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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,346Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 50 out of 1000

$1.24M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 1000

769 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

7% of this provider’s 769 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 769 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 17,637 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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 725 617 1 4
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 718 641 2 20
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 699 487 S3 3 1
METFORMIN HCL ER 591 440 4 44
OMEPRAZOLE 566 474 5 2
LISINOPRIL 565 438 6 5
SIMVASTATIN 539 491 7 3
GABAPENTIN 532 405 8 11
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 487 348 9 16
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 482 459 10 6
FUROSEMIDE 453 396 11 7
MELOXICAM 415 347 12 14
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 388 307 13 18
GLIMEPIRIDE 384 297 14 34
CRESTOR 353 270 15 30
CITALOPRAM HBR 328 285 16 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 305 290 17 38
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 289 259 18 12
CARVEDILOL 276 267 19 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 275 248 20 21
FENOFIBRATE 274 235 21 55
NEXIUM 271 228 22 23
DIOVAN HCT 267 238 23 96
TRAMADOL HCL 261 216 24 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 253 228 25 22
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 239 196 26 97
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 194 99 S2 27 143
CYMBALTA 194 162 27 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 182 146 29 33
ATENOLOL 176 160 30 24
BYSTOLIC 171 151 31 126
RAMIPRIL 165 164 32 77
FLUOXETINE HCL 163 99 33 51
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 163 141 33 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 153 131 35 25
ALLOPURINOL 151 128 36 31
SYNTHROID 144 139 37 91
METFORMIN HCL 134 125 38 8
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 134 100 38 28
TRAZODONE HCL 128 94 40 29
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 127 93 41 147
NIASPAN 122 117 42 172
OLANZAPINE 122 94 42 188
DIGOXIN 122 120 42 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 119 103 45 32
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 119 92 45 60
NAMENDA 113 113 47 43
METHOCARBAMOL 112 67 R 48 79
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 100 91 49 59
CLOPIDOGREL 100 91 49 35
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 95 81 51 9
COUMADIN 94 82 52 237
ZETIA 91 74 53 95
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 76 54 69
PROMETHAZINE HCL 87 55 R 55 54
OXYCONTIN 85 75 S2 56 166
DEXILANT 82 68 57 248
EVISTA 81 81 58 168
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 79 61 59 19
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 79 43 59 75
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 78 52 61 70
CELEBREX 77 62 62 98
MECLIZINE HCL 74 72 63 80
BENICAR HCT 73 67 64 262
SPIRIVA 73 65 64 64
WELCHOL 73 65 64 265
PLAVIX 72 71 67 49
ETODOLAC 72 51 67 152
LIPITOR 70 63 69 170
DIOVAN 69 51 70 67
JANUMET 68 53 71 195
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 68 58 71 191
PROAIR HFA 67 62 73 50
LANSOPRAZOLE 66 45 74 190
KLOR-CON 10 65 65 75 104
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 64 57 76 125
SINGULAIR 63 60 77 84
VENTOLIN HFA 63 47 77 83
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 62 61 79 57
PEN NEEDLE 60 36 80 165
ROPINIROLE HCL 59 37 81 82
AZITHROMYCIN 59 42 81 36
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 58 45 83 120
JANUVIA 57 57 84 85
FLUCONAZOLE 57 39 84 102
DICYCLOMINE HCL 56 46 86 197
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 56 86 71
SPIRONOLACTONE 55 48 88 78
LEVOFLOXACIN 53 47 89 73
VESICARE 52 41 90 200
OXYCODONE HCL 52 52 S2 90 118
PREDNISONE 52 44 90 42
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51 45 93 74
LYRICA 50 27 94 47
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 Jan. 15, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.