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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,917Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 55 out of 1000

$888K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 80 out of 1000

610 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
74% 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

5% of this provider’s 610 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

37% of this provider’s 610 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 12,601 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

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 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 1,498 734 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 692 420 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 670 397 3 3
LISINOPRIL 647 399 4 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 606 348 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 597 419 6 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 576 407 7 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 519 318 8 4
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 484 316 9 12
METFORMIN HCL 418 137 10 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 398 187 11 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 308 202 12 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 299 242 13 22
CARVEDILOL 294 205 14 15
GABAPENTIN 281 148 15 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 281 197 15 25
ATENOLOL 265 182 17 24
CRESTOR 244 156 18 30
MELOXICAM 237 99 19 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 232 192 20 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 229 131 21 21
NEXIUM 221 136 22 23
CLONIDINE HCL 218 119 23 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 213 127 24 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 213 159 24 19
CLOPIDOGREL 212 181 26 35
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 202 111 27 28
AZITHROMYCIN 190 102 28 36
TRAMADOL HCL 189 116 29 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 177 106 30 40
PLAVIX 166 127 31 49
ALLOPURINOL 160 133 32 31
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 108 33 20
GLIPIZIDE 153 111 34 62
GLIMEPIRIDE 153 86 34 34
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 142 78 R 36 121
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 128 83 37 46
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 117 37 R 38 39
PROAIR HFA 116 59 39 50
ZETIA 115 92 40 95
FAMOTIDINE 114 63 41 88
LYRICA 110 44 42 47
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 109 69 R 43 45
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 107 59 44 60
FLUOXETINE HCL 105 30 45 51
SINGULAIR 104 76 46 84
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 104 77 46 48
DIGOXIN 101 81 48 52
VERAPAMIL ER 100 51 49 86
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 99 82 50 71
VENTOLIN HFA 98 33 51 83
HYDRALAZINE HCL 95 60 52 74
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 94 67 53 59
ESTRADIOL 94 54 R 53 114
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 90 49 55 69
FENOFIBRATE 89 43 56 55
SERTRALINE HCL 87 46 57 26
SPIRONOLACTONE 86 61 58 78
NAPROXEN 85 34 59 81
JANUVIA 85 29 59 85
PROMETHAZINE HCL 85 35 R 59 54
CARISOPRODOL 84 20 R 62 72
TIZANIDINE HCL 82 31 63 76
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 81 64 33
FLUCONAZOLE 80 31 65 102
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 78 37 66 125
TRAZODONE HCL 77 48 67 29
BENAZEPRIL HCL 73 32 68 61
IBUPROFEN 71 33 69 94
MECLIZINE HCL 69 41 70 80
SPIRIVA 68 31 71 64
PROPRANOLOL HCL 66 19 72 135
SYNTHROID 65 35 73 91
DILTIAZEM ER 63 51 74 146
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 62 29 75 101
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 61 40 76 132
PAROXETINE HCL 61 50 76 63
LIPITOR 60 52 78 170
METFORMIN HCL ER 59 27 79 44
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 32 80 65
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 58 31 80 209
LOVAZA 56 25 82 148
LOVASTATIN 56 26 82 41
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 50 82 38
NIASPAN 55 26 85 172
RAMIPRIL 55 42 85 77
NAMENDA 55 55 85 43
RANITIDINE HCL 52 21 88 37
DIOVAN HCT 52 14 88 96
CYMBALTA 50 31 90 53
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 22, 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.