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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,032Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 300

$828K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 16 out of 300

575 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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

2% of this provider’s 575 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 575 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 21%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 13,678 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $75 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,065 747 1 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 758 641 2 4
LISINOPRIL 741 581 3 7
FUROSEMIDE 712 544 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 703 472 5 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 689 543 6 12
METFORMIN HCL 547 376 7 24
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 442 343 8 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 440 287 9 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 410 282 10 21
GABAPENTIN 389 275 11 6
CARVEDILOL 322 288 12 8
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 295 181 13 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 291 201 14 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 267 189 S3 15 1
TRAMADOL HCL 256 168 16 11
ATENOLOL 249 210 17 27
MELOXICAM 247 172 18 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 243 216 19 79
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 230 159 20 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 213 182 21 9
CELEBREX 208 147 22 114
NEXIUM 206 129 23 44
SERTRALINE HCL 200 158 24 40
TRAZODONE HCL 189 137 25 51
LANTUS 183 103 26 146
PREDNISONE 181 135 27 50
WARFARIN SODIUM 180 148 28 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 175 127 29 45
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 88 30 76
GLIPIZIDE 172 85 31 156
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 170 135 32 17
DONEPEZIL HCL 163 158 33 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 157 104 34 47
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 153 119 35 26
CLOPIDOGREL 146 131 36 18
CLONIDINE HCL 143 70 37 39
ADVAIR DISKUS 138 112 38 75
PLAVIX 130 122 39 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 122 65 40 16
MIRTAZAPINE 120 108 41 107
CRESTOR 120 79 41 49
ALLOPURINOL 115 89 43 64
RANITIDINE HCL 115 77 43 63
PROAIR HFA 105 58 45 80
MECLIZINE HCL 101 93 46 175
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 99 65 47 56
AZITHROMYCIN 99 61 47 71
ROPINIROLE HCL 98 54 49 104
COMBIVENT 96 79 50 179
SPIRONOLACTONE 93 72 51 69
METFORMIN HCL ER 92 64 52 100
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 90 75 53 55
LEVOFLOXACIN 89 64 54 129
CITALOPRAM HBR 88 65 55 46
DIGOXIN 83 83 56 36
LYRICA 83 54 56 31
INSULIN SYRINGE 80 35 58 155
ACTOS 80 52 58 220
NIASPAN 76 36 60 158
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 72 23 61 163
SUCRALFATE 72 34 61 183
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 72 44 61 94
FLUOXETINE HCL 70 48 64 81
HUMALOG 68 26 65 290
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 67 48 66 112
KLOR-CON 10 66 49 67 130
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 65 68 95
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 64 41 R 69 173
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 64 62 69 101
LIPITOR 61 47 71 211
PAROXETINE HCL 60 48 72 103
CYMBALTA 60 21 72 54
FENOFIBRATE 60 46 72 73
FAMOTIDINE 57 49 75 216
BUPROPION HCL SR 56 23 76 244
HYDROXYZINE HCL 56 39 R 76 186
SPIRIVA 53 47 78 53
SYMBICORT 52 32 79 127
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.