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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,071Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 13 out of 51

$693K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 14 out of 51

652 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

3% of this provider’s 652 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 652 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 27%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,907 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 609 465 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 606 438 2 3
METFORMIN HCL 594 455 3 9
FUROSEMIDE 578 460 4 2
LISINOPRIL 495 401 5 7
CARVEDILOL 455 384 6 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 404 374 7 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 403 305 8 15
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 402 320 9 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 367 336 10 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 344 268 11 14
WARFARIN SODIUM 267 234 12 11
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 241 189 13 35
GABAPENTIN 200 160 14 12
CRESTOR 180 142 15 46
TRAMADOL HCL 178 128 16 10
MELOXICAM 164 134 17 20
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 163 153 18 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 157 122 19 25
CLONIDINE HCL 155 86 20 26
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 150 114 21 19
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 133 89 S3 22 1
EVISTA 131 131 23 206
GLIPIZIDE 129 118 24 40
CITALOPRAM HBR 125 112 25 18
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 121 109 26 59
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 119 105 27 64
NEXIUM 116 93 28 24
HYDRALAZINE HCL 112 97 29 52
ALLOPURINOL 102 76 30 43
COLCRYS 99 75 31 143
ATENOLOL 94 74 32 33
VERAPAMIL ER 93 90 33 115
INSULIN SYRINGE 93 56 33 134
TAMSULOSIN HCL 93 72 33 36
DIGOXIN 91 75 36 42
NAMENDA 91 91 36 16
DIOVAN 90 90 38 70
LYRICA 89 39 39 54
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 88 52 40 22
RANITIDINE HCL 88 53 40 28
KLOR-CON M20 88 64 40 83
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 87 60 43 66
DILTIAZEM ER 81 71 44 179
CYMBALTA 78 67 45 37
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 77 74 46 38
FAMOTIDINE 75 55 47 55
SERTRALINE HCL 73 60 48 32
MECLIZINE HCL 71 71 49 103
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 71 54 49 48
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 70 28 R 51 53
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 68 68 52 74
JANUVIA 68 66 52 108
GEMFIBROZIL 67 36 54 126
DONEPEZIL HCL 67 67 54 17
PEN NEEDLE 65 24 56 202
LANTUS 64 40 57 31
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 62 36 58 45
CELEBREX 62 56 58 129
NIASPAN 60 22 60 220
LEVEMIR 59 43 61 111
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 59 48 61 39
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 58 57 63 30
NOVOLIN 70-30 58 48 63 89
NOVOLOG 58 43 63 151
DETROL LA 56 56 66 125
BUSPIRONE HCL 54 41 67 77
TRAZODONE HCL 52 43 68 23
MEGESTROL ACETATE 52 46 R 68 88
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 Sept. 6, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.