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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Adult Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,637Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 17

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 17

658 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

4% of this provider’s 658 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 658 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 22%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,272 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

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $47 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


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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 1,231 493 S3 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 881 513 2 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 812 554 3 3
GLIMEPIRIDE 712 517 4 20
OMEPRAZOLE 648 336 5 4
LOVASTATIN 599 407 6 25
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 580 349 7 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 521 322 8 11
LISINOPRIL 489 273 9 8
FUROSEMIDE 484 314 10 7
SIMVASTATIN 396 232 11 2
CHLORTHALIDONE 389 190 12 44
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 370 215 13 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 334 243 14 12
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 321 197 15 58
GABAPENTIN 315 185 16 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 298 192 17 14
ALLOPURINOL 268 191 18 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 260 148 19 33
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 254 217 20 88
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 245 169 21 17
TRAMADOL HCL 243 131 22 13
NEXIUM 228 169 23 19
FENOFIBRATE 225 120 24 79
ZETIA 224 159 25 81
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 219 105 26 83
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217 129 27 21
ATENOLOL 208 157 28 22
MELOXICAM 207 104 29 23
RAMIPRIL 205 140 30 52
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 188 98 31 41
IBUPROFEN 180 81 32 49
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 180 109 32 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 179 101 34 10
CARVEDILOL 171 107 35 18
CLOPIDOGREL 164 124 36 29
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 162 41 R 37 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 161 95 38 35
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 160 69 39 24
CRESTOR 157 80 40 34
CLONIDINE HCL 148 105 41 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 137 88 42 27
PLAVIX 136 102 43 42
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 130 86 44 28
TRAZODONE HCL 127 54 45 46
JANUVIA 126 112 46 67
ACTOS 121 67 47 77
SPIRIVA 113 49 48 64
MIRTAZAPINE 111 61 49 68
CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE 111 70 49 118
HYDRALAZINE HCL 108 76 51 38
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 106 32 52 119
TERAZOSIN HCL 105 60 53 121
VENTOLIN HFA 105 57 53 76
LOVAZA 100 67 55 122
PEN NEEDLE 94 36 56 87
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 93 40 57 125
NAPROXEN 91 50 58 66
FAMOTIDINE 91 33 58 55
DIGOXIN 90 51 60 45
CARISOPRODOL 89 18 R 61 53
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 89 46 61 57
NIFEDIPINE ER 88 46 63 127
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 88 36 63 101
TAMSULOSIN HCL 87 51 65 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 86 53 66 62
CYMBALTA 84 0 67 73
SINGULAIR 84 63 67 96
PROAIR HFA 82 52 69 70
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 82 52 69 111
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 71 69 60
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 81 47 72 51
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 61 73 71
DONEPEZIL HCL 78 64 74 39
BENAZEPRIL HCL 76 53 75 92
KLOR-CON M20 76 37 75 26
GLIPIZIDE 75 37 77 90
VERAPAMIL HCL 75 52 77 132
VERAPAMIL ER 74 59 79 47
AMOXICILLIN 74 36 79 95
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 33 81 72
PREDNISONE 70 48 82 113
PROMETHAZINE HCL 69 16 R 83 54
COMBIVENT 69 34 83 135
DIOVAN HCT 68 35 85 65
RANITIDINE HCL 60 24 86 37
MECLIZINE HCL 60 39 86 97
SERTRALINE HCL 60 41 86 40
AZITHROMYCIN 59 29 89 56
NIASPAN 59 25 89 144
JANUMET 58 39 91 145
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 55 40 92 114
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 55 24 92 86
NASONEX 54 30 94 151
QUINAPRIL HCL 54 30 94 91
HYDROXYZINE HCL 52 23 R 96 154
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 51 51 97 159
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 50 22 R 98 163
PREMARIN 50 16 R 98 116
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.