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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,819Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 300

$903K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 300

493 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

14% of this provider’s 493 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

39% of this provider’s 493 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 21%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 13,044 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $75 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

38 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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 1,416 818 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 743 560 2 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 637 513 3 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 477 257 4 17
METFORMIN HCL 445 307 5 24
FUROSEMIDE 440 317 6 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 403 278 7 16
MELOXICAM 400 254 8 14
LISINOPRIL 396 287 9 7
TRAMADOL HCL 381 247 10 11
SIMVASTATIN 376 274 11 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 351 259 12 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 261 211 13 46
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 259 221 14 4
CARVEDILOL 240 208 15 8
SERTRALINE HCL 227 166 16 40
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 223 199 17 21
FENOFIBRATE 218 115 18 73
GABAPENTIN 214 169 19 6
CRESTOR 208 131 20 49
NEXIUM 188 120 21 44
GEMFIBROZIL 174 85 22 163
ATENOLOL 174 133 22 27
CLOPIDOGREL 160 116 24 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 158 136 25 23
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 151 99 26 34
CEPHALEXIN 141 88 27 82
DONEPEZIL HCL 141 116 27 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140 104 29 47
TAMSULOSIN HCL 131 105 30 9
GLYBURIDE 125 86 R 31 141
ALLOPURINOL 122 101 32 64
CELEBREX 118 105 33 114
DIGOXIN 112 102 34 36
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 107 44 35 300
NAMENDA 104 96 36 61
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 102 83 37 56
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 101 86 38 13
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 98 77 39 102
PAROXETINE HCL 98 59 39 103
DIOVAN 98 68 39 84
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 97 27 S2 42 48
PLAVIX 97 74 42 32
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 96 37 S2 44 19
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 92 63 45 41
MIRTAZAPINE 90 74 46 107
FAMOTIDINE 90 79 46 216
PROMETHAZINE HCL 90 37 R 46 58
TRAZODONE HCL 88 67 49 51
AMOXICILLIN 86 56 50 153
PREDNISONE 84 64 51 50
CYMBALTA 82 35 52 54
LYRICA 82 42 52 31
ENDOCET 82 36 S2 52 60
MEGESTROL ACETATE 81 78 R 55 210
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 79 62 56 45
PREMARIN 76 45 R 57 83
NAPROXEN 75 37 58 159
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 72 58 15
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 42 58 101
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 75 35 R 58 43
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 73 66 62 26
ESTRADIOL 73 28 R 62 77
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 72 24 R 64 35
MECLIZINE HCL 69 65 65 175
OXYCODONE HCL 67 0 S2 66 22
LANTUS 67 41 66 146
PRIMIDONE 66 59 68 88
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 66 53 68 147
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 43 70 81
ROPINIROLE HCL 65 49 70 104
VERAPAMIL ER 65 0 70 152
CARISOPRODOL 63 33 R 73 28
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 62 49 74 29
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 61 46 75 139
AMPHETAMINE SALT COMBO 60 11 S2 76 192
LANSOPRAZOLE 58 31 77 253
BACLOFEN 57 54 78 74
RANITIDINE HCL 57 33 78 63
TORSEMIDE 57 35 78 110
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 56 24 81 76
TRICOR 52 39 82 230
SYMBICORT 51 32 83 127
PROAIR HFA 51 34 83 80
VENTOLIN HFA 51 35 83 125
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 40 83 119
DESOXIMETASONE 50 33 87 378
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 13, 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.