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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,076Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 63 out of 1000

$896K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 77 out of 1000

557 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

8% of this provider’s 557 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

38% of this provider’s 557 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 10,326 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 1,401 513 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 934 620 2 4
SIMVASTATIN 906 545 3 3
OMEPRAZOLE 836 441 4 2
LISINOPRIL 555 240 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 523 279 6 7
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 508 239 7 16
GABAPENTIN 426 206 8 11
TRAMADOL HCL 381 231 9 13
METFORMIN HCL 347 167 10 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 302 96 11 17
AZITHROMYCIN 280 145 12 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 272 190 13 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 262 219 14 6
SERTRALINE HCL 251 164 15 26
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 238 54 R 16 39
MELOXICAM 237 158 17 14
NEXIUM 231 101 18 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 214 113 19 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 213 119 20 20
ATENOLOL 210 100 21 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 206 100 22 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 202 141 23 10
FLUOXETINE HCL 177 92 24 51
PROMETHAZINE HCL 176 54 R 25 54
LYRICA 176 38 25 47
TRAZODONE HCL 174 86 27 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 170 99 28 40
CYMBALTA 146 68 29 53
CRESTOR 145 38 30 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 144 71 R 31 45
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 69 32 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 143 102 32 34
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 132 105 34 25
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 124 70 35 18
BENAZEPRIL HCL 123 99 36 61
METHOCARBAMOL 122 31 R 37 79
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 116 83 38 19
LEVOFLOXACIN 106 56 39 73
PROAIR HFA 104 43 40 50
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 104 68 40 46
SINGULAIR 104 24 40 84
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 103 57 43 70
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 103 24 43 124
ROPINIROLE HCL 102 80 45 82
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 98 52 46 103
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 98 11 S2 46 223
DONEPEZIL HCL 97 91 48 32
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 97 64 48 21
GEMFIBROZIL 96 67 50 105
CLOPIDOGREL 95 57 51 35
IBUPROFEN 93 13 52 94
CARVEDILOL 91 66 53 15
SPIRONOLACTONE 91 57 53 78
ESTRADIOL 90 46 R 55 114
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 90 32 55 123
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 89 44 57 60
GLIPIZIDE 88 49 58 62
TIZANIDINE HCL 85 21 59 76
ALLOPURINOL 85 49 59 31
ENDOCET 82 34 S2 61 107
VENTOLIN HFA 80 29 62 83
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 79 26 63 147
SYMBICORT 79 31 63 149
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 78 57 65 120
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 76 53 66 48
PREMARIN 76 27 R 66 109
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 76 24 66 132
SPIRIVA 75 44 69 64
PLAVIX 74 41 70 49
CLONIDINE HCL 70 14 71 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 66 40 72 33
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 66 29 72 125
BUSPIRONE HCL 65 25 74 110
MICARDIS HCT 65 35 74 351
PREDNISONE 64 39 76 42
CELEBREX 64 11 76 98
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 63 52 78 12
FLUCONAZOLE 63 24 78 102
DIGOXIN 62 46 80 52
FENOFIBRATE 60 23 81 55
PAROXETINE HCL 60 33 81 63
LUNESTA 59 13 83 315
FAMOTIDINE 58 0 84 88
AMOXICILLIN 54 22 85 89
MUPIROCIN 53 31 86 140
BYSTOLIC 53 40 86 126
DICYCLOMINE HCL 52 15 88 197
PROPRANOLOL HCL 52 0 88 135
NAMENDA 51 51 90 43
SUMATRIPTAN SUCCINATE 51 0 90 282
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 51 25 90 159
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 50 23 93 59
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 June 11, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.