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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,446Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 39 out of 300

$803K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 300

637 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

5% of this provider’s 637 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

8% of this provider’s 637 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 21%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,005 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

53% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$125 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $75 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

10 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
SPIRIVA 1,056 851 1 53
FORADIL 652 525 10 2 134
PREDNISONE 490 396 3 50
FUROSEMIDE 362 305 4 5
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 219 168 5 97
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 214 184 6 20
SYMBICORT 168 121 7 127
VENTOLIN HFA 154 69 8 125
ADVAIR DISKUS 150 105 9 75
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 139 104 10 78
PROAIR HFA 136 101 11 80
AZITHROMYCIN 133 114 12 71
COMBIVENT 123 91 13 179
ASTEPRO 122 80 14 217
KLOR-CON M20 113 99 15 87
SINGULAIR 110 75 16 115
SEREVENT DISKUS 73 41 17 327
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 65 17 163
LEVOFLOXACIN 71 58 19 129
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 49 S3 20 1
OMEPRAZOLE 65 62 21 2
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 62 62 22 228
NYSTATIN 60 43 23 348
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 49 24 45
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 36 24 179
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 March 6, 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.