375 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 375 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 13,824 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

49 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 881 533 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 722 613 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 662 543 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 654 428 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 593 513 5 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 534 485 6 4
SIMVASTATIN 521 409 7 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 491 428 8 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 378 282 9 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 310 275 10 21
TRAMADOL HCL 308 211 11 13
GABAPENTIN 284 184 12 11
MELOXICAM 281 226 13 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 273 232 14 12
CARVEDILOL 272 247 15 15
NEXIUM 259 193 16 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 250 227 17 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 237 216 18 34
METFORMIN HCL 229 175 19 8
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 204 173 20 19
ROPINIROLE HCL 188 124 21 82
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 177 90 R 22 45
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 167 108 23 16
CLONIDINE HCL 160 116 24 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 145 131 25 33
AZITHROMYCIN 143 84 26 36
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 137 121 27 20
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 137 104 27 46
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 133 106 29 28
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 132 132 30 9
FENTANYL 132 74 S2 30 100
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 124 109 32 18
PAROXETINE HCL 122 92 33 63
ENDOCET 118 51 S2 34 107
LEVOFLOXACIN 114 95 35 73
ATENOLOL 113 89 36 24
PROMETHAZINE HCL 111 56 R 37 54
PROAIR HFA 107 49 38 50
ZETIA 107 97 38 95
CYMBALTA 101 75 40 53
METHOCARBAMOL 99 38 R 41 79
DONEPEZIL HCL 96 95 42 32
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 93 72 43 71
CLOPIDOGREL 93 74 43 35
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 92 22 R 45 39
MEGESTROL ACETATE 91 76 R 46 134
DIOVAN HCT 89 85 47 96
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 89 79 R 47 121
RANITIDINE HCL 86 65 49 37
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 86 53 49 99
CRESTOR 84 60 51 30
SUCRALFATE 82 67 52 144
CEFDINIR 81 45 53 122
MIRTAZAPINE 79 62 54 56
PREMARIN 79 58 R 54 109
METFORMIN HCL ER 78 63 56 44
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 76 76 57 59
NAMENDA 74 74 58 43
ALLOPURINOL 73 51 59 31
PLAVIX 71 46 60 49
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 71 64 60 69
SERTRALINE HCL 70 35 62 26
NAPROXEN 69 47 63 81
BUSPIRONE HCL 68 22 64 110
OXYCONTIN 66 40 S2 65 166
KLOR-CON M20 66 54 65 66
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 66 43 65 103
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 57 S2 68 202
SPIRIVA 65 35 68 64
EXELON 64 64 70 108
FAMOTIDINE 63 53 71 88
NYSTATIN 62 51 72 182
NABUMETONE 62 41 72 169
KLOR-CON 10 61 61 74 104
BENAZEPRIL HCL 61 61 74 61
PREDNISONE 60 35 76 42
GEMFIBROZIL 60 44 76 105
CARISOPRODOL 58 18 R 78 72
CELEBREX 58 58 78 98
HYDROXYZINE HCL 58 36 R 78 153
LIDODERM 55 42 81 220
DILTIAZEM HCL 55 43 81 230
AVODART 54 33 83 214
BUMETANIDE 54 36 83 112
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 52 34 85 60
MUPIROCIN 52 35 85 140
DOXEPIN HCL 52 31 85 176
TRAZODONE HCL 50 31 88 29
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.