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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,778Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 92 out of 1000

$820K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 98 out of 1000

465 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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

7% of this provider’s 465 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 465 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 13,548 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 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 908 645 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 693 542 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 627 440 3 4
FUROSEMIDE 604 469 4 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 540 452 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 423 251 6 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 409 359 7 10
LISINOPRIL 400 326 8 5
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 342 258 9 21
MELOXICAM 295 252 10 14
BUMETANIDE 287 251 11 112
SERTRALINE HCL 283 249 12 26
TRAMADOL HCL 268 224 13 13
GABAPENTIN 268 180 13 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 248 199 15 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 202 130 16 16
NEXIUM 196 124 17 23
METFORMIN HCL 188 124 18 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 179 169 19 22
ALLOPURINOL 175 113 20 31
RANITIDINE HCL 167 134 21 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 165 127 22 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 156 154 23 32
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 152 133 24 69
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 142 102 25 40
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 140 123 26 19
ROPINIROLE HCL 139 121 27 82
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 139 122 R 27 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 137 100 29 46
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 134 126 30 12
CEPHALEXIN 128 108 31 90
FLUOXETINE HCL 120 64 32 51
AZITHROMYCIN 120 85 32 36
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 119 104 34 25
PROMETHAZINE HCL 111 69 R 35 54
CLONIDINE HCL 109 85 36 27
CLOPIDOGREL 106 99 37 35
BUSPIRONE HCL 102 62 38 110
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 102 58 R 38 39
TRAZODONE HCL 101 66 40 29
ATENOLOL 100 88 41 24
DIGOXIN 97 97 42 52
NAMENDA 90 90 43 43
IBUPROFEN 86 44 44 94
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 85 62 45 99
PROPRANOLOL HCL 85 60 45 135
CYMBALTA 84 65 47 53
PROAIR HFA 84 57 47 50
AMOXICILLIN 81 65 49 89
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 79 79 50 116
CARVEDILOL 79 70 50 15
RAMIPRIL 78 63 52 77
SINGULAIR 78 71 52 84
GLIPIZIDE 77 57 54 62
LANTUS 76 76 55 68
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 55 56 38
MECLIZINE HCL 75 73 56 80
NAPROXEN 74 43 58 81
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 74 44 S3 58 127
PLAVIX 74 68 58 49
TAMSULOSIN HCL 73 62 61 33
CRESTOR 71 68 62 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 71 55 62 18
GLIMEPIRIDE 70 68 64 34
ESTRADIOL 69 45 R 65 114
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 69 60 65 255
PREDNISONE 69 53 65 42
PREMARIN 68 40 R 68 109
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 68 68 71
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 67 52 70 58
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 50 71 70
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 63 48 72 28
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 61 54 73 142
SUCRALFATE 61 49 73 144
BENAZEPRIL HCL 60 48 75 61
OXYCONTIN 60 31 S2 75 166
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 59 47 77 103
RISPERIDONE 57 45 78 87
TIZANIDINE HCL 55 23 79 76
LIDODERM 54 52 80 220
VERAPAMIL ER 54 54 80 86
GLIPIZIDE XL 53 33 82 138
FLUCONAZOLE 51 23 83 102
SPIRIVA 51 51 83 64
NOVOLIN N 51 45 83 370
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 50 38 S2 86 143
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.