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Prescriber Checkup

BRUCE RUSSELL MD

385 BRYAN RD STE 100 COMMUNITY PROFESSIONAL BUILDING

Sumiton | Alabama | 35148

(205) 648-6637

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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28,561Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 51

$1.38M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 6 out of 51

473 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
67%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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

14% of this provider’s 473 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

54% of this provider’s 473 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 27%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 18,939 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

60 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 2,416 1,429 S3 1 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 804 626 2 8
FUROSEMIDE 729 547 3 2
OMEPRAZOLE 627 405 4 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 587 471 5 6
NEXIUM 568 400 6 24
SIMVASTATIN 486 355 7 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 402 318 8 14
CEPHALEXIN 401 288 9 67
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 384 221 10 22
TRAMADOL HCL 384 281 10 10
NAMENDA 347 322 12 16
GABAPENTIN 334 165 13 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 319 255 14 11
ENDOCET 303 118 S2 15 150
METFORMIN HCL 290 173 16 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 287 252 17 5
RANITIDINE HCL 278 144 18 28
MIRTAZAPINE 270 172 19 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 268 207 20 38
CARVEDILOL 258 228 21 13
GLYBURIDE 258 172 R 21 119
DONEPEZIL HCL 231 213 23 17
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 231 158 23 39
CITALOPRAM HBR 230 201 25 18
TIZANIDINE HCL 228 108 26 102
LYRICA 226 156 27 54
CLOPIDOGREL 219 128 28 41
PAROXETINE HCL 218 107 29 69
BENAZEPRIL HCL 214 174 30 109
BUSPIRONE HCL 208 139 31 77
LOVASTATIN 204 104 32 123
SERTRALINE HCL 202 153 33 32
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 197 174 34 34
PROAIR HFA 191 89 35 63
PROMETHAZINE HCL 189 112 R 36 56
LISINOPRIL 188 143 37 7
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 186 140 38 25
ETODOLAC 182 75 39 211
MELOXICAM 175 86 40 20
DIGOXIN 175 159 40 42
TRAZODONE HCL 169 92 42 23
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 160 90 43 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 158 108 44 36
RISPERIDONE 157 110 45 27
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 150 98 46 80
AZITHROMYCIN 149 86 47 47
METHOCARBAMOL 147 81 R 48 98
PLAVIX 144 88 49 58
CLONIDINE HCL 138 67 50 26
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 138 105 50 48
SPIRONOLACTONE 138 116 50 68
LACTULOSE 138 80 50 121
MUPIROCIN 136 94 54 141
METFORMIN HCL ER 133 64 55 135
ATENOLOL 131 62 56 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 129 104 57 19
RAMIPRIL 128 91 58 73
FAMOTIDINE 127 83 59 55
LEVOFLOXACIN 125 71 60 85
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 123 80 61 64
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 122 113 62 30
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 119 93 R 63 91
PREMARIN 119 64 R 63 149
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 117 86 65 57
CEFUROXIME 114 83 66 210
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 112 64 67 44
SUCRALFATE 111 83 68 82
LEVETIRACETAM 110 65 69 61
OXYCODONE HCL 108 39 S2 70 110
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 108 73 70 79
BUMETANIDE 108 74 70 127
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 107 36 R 73 53
HYDROXYZINE HCL 106 65 R 74 99
SPIRIVA 105 67 75 87
MECLIZINE HCL 102 67 76 103
SEROQUEL 101 83 77 86
SINGULAIR 99 61 78 95
DICYCLOMINE HCL 98 59 79 177
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 97 92 80 74
ESTRADIOL 96 38 R 81 215
OLANZAPINE 95 63 82 92
LANTUS 94 64 83 31
INSULIN SYRINGE 94 33 83 134
CHLORZOXAZONE 94 46 R 83 260
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 94 63 83 84
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 91 52 87 156
DETROL LA 87 86 88 125
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 87 48 R 88 49
FLUOXETINE HCL 87 30 88 60
DOXEPIN HCL 86 73 91 208
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 84 54 92 90
IBUPROFEN 84 26 92 93
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 82 52 S3 94 96
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 61 95 72
CEFDINIR 81 31 95 263
AMIODARONE HCL 80 74 97 124
VENTOLIN HFA 80 54 97 171
HUMULIN R 80 69 97 112
FENTANYL 79 31 S2 100 65
CYMBALTA 76 29 101 37
HYDRALAZINE HCL 74 47 102 52
TOPIRAMATE 72 31 103 166
LEXAPRO 72 51 103 117
EXELON 71 71 105 50
TRICOR 71 48 105 167
NAPROXEN 71 27 105 120
HALOPERIDOL 70 48 108 105
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 38 109 75
HUMALOG 67 49 109 190
NYSTATIN 67 48 109 107
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 65 27 112 140
TORSEMIDE 65 29 112 132
CLEMASTINE FUMARATE 65 31 R 112 239
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 64 43 115 62
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 64 37 115 283
FLUCONAZOLE 63 45 117 128
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 63 43 117 146
CRESTOR 62 53 119 46
HUMULIN 70-30 60 27 120 104
ACTOS 60 38 120 138
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 60 44 S2 120 218
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 59 39 R 123 253
NOVOLOG 59 46 123 151
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 59 58 123 97
FINASTERIDE 59 55 123 175
AGGRENOX 58 32 127 165
BACLOFEN 57 20 128 113
ALLOPURINOL 56 19 129 43
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 56 22 S2 129 256
SYNTHROID 56 28 129 200
LIDODERM 54 40 132 163
GEMFIBROZIL 54 44 132 126
AVODART 53 40 134 173
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 53 45 134 29
GLIPIZIDE ER 52 42 136 122
CELEBREX 52 40 136 129
LEVEMIR 51 41 138 111
ABILIFY 50 50 139 101
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 50 30 139 230
AMOXICILLIN 50 33 139 157
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 Nov. 24, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.