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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,219Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 114 out of 1000

$756K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 122 out of 1000

278 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
92%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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
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this specialty
in Alabama
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 278 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 278 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 15,619 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

29% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

58 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
CITALOPRAM HBR 685 656 1 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 668 650 S3 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 604 596 3 7
DONEPEZIL HCL 518 518 4 32
OMEPRAZOLE 497 485 5 2
NAMENDA 494 494 6 43
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 484 471 7 4
WARFARIN SODIUM 468 451 8 22
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 414 414 9 6
SIMVASTATIN 411 393 10 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 395 395 11 10
MIRTAZAPINE 342 339 12 56
LISINOPRIL 317 307 13 5
EXELON 266 266 14 108
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 228 218 15 75
GABAPENTIN 224 212 16 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 215 215 17 19
SERTRALINE HCL 208 184 18 26
TRAZODONE HCL 182 179 19 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 178 154 20 16
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 176 176 21 28
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 172 166 22 69
METFORMIN HCL 171 171 23 8
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 162 153 24 9
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 128 25 33
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 135 135 26 142
RANITIDINE HCL 132 120 27 37
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 128 128 28 60
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 126 113 29 21
SEROQUEL 124 120 30 157
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 122 122 31 113
DIGOXIN 121 121 32 52
CARVEDILOL 120 120 33 15
TRAMADOL HCL 118 116 34 13
ATENOLOL 108 108 35 24
PREDNISONE 105 105 36 42
CLONIDINE HCL 97 97 37 27
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 94 94 38 116
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 88 88 39 25
NOVOLOG 87 87 40 156
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 84 84 41 57
DIOVAN 82 82 42 67
AZITHROMYCIN 80 80 43 36
CLOPIDOGREL 78 78 44 35
RISPERIDONE 74 74 45 87
NEXIUM 73 70 46 23
FAMOTIDINE 73 73 46 88
LEVEMIR 72 72 48 179
SANTYL 72 72 48 249
ADVAIR DISKUS 71 71 50 65
PAROXETINE HCL 69 69 51 63
NYSTATIN 68 61 52 182
SODIUM CHLORIDE 64 61 53 369
DETROL LA 63 50 54 208
VESICARE 62 62 55 200
CYMBALTA 62 52 55 53
LANTUS 61 61 57 68
BENAZEPRIL HCL 60 60 58 61
PROMETHAZINE HCL 59 55 R 59 54
ALLOPURINOL 58 57 60 31
HUMALOG 58 58 60 192
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 57 57 62 203
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 45 62 157
DETROL 56 42 10 64 365
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 55 55 65 12
PLAVIX 54 54 66 49
MORPHINE SULFATE 53 0 S2 67 264
GLIPIZIDE 52 52 68 62
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 50 49 69 159
LEVETIRACETAM 50 50 69 128
MUPIROCIN 50 50 69 140
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 6, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.