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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Endocrinology, Diabetes Metabolism

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,184Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 51

$634K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 12 out of 51

398 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
27% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

N/A

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 4,467 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

36% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 43%.

Prescription Price

$88 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $113 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 719 450 1 1
GLIMEPIRIDE 449 323 2 6
METFORMIN HCL 381 228 3 2
SYNTHROID 358 217 4 3
SIMVASTATIN 345 223 5 7
TRANDOLAPRIL 308 213 10 6 61
INDAPAMIDE 208 140 7 75
NOVOLOG 174 60 8 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 148 95 9 20
LANTUS 142 78 10 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 133 71 11 13
FENOFIBRATE 131 95 12 38
INSULIN SYRINGE 130 58 13 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 129 76 14 15
CRESTOR 127 97 15 29
METFORMIN HCL ER 121 61 16 11
ZETIA 119 75 17 65
TRICOR 109 79 18 82
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 109 64 18 26
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 94 53 20 10
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 88 70 21 18
LOVAZA 70 38 22 69
ACTOS 70 40 22 34
CARVEDILOL 69 37 24 25
SPIRONOLACTONE 65 33 25 57
VIVELLE-DOT 62 34 26 110
HYDROCORTISONE 60 29 27 43
JANUVIA 58 29 28 17
PEN NEEDLE 56 34 29 4
GABAPENTIN 55 30 30 19
HUMALOG 55 29 30 8
NOVOFINE 53 45 32 120
TORSEMIDE 52 40 33 122
LEVEMIR 51 49 34 41
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 51 42 34 33
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 June 22, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.