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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,958Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 120 out of 1000

$812K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 101 out of 1000

381 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
57%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 381 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 381 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 9,273 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 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 683 425 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 568 297 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 515 290 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 507 309 4 7
LISINOPRIL 417 283 5 5
METFORMIN HCL 346 174 6 8
MELOXICAM 303 191 7 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 294 161 8 4
GABAPENTIN 282 198 9 11
TRAMADOL HCL 240 109 10 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 235 95 11 28
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 211 180 12 6
NEXIUM 203 116 13 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 200 101 14 10
SPIRONOLACTONE 192 145 15 78
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 190 132 16 19
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 179 85 17 101
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 164 114 18 9
DIGOXIN 159 134 19 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 158 149 20 32
TAMSULOSIN HCL 152 102 21 33
RANITIDINE HCL 151 79 22 37
LANTUS 129 77 23 68
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 120 51 24 48
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 114 61 25 186
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 110 37 26 113
METHOCARBAMOL 109 27 R 27 79
SERTRALINE HCL 109 73 27 26
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 106 75 29 75
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 105 70 30 21
SUCRALFATE 105 69 30 144
PREDNISONE 104 27 32 42
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 102 92 33 71
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 102 47 33 99
LYRICA 102 53 33 47
AMOXICILLIN 101 58 36 89
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 100 56 R 37 45
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 100 74 37 251
KETOCONAZOLE 99 25 39 219
CITALOPRAM HBR 99 33 39 17
PROPRANOLOL HCL 98 47 41 135
PROMETHAZINE HCL 97 61 R 42 54
SEROQUEL XR 97 70 42 238
CLONIDINE HCL 95 53 44 27
NAPROXEN 92 39 45 81
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 90 42 46 12
NOVOLOG 88 58 47 156
SYMBICORT 88 57 47 149
INSULIN SYRINGE 86 50 49 93
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 86 71 49 124
WARFARIN SODIUM 84 79 51 22
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 84 11 R 51 180
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 82 38 53 69
CEPHALEXIN 81 42 54 90
IBUPROFEN 77 23 55 94
CLOPIDOGREL 77 60 55 35
LACTULOSE 76 45 57 162
LEVETIRACETAM 75 12 58 128
RISPERIDONE 74 24 59 87
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 74 39 59 115
ALLOPURINOL 73 70 61 31
BETAMETHASONE VALERATE 73 54 61 307
CYMBALTA 73 34 61 53
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 71 34 64 16
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 71 49 64 136
BUSPIRONE HCL 70 48 66 110
TIZANIDINE HCL 70 29 66 76
MUPIROCIN 69 19 68 140
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 68 51 69 145
VESICARE 67 34 70 200
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 67 45 70 103
CARVEDILOL 66 34 72 15
MIRTAZAPINE 66 45 72 56
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 65 65 R 74 121
TRAZODONE HCL 65 0 74 29
NAMENDA 65 65 74 43
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 65 46 74 70
ABILIFY 65 50 74 198
FAMOTIDINE 63 34 79 88
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 62 28 80 157
SPIRIVA 61 47 81 64
CELEBREX 60 45 82 98
PLAVIX 58 49 83 49
GEMFIBROZIL 58 23 83 105
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 56 51 85 25
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 56 41 85 226
ROPINIROLE HCL 56 32 85 82
TOPIRAMATE 54 20 88 181
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 53 28 R 89 39
LAMOTRIGINE 52 14 90 235
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 51 28 91 58
SEROQUEL 50 43 92 157
ATENOLOL 50 35 92 24
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 Aug. 27, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.