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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,681Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 57 out of 1000

$788K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 110 out of 1000

914 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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

3% of this provider’s 914 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 914 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 16,245 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

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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 904 670 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 787 719 2 4
LISINOPRIL 737 599 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 671 563 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 621 533 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 535 430 6 7
ATENOLOL 521 424 7 24
METFORMIN HCL 478 378 8 8
OMEPRAZOLE 445 279 9 2
DONEPEZIL HCL 327 327 10 32
TRAMADOL HCL 313 238 11 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 299 227 12 17
MELOXICAM 267 220 13 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 257 226 14 9
AZITHROMYCIN 253 196 15 36
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 243 219 16 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 239 211 17 18
LOVASTATIN 234 160 18 41
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 227 170 19 12
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 222 167 20 20
PREDNISONE 219 170 21 42
NEXIUM 216 160 22 23
CARVEDILOL 213 162 23 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 212 171 24 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 202 166 25 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 201 158 26 19
GABAPENTIN 191 113 27 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 189 160 28 25
METHOCARBAMOL 186 119 R 29 79
VERAPAMIL ER 185 163 30 86
CLONIDINE HCL 176 154 31 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 173 154 32 22
PROAIR HFA 168 115 33 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 165 137 34 34
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 160 151 35 10
ALLOPURINOL 158 138 36 31
SERTRALINE HCL 142 113 37 26
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 142 97 R 37 45
TAMSULOSIN HCL 140 100 39 33
KLOR-CON M20 132 125 40 66
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 126 112 41 48
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 123 81 42 58
CLOPIDOGREL 123 87 42 35
LYRICA 120 67 44 47
HYDROXYZINE HCL 120 72 R 44 153
RANITIDINE HCL 117 67 46 37
GLIPIZIDE 113 85 47 62
DIGOXIN 112 94 48 52
PROMETHAZINE HCL 111 48 R 49 54
TRAZODONE HCL 111 80 49 29
PLAVIX 110 86 51 49
BENAZEPRIL HCL 106 90 52 61
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 104 80 53 70
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 99 90 54 46
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 99 97 54 57
GLIPIZIDE ER 96 85 56 106
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 91 74 57 111
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 91 65 57 97
SPIRIVA 91 66 57 64
MECLIZINE HCL 86 74 60 80
CEFUROXIME 86 72 60 133
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 86 74 60 59
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 75 60 38
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 85 83 64 194
AMOXICILLIN 82 77 65 89
HYDRALAZINE HCL 81 64 66 74
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 75 41 R 67 39
PAROXETINE HCL 73 42 68 63
CRESTOR 73 59 68 30
NAMENDA 73 73 68 43
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 70 51 71 123
LEVOFLOXACIN 69 49 72 73
ESTRADIOL 68 51 R 73 114
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 68 68 73 205
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 65 51 S3 75 127
DIOVAN 64 62 76 67
CEPHALEXIN 63 50 77 90
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 63 39 77 60
PROPRANOLOL HCL 62 62 79 135
ROPINIROLE HCL 62 44 79 82
GLIPIZIDE XL 62 55 79 138
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 31 82 51
IBUPROFEN 61 32 82 94
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 61 61 82 136
BUSPIRONE HCL 60 30 85 110
GEMFIBROZIL 60 60 85 105
FLUCONAZOLE 60 41 85 102
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 59 48 88 147
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 57 56 89 189
QUINAPRIL HCL 53 41 90 117
COMBIVENT 53 41 90 193
SYNTHROID 52 52 92 91
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 50 39 93 116
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 34 93 40
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.