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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,742Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 66 out of 1000

$855K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 88 out of 1000

956 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
44% 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

1% of this provider’s 956 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

13% of this provider’s 956 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 14,742 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

$43 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 887 752 1 4
SIMVASTATIN 800 626 2 3
METFORMIN HCL 656 474 3 8
OMEPRAZOLE 624 438 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 584 474 5 6
FUROSEMIDE 475 358 6 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 472 354 7 12
LISINOPRIL 441 318 8 5
CLONIDINE HCL 298 206 9 27
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 293 232 10 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 292 233 11 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 291 234 12 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 269 225 13 18
ALLOPURINOL 269 242 13 31
CARVEDILOL 262 177 15 15
NEXIUM 261 138 16 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 259 179 17 22
CITALOPRAM HBR 246 180 18 17
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 234 195 19 38
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 233 186 20 48
GLIPIZIDE 230 184 21 62
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 225 139 22 58
RANITIDINE HCL 221 140 23 37
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 207 133 24 9
TRAMADOL HCL 205 151 25 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 198 132 26 28
ATENOLOL 196 153 27 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 190 153 28 21
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 189 115 29 116
PREDNISONE 187 152 30 42
MELOXICAM 181 137 31 14
TAMSULOSIN HCL 170 150 32 33
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 168 128 33 25
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 167 109 R 34 121
GLIPIZIDE ER 167 162 34 106
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 148 110 S3 36 1
LYRICA 148 108 36 47
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 146 121 38 46
GABAPENTIN 145 87 39 11
SERTRALINE HCL 143 84 40 26
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 138 109 41 70
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 135 118 42 59
TRAZODONE HCL 135 78 42 29
CRESTOR 126 97 44 30
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 123 87 45 71
ADVAIR DISKUS 122 94 46 65
AZITHROMYCIN 112 83 47 36
CLOPIDOGREL 110 70 48 35
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 107 83 49 101
MECLIZINE HCL 106 106 50 80
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 105 105 51 57
DILTIAZEM HCL 102 93 52 230
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 99 78 53 16
KLOR-CON 10 98 72 54 104
DIOVAN HCT 98 71 54 96
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 97 70 56 69
LANTUS 97 87 56 68
PAROXETINE HCL 94 82 58 63
GLYBURIDE 92 61 R 59 92
SPIRIVA 89 73 60 64
DONEPEZIL HCL 87 87 61 32
PEN NEEDLE 85 61 62 165
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 84 61 63 60
SYNTHROID 82 72 64 91
BENAZEPRIL HCL 81 71 65 61
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 80 66 S3 66 127
HYDROXYZINE HCL 79 47 R 67 153
PLAVIX 79 52 67 49
VERAPAMIL ER 78 60 69 86
CYMBALTA 74 50 70 53
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 73 53 R 71 45
PREMARIN 70 57 R 72 109
HYDRALAZINE HCL 69 52 73 74
HUMULIN 70-30 67 41 74 131
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 66 37 75 136
PROAIR HFA 66 26 75 50
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 39 77 75
ENALAPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 57 78 247
FLUOXETINE HCL 62 14 79 51
AMOXICILLIN 58 41 80 89
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 42 81 175
DIOVAN 56 50 82 67
INSULIN SYRINGE 55 44 83 93
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 54 38 84 205
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 53 31 85 206
LOVASTATIN 53 36 85 41
KLOR-CON M20 52 38 87 66
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 27, 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.