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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,825Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 300

$258K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 71 out of 300

256 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
54%Patients 65 Years and Older
79% 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

31% of this provider’s 256 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 4,117 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

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $75 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
OMEPRAZOLE 286 181 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 267 193 2 3
METFORMIN HCL 239 152 3 24
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 226 89 S3 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 208 125 5 5
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 193 99 6 21
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 179 147 7 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 168 125 8 17
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 155 81 9 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 131 92 10 13
LISINOPRIL 127 83 11 7
CARVEDILOL 126 84 12 8
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 126 76 12 76
LOVASTATIN 104 67 14 85
CLONIDINE HCL 102 46 15 39
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 97 63 16 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 96 88 17 26
METFORMIN HCL ER 94 80 18 100
KLOR-CON M20 85 68 19 87
TRAMADOL HCL 81 55 20 11
ATENOLOL 81 33 20 27
SERTRALINE HCL 81 40 20 40
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 78 28 23 112
WARFARIN SODIUM 78 46 23 23
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 77 54 25 56
MELOXICAM 76 58 26 14
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 76 22 26 15
VERAPAMIL ER 56 43 28 152
PROAIR HFA 52 17 29 80
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 51 22 30 16
GABAPENTIN 50 18 31 6
INSULIN SYRINGE 50 33 31 155
LIPITOR 50 22 31 211
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 8, 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.