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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,366Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 133 out of 1000

$584K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 204 out of 1000

391 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
50% 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

3% of this provider’s 391 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 391 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 11,660 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

16% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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
LISINOPRIL 721 606 1 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 557 344 S3 2 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 550 441 3 4
OMEPRAZOLE 517 408 4 2
FUROSEMIDE 425 317 5 7
LOVASTATIN 423 309 6 41
SIMVASTATIN 423 337 6 3
METFORMIN HCL 414 322 8 8
MELOXICAM 405 315 9 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 365 289 10 12
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 350 266 11 10
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 349 328 12 9
ATENOLOL 287 257 13 24
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 283 215 14 6
FLUOXETINE HCL 279 181 15 51
ALLOPURINOL 275 189 16 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 243 173 17 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 236 233 18 22
CARVEDILOL 192 148 19 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 172 116 20 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 151 123 21 33
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 143 116 22 101
NEXIUM 141 120 23 23
PREDNISONE 135 114 24 42
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 131 64 25 184
FAMOTIDINE 130 96 26 88
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 129 111 27 19
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 124 66 28 16
CRESTOR 123 101 29 30
FINASTERIDE 119 104 30 177
LAMOTRIGINE 116 68 31 235
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 113 108 32 20
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 101 77 33 57
GABAPENTIN 93 71 34 11
ROPINIROLE HCL 91 77 35 82
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 91 66 35 46
CLOPIDOGREL 88 81 37 35
METHOCARBAMOL 87 34 R 38 79
MECLIZINE HCL 87 85 38 80
KLOR-CON M20 85 58 40 66
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 84 46 R 41 45
TRAMADOL HCL 83 41 42 13
AZITHROMYCIN 82 52 43 36
GEMFIBROZIL 77 55 44 105
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 72 45 38
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 74 61 46 48
SINGULAIR 72 62 47 84
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 72 54 47 70
LYRICA 71 57 49 47
GLIPIZIDE ER 71 71 49 106
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 69 69 51 59
DIGOXIN 68 56 52 52
LANTUS 66 50 53 68
GLIPIZIDE 65 65 54 62
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 65 65 54 25
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 62 62 56 206
TRAZODONE HCL 62 62 56 29
MIRTAZAPINE 61 57 58 56
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 29 59 71
TERAZOSIN HCL 60 44 59 150
SYNTHROID 60 55 59 91
PLAVIX 60 55 59 49
CELEBREX 59 55 63 98
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 59 33 63 18
CYMBALTA 56 32 65 53
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 56 41 65 255
KETOCONAZOLE 53 33 67 219
SUCRALFATE 52 48 68 144
SPIRIVA 50 30 69 64
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 50 44 69 75
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 9, 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.