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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,694Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 149 out of 1000

$853K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 89 out of 1000

608 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

8% of this provider’s 608 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 608 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,754 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 764 332 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 597 388 2 2
METFORMIN HCL 508 331 3 8
SIMVASTATIN 398 249 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 326 193 5 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 309 203 6 10
FUROSEMIDE 301 196 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 291 202 8 6
GABAPENTIN 289 167 9 11
MELOXICAM 282 196 10 14
TRAMADOL HCL 227 140 11 13
LISINOPRIL 223 166 12 5
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 220 142 13 18
NEXIUM 210 98 14 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 181 49 15 16
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 165 94 16 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 165 126 16 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 165 118 16 19
ATENOLOL 155 131 19 24
ALLOPURINOL 153 106 20 31
CRESTOR 146 93 21 30
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 145 65 R 22 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 90 23 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 142 65 24 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 139 69 25 25
WARFARIN SODIUM 132 104 26 22
ENDOCET 130 48 S2 27 107
CARVEDILOL 129 90 28 15
PROMETHAZINE HCL 123 18 R 29 54
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 123 57 29 125
FENOFIBRATE 121 69 31 55
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 116 77 32 60
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 115 87 33 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 88 34 20
OXYCONTIN 107 98 S2 35 166
AZITHROMYCIN 107 73 35 36
OXYCODONE HCL 105 52 S2 37 118
PROAIR HFA 99 50 38 50
CLOPIDOGREL 96 80 39 35
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 95 61 40 46
NIASPAN 93 51 41 172
METFORMIN HCL ER 86 33 42 44
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 59 42 38
SERTRALINE HCL 83 48 44 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 82 60 45 28
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 79 51 S2 46 202
DONEPEZIL HCL 76 67 47 32
GLIMEPIRIDE 75 71 48 34
CYMBALTA 74 30 49 53
METHOCARBAMOL 72 0 R 50 79
PLAVIX 71 53 51 49
INSULIN SYRINGE 70 20 52 93
ACTOS 70 54 52 119
TIZANIDINE HCL 69 14 54 76
BENAZEPRIL HCL 69 62 54 61
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 67 31 56 132
LOVASTATIN 66 38 57 41
RAMIPRIL 65 34 58 77
LIPITOR 64 39 59 170
SPIRONOLACTONE 64 34 59 78
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 35 61 73
TAMSULOSIN HCL 62 49 62 33
CLONIDINE HCL 61 49 63 27
NABUMETONE 61 37 63 169
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 45 65 101
VENTOLIN HFA 58 22 66 83
SINGULAIR 57 27 67 84
FLUOXETINE HCL 55 22 68 51
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 52 19 69 48
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 51 32 70 209
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 50 44 71 154
CEPHALEXIN 50 23 71 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 June 29, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.