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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,213Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 45 out of 1000

$830K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 94 out of 1000

709 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 709 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 709 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 16,586 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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
OMEPRAZOLE 1,192 924 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 1,189 994 2 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,047 852 3 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 881 557 S3 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 658 484 5 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 607 499 6 19
TRAMADOL HCL 431 236 7 13
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 409 371 8 21
LISINOPRIL 370 299 9 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 336 272 10 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 312 256 11 22
METFORMIN HCL 309 190 12 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 307 217 13 10
GABAPENTIN 302 185 14 11
MELOXICAM 301 258 15 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 300 258 16 17
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 290 199 R 17 45
NEXIUM 286 223 18 23
TRAZODONE HCL 286 215 18 29
GLYBURIDE 283 227 R 20 92
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 258 155 21 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 253 201 22 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 242 167 23 6
PREDNISONE 228 177 24 42
ATENOLOL 222 187 25 24
ALLOPURINOL 206 160 26 31
CLOPIDOGREL 201 156 27 35
RANITIDINE HCL 180 125 28 37
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 174 162 29 48
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 168 140 30 58
AZITHROMYCIN 159 108 31 36
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 147 126 32 71
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 143 109 33 46
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 140 109 34 38
NABUMETONE 137 113 35 169
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 136 101 36 28
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 128 88 37 20
SERTRALINE HCL 127 93 38 26
ZETIA 122 103 39 95
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 121 91 40 40
PLAVIX 120 94 41 49
NAPROXEN 117 69 42 81
AMOXICILLIN 115 83 43 89
PREMARIN 114 94 R 44 109
CARVEDILOL 114 87 44 15
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 112 88 46 70
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 111 94 47 57
CRESTOR 104 83 48 30
FLUOXETINE HCL 98 58 49 51
FINASTERIDE 98 98 49 177
VERAPAMIL ER 98 60 49 86
FENOFIBRATE 97 74 52 55
ETODOLAC 93 76 53 152
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 91 91 54 59
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 91 79 54 25
COMBIVENT 88 50 56 193
DIGOXIN 87 87 57 52
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 87 35 57 99
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 85 71 59 147
RAMIPRIL 85 65 59 77
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 84 68 61 116
SPIRIVA 81 47 62 64
PROPRANOLOL HCL 80 66 63 135
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 80 63 33
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 79 59 65 103
DONEPEZIL HCL 79 70 65 32
MECLIZINE HCL 79 76 65 80
PROMETHAZINE HCL 78 38 R 68 54
ENDOCET 77 51 S2 69 107
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 72 72 70 111
ADVAIR DISKUS 72 50 70 65
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 70 45 72 60
SINGULAIR 68 53 73 84
CELEBREX 67 67 74 98
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 65 24 R 75 39
GEMFIBROZIL 64 48 76 105
INDOMETHACIN 64 58 R 76 246
METHOCARBAMOL 62 25 R 78 79
ESTRADIOL 62 26 R 78 114
LYRICA 60 38 80 47
HYDROXYZINE HCL 59 46 R 81 153
LIPITOR 56 36 82 170
VENTOLIN HFA 56 28 82 83
CLONIDINE HCL 55 24 84 27
CYMBALTA 55 33 84 53
CARISOPRODOL 54 0 R 86 72
LOVASTATIN 53 40 87 41
INSULIN SYRINGE 53 33 87 93
KLOR-CON M20 53 23 87 66
ACTONEL 52 52 90 241
BENICAR 51 50 91 263
LEVOFLOXACIN 51 41 91 73
NYSTATIN-TRIAMCINOLONE 50 33 93 255
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 50 35 S2 93 202
CEPHALEXIN 50 38 93 90
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. 27, 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.