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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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10,640Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 249 out of 1000

$482K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 267 out of 1000

270 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%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
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this specialty
in Alabama
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 270 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 270 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 8,549 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% 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 $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 401 293 S3 1 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 350 276 2 10
FUROSEMIDE 349 315 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 302 234 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 265 249 5 6
SIMVASTATIN 228 190 6 3
GABAPENTIN 221 163 7 11
DONEPEZIL HCL 218 204 8 32
LISINOPRIL 211 161 9 5
OMEPRAZOLE 205 196 10 2
WARFARIN SODIUM 202 184 11 22
DIGOXIN 190 171 12 52
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 162 141 13 19
CITALOPRAM HBR 155 99 14 17
MIRTAZAPINE 147 134 15 56
RISPERIDONE 145 117 16 87
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 118 17 9
NAMENDA 139 126 18 43
CAPTOPRIL 136 99 19 260
METFORMIN HCL 135 100 20 8
CARVEDILOL 132 105 21 15
TRAMADOL HCL 124 74 22 13
ATENOLOL 120 91 23 24
GLIMEPIRIDE 109 99 24 34
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 106 94 25 159
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 98 89 26 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 95 75 27 33
NEXIUM 89 42 28 23
DIOVAN 86 71 29 67
EXELON 81 81 30 108
ALLOPURINOL 77 66 31 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 73 44 32 28
PREMARIN 73 42 R 32 109
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 72 72 34 136
LANTUS 71 61 35 68
FLUOXETINE HCL 69 69 36 51
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 68 62 37 21
TRAZODONE HCL 67 46 38 29
KLOR-CON M20 64 34 39 66
PAROXETINE HCL 62 42 40 63
FAMOTIDINE 60 32 41 88
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 59 35 42 115
SUCRALFATE 58 55 43 144
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 58 58 43 116
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 56 45 78
CLOPIDOGREL 57 41 45 35
DETROL LA 55 55 47 208
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 53 42 R 48 45
PROPRANOLOL HCL 53 36 48 135
LEVETIRACETAM 53 37 48 128
GEMFIBROZIL 52 19 51 105
HUMALOG 52 52 51 192
SEROQUEL 51 45 53 157
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 51 28 53 18
MELOXICAM 51 44 53 14
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 April 16, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.