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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,494Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 129 out of 1000

$636K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 174 out of 1000

802 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
26% 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

5% of this provider’s 802 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 802 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 12,254 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 696 571 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 687 486 S3 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 635 530 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 457 420 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 448 415 5 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 436 336 6 12
LISINOPRIL 396 294 7 5
GLIMEPIRIDE 290 220 8 34
FUROSEMIDE 278 233 9 7
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 236 190 10 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 232 210 11 19
MELOXICAM 226 159 12 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 213 145 13 17
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 201 183 14 21
SERTRALINE HCL 193 129 15 26
NEXIUM 188 149 16 23
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 185 169 17 28
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 181 170 18 48
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 180 167 19 25
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 178 159 20 20
AMOXICILLIN 169 135 21 89
CLOPIDOGREL 166 114 22 35
AZITHROMYCIN 166 123 22 36
WARFARIN SODIUM 159 147 24 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 146 25 9
KLOR-CON M20 151 115 26 66
METFORMIN HCL 147 122 27 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 146 137 28 10
CLONIDINE HCL 143 116 29 27
CARVEDILOL 132 108 30 15
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 124 96 31 16
SYNTHROID 124 96 31 91
TRAMADOL HCL 122 71 33 13
METFORMIN HCL ER 114 86 34 44
GABAPENTIN 114 99 34 11
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 90 34 38
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 112 88 37 46
CEPHALEXIN 109 77 38 90
CRESTOR 106 94 39 30
PREDNISONE 105 87 40 42
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 100 96 41 59
CEFDINIR 94 65 42 122
DIOVAN 90 69 43 67
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 82 78 44 57
TRAZODONE HCL 81 56 45 29
GLIPIZIDE 79 69 46 62
LEVOFLOXACIN 77 56 47 73
CYMBALTA 77 60 47 53
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 77 58 47 103
FLUOXETINE HCL 76 54 50 51
DIGOXIN 75 67 51 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 71 71 52 32
ROPINIROLE HCL 70 56 53 82
PROMETHAZINE HCL 70 25 R 53 54
RAMIPRIL 68 62 55 77
SPIRONOLACTONE 67 57 56 78
ATENOLOL 66 62 57 24
FENOFIBRATE 65 64 58 55
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 65 56 R 58 45
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 64 44 60 70
METHOCARBAMOL 64 39 R 60 79
ESTRADIOL 63 26 R 62 114
PAROXETINE HCL 61 51 63 63
NABUMETONE 61 54 63 169
QUINAPRIL HCL 60 60 65 117
LYRICA 59 35 66 47
PREMARIN 57 44 R 67 109
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 57 47 67 194
LOVASTATIN 56 45 69 41
PLAVIX 56 36 69 49
MUPIROCIN 55 39 71 140
BYSTOLIC 55 41 71 126
ALLOPURINOL 52 51 73 31
SPIRIVA 50 43 74 64
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.