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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,121Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 52 out of 1000

$890K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 79 out of 1000

739 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
64%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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

5% of this provider’s 739 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

33% of this provider’s 739 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 15,022 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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 1,370 764 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 660 487 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 648 466 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 554 343 4 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 472 367 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 436 360 6 7
CARVEDILOL 418 331 7 15
SIMVASTATIN 393 300 8 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 340 282 9 10
TRAMADOL HCL 328 234 10 13
LOVASTATIN 323 224 11 41
WARFARIN SODIUM 288 280 12 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 281 226 13 6
CEPHALEXIN 261 176 14 90
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 255 164 15 12
PAROXETINE HCL 245 166 16 63
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 233 184 17 19
TORSEMIDE 222 203 18 137
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 215 167 19 25
DIGOXIN 210 190 20 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 198 154 21 17
ATENOLOL 197 120 22 24
CLOPIDOGREL 183 147 23 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 179 173 24 32
DIOVAN 179 173 24 67
RANITIDINE HCL 177 111 26 37
GABAPENTIN 173 114 27 11
ALLOPURINOL 172 131 28 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 169 105 29 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 166 82 30 16
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 162 116 31 20
SERTRALINE HCL 157 138 32 26
NEXIUM 153 67 33 23
GEMFIBROZIL 151 83 34 105
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 148 139 35 57
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 147 126 36 256
NAMENDA 144 139 37 43
PREDNISONE 143 96 38 42
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 142 84 39 28
MELOXICAM 141 71 40 14
MEGESTROL ACETATE 138 135 R 41 134
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 138 73 41 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 129 87 43 34
PLAVIX 128 106 44 49
VERAPAMIL ER 127 70 45 86
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 125 106 46 116
TRAZODONE HCL 125 67 46 29
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 124 100 48 9
GLIPIZIDE 123 102 49 62
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 121 100 50 46
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 120 110 51 75
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 72 52 38
BUMETANIDE 116 92 52 112
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 116 114 52 69
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 116 87 52 18
LYRICA 111 38 56 47
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 107 94 57 136
ZETIA 107 89 57 95
CLONIDINE HCL 105 54 59 27
DIOVAN HCT 102 70 60 96
CRESTOR 100 79 61 30
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 100 23 R 61 39
HUMULIN 70-30 100 81 61 131
NOVOLIN 70-30 98 90 64 160
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 96 67 65 147
KLOR-CON M10 95 90 66 216
NITROFURANTOIN 94 91 67 199
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 93 88 68 145
CYMBALTA 92 37 69 53
INSULIN SYRINGE 91 64 70 93
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 91 91 70 142
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 89 72 72 70
KETOCONAZOLE 84 75 73 219
SYMBICORT 81 53 74 149
PROMETHAZINE HCL 79 44 R 75 54
ESTRADIOL 77 15 R 76 114
FLUOCINONIDE 77 52 76 331
KLOR-CON M20 76 63 78 66
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 75 75 79 203
LACTULOSE 75 59 79 162
BACLOFEN 73 24 81 129
PROAIR HFA 72 55 82 50
FLUCONAZOLE 71 40 83 102
DOXEPIN HCL 71 47 83 176
MECLIZINE HCL 71 62 83 80
LANTUS 69 63 86 68
MIRTAZAPINE 64 42 87 56
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 61 53 88 226
LEVETIRACETAM 59 45 89 128
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 58 42 90 58
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 57 22 R 91 121
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 57 38 91 97
CARAFATE 53 47 93 244
GENERLAC 53 53 93 231
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 52 30 95 159
AMIODARONE HCL 51 40 96 178
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.