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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,164Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 46 out of 1000

$907K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 73 out of 1000

520 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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

6% of this provider’s 520 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 520 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 18,182 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

43 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,044 855 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 852 718 2 3
LISINOPRIL 775 623 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 709 644 4 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 634 503 S3 5 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 617 548 6 6
FUROSEMIDE 597 516 7 7
METFORMIN HCL 575 453 8 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 489 440 9 10
GABAPENTIN 480 333 10 11
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 439 405 11 9
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 424 327 12 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 403 344 13 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 332 296 14 22
TRAMADOL HCL 316 223 15 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 300 206 16 17
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 287 235 17 46
CARVEDILOL 250 210 18 15
SERTRALINE HCL 236 191 19 26
FLUOXETINE HCL 235 170 20 51
CLONIDINE HCL 224 154 21 27
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 222 182 22 25
NEXIUM 222 136 22 23
ALLOPURINOL 199 191 24 31
MELOXICAM 188 146 25 14
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 182 153 26 71
DONEPEZIL HCL 169 169 27 32
NAMENDA 169 169 27 43
TAMSULOSIN HCL 167 155 29 33
BUMETANIDE 163 127 30 112
PREDNISONE 162 132 31 42
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 159 113 32 12
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 152 150 33 57
LYRICA 147 108 34 47
DIGOXIN 147 118 34 52
LANTUS 140 124 36 68
PAROXETINE HCL 130 123 37 63
RANITIDINE HCL 126 92 38 37
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 123 74 R 39 39
KLOR-CON 10 121 98 40 104
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 118 102 41 59
MIRTAZAPINE 116 107 42 56
CYMBALTA 114 76 43 53
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 113 84 44 99
ESTRADIOL 112 78 R 45 114
SPIRIVA 111 102 46 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 111 108 46 18
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 107 83 48 16
VERAPAMIL ER 107 70 48 86
CRESTOR 105 105 50 30
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 102 81 51 48
ATENOLOL 99 84 52 24
HYDRALAZINE HCL 97 90 53 74
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 97 93 53 60
PROPRANOLOL HCL 96 68 55 135
GLIPIZIDE ER 95 73 56 106
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 95 74 56 70
METFORMIN HCL ER 94 90 58 44
PREMARIN 93 82 R 59 109
TRAZODONE HCL 93 56 59 29
GLYBURIDE 90 70 R 61 92
CLOPIDOGREL 89 83 62 35
NOVOLIN 70-30 89 65 62 160
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 89 67 62 28
TOPIRAMATE 88 33 65 181
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 55 66 93
GLIPIZIDE XL 86 65 67 138
RISPERIDONE 84 62 68 87
DIOVAN 82 74 69 67
CELEBREX 82 63 69 98
ADVAIR DISKUS 80 75 71 65
PLAVIX 79 77 72 49
GLIMEPIRIDE 78 77 73 34
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 78 51 R 73 45
SUCRALFATE 75 38 75 144
RAMIPRIL 72 60 76 77
CAPTOPRIL 72 66 76 260
BENAZEPRIL HCL 70 44 78 61
LEVETIRACETAM 70 63 78 128
LOVASTATIN 70 60 78 41
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 68 43 81 75
DETROL 66 53 10 82 365
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 65 60 83 69
VENTOLIN HFA 62 54 84 83
ROPINIROLE HCL 61 54 85 82
PROAIR HFA 61 47 85 50
SINGULAIR 61 54 85 84
SYMBICORT 59 56 88 149
FLUCONAZOLE 58 43 89 102
COUMADIN 58 36 89 237
INDAPAMIDE 57 57 91 164
EVISTA 56 56 92 168
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 55 49 93 307
NITROFURANTOIN 55 54 93 199
DILTIAZEM ER 54 54 95 146
JANUVIA 54 46 95 85
MECLIZINE HCL 53 50 97 80
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 53 16 97 115
BYSTOLIC 52 52 99 126
METHOCARBAMOL 52 39 R 99 79
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 52 52 99 40
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 March 13, 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.