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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,745Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 109 out of 1000

$697K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 143 out of 1000

642 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
50%Patients 65 Years and Older
77% 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 642 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 642 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 9,322 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 1,003 500 1 38
FUROSEMIDE 700 480 2 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 681 331 S3 3 1
OMEPRAZOLE 669 333 4 2
CARVEDILOL 555 270 5 15
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 480 349 6 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 456 305 7 10
SIMVASTATIN 411 243 8 3
METFORMIN HCL 408 223 9 8
MELOXICAM 359 177 10 14
GLYBURIDE MICRONIZED 324 184 R 10 11 261
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 249 134 12 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 246 97 13 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 240 129 14 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 237 161 15 22
AZITHROMYCIN 236 99 16 36
TRAMADOL HCL 232 53 17 13
DIGOXIN 228 161 18 52
LISINOPRIL 227 134 19 5
SERTRALINE HCL 204 118 20 26
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 190 91 21 9
GABAPENTIN 176 99 22 11
TAMSULOSIN HCL 143 98 23 33
ACTOS 139 98 24 119
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 138 96 25 46
CLONIDINE HCL 136 48 26 27
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 134 54 27 20
SINGULAIR 134 60 27 84
COLCRYS 133 72 29 171
FENTANYL 122 78 S2 30 100
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 120 75 31 60
LANTUS 112 72 32 68
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 98 42 33 132
GLYBURIDE 96 85 R 34 92
ATENOLOL 91 59 35 24
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 88 13 S3 36 127
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 86 53 37 136
ALLOPURINOL 82 53 38 31
GLIPIZIDE 81 26 39 62
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 79 38 40 115
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 77 35 41 18
HYDRALAZINE HCL 76 31 42 74
PROAIR HFA 76 16 42 50
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 75 35 44 40
INSULIN SYRINGE 74 23 45 93
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 73 61 46 28
NOVOLIN R 72 60 47 185
PROMETHAZINE HCL 71 15 R 48 54
GEMFIBROZIL 69 49 49 105
NAPROXEN 67 23 50 81
PREDNISONE 66 17 51 42
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 63 25 52 173
DIOVAN 62 42 53 67
NAMENDA 61 60 54 43
TRAZODONE HCL 60 28 55 29
LYRICA 58 28 56 47
DIOVAN HCT 58 29 56 96
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 58 34 56 16
AMOXICILLIN 58 31 56 89
CLOPIDOGREL 57 36 60 35
FLUCONAZOLE 57 27 60 102
FAMOTIDINE 57 28 60 88
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 57 27 R 60 39
MIRTAZAPINE 55 20 64 56
HUMULIN R 55 22 64 215
LABETALOL HCL 55 31 64 258
NEXIUM 54 34 67 23
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 54 49 67 313
MUPIROCIN 53 25 69 140
CARISOPRODOL COMPOUND-CODEINE 52 52 S3 R 10 70 439
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 52 39 70 189
METOLAZONE 51 36 72 167
RISPERIDONE 51 0 72 87
PENTOXIFYLLINE 50 32 74 239
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 Oct. 19, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.