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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,293Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 365 out of 1000

$368K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 380 out of 1000

231 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
52% 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

28% of this provider’s 231 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 4,844 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 21%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 410 240 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 269 200 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 233 118 3 2
METFORMIN HCL 222 125 4 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 178 91 5 4
LISINOPRIL 169 121 6 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 158 82 7 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 149 103 8 20
MELOXICAM 133 74 9 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 131 86 10 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 129 96 11 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 82 12 9
FUROSEMIDE 125 100 13 7
NEXIUM 123 95 14 23
TRAMADOL HCL 122 95 15 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 113 72 16 25
GABAPENTIN 113 84 16 11
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 111 87 18 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 106 93 19 33
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 94 59 20 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 91 91 21 32
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 47 22 38
GLIMEPIRIDE 87 51 23 34
NAMENDA 87 87 23 43
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 87 71 23 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 86 74 26 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 84 76 27 22
ALLOPURINOL 80 42 28 31
CYMBALTA 68 17 29 53
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 67 31 R 30 39
PROAIR HFA 65 21 31 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 64 30 32 28
SERTRALINE HCL 63 30 33 26
JANUMET 61 33 34 195
CEPHALEXIN 61 38 34 90
LYRICA 58 34 36 47
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 58 58 36 48
CRESTOR 56 18 38 30
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 53 36 39 18
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. 29, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.