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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,529Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 300

$943K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 300

548 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
54%Patients 65 Years and Older
60% 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

19% of this provider’s 548 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

44% of this provider’s 548 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 21%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 10,364 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $75 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

36 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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 1,783 763 S3 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 513 364 2 4
ATENOLOL 510 334 3 27
OMEPRAZOLE 484 260 4 2
LISINOPRIL 436 217 5 7
CARISOPRODOL 417 95 R 6 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 403 255 7 20
GABAPENTIN 403 169 7 6
FUROSEMIDE 377 230 9 5
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 356 187 10 17
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 356 161 10 16
MELOXICAM 349 148 12 14
SIMVASTATIN 324 197 13 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 284 148 14 12
FLUOXETINE HCL 272 107 15 81
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 251 167 16 119
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 249 127 17 47
NEXIUM 243 109 18 44
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 242 179 19 21
OXYCODONE HCL 234 47 S2 20 22
LOVASTATIN 223 148 21 85
METFORMIN HCL 210 107 22 24
PROMETHAZINE HCL 205 72 R 23 58
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 195 122 24 15
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 190 108 25 29
TRAZODONE HCL 184 85 26 51
TRAMADOL HCL 179 108 27 11
PROAIR HFA 177 70 28 80
METFORMIN HCL ER 166 90 29 100
ENDOCET 162 48 S2 30 60
WARFARIN SODIUM 155 105 31 23
SERTRALINE HCL 152 76 32 40
CLOPIDOGREL 150 113 33 18
AZITHROMYCIN 148 72 34 71
MIRTAZAPINE 143 95 35 107
CLONIDINE HCL 136 76 36 39
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 133 75 37 102
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 130 72 38 13
DONEPEZIL HCL 130 100 38 33
LEVOFLOXACIN 123 58 40 129
KLOR-CON 10 122 74 41 130
OXYCONTIN 121 58 S2 42 37
RANITIDINE HCL 118 64 43 63
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 87 44 9
CARVEDILOL 114 84 45 8
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 114 83 45 76
PLAVIX 111 86 47 32
GLYBURIDE 110 92 R 48 141
CRESTOR 109 45 49 49
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 108 42 S2 50 48
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 106 85 51 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 104 91 52 45
VENTOLIN HFA 100 40 53 125
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 91 47 R 54 35
CITALOPRAM HBR 89 27 55 46
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 88 40 S2 56 19
METHADONE HCL 86 30 S2 57 25
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 82 57 58 228
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 81 45 59 163
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 78 58 R 60 43
TIZANIDINE HCL 76 21 61 10
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 30 61 34
AMOXICILLIN 75 36 63 153
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 75 41 63 325
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 73 36 R 65 173
FENOFIBRATE 71 35 66 73
PAROXETINE HCL 68 48 67 103
PREMARIN 67 16 R 68 83
BENAZEPRIL HCL 67 50 68 122
PREDNISONE 66 48 70 50
ADVAIR DISKUS 65 17 71 75
SPIRIVA 65 33 71 53
METHOCARBAMOL 64 13 R 73 70
ALLOPURINOL 63 35 74 64
TOPIRAMATE 63 0 74 59
CYMBALTA 63 11 74 54
FLUCONAZOLE 59 25 77 137
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 59 27 77 182
ZETIA 58 30 79 151
KLOR-CON M20 57 23 80 87
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 57 45 80 56
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 23 80 155
NIASPAN 56 26 83 158
IBUPROFEN 56 30 83 142
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 54 31 85 150
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 15 85 111
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 54 29 85 41
LABETALOL HCL 53 11 88 172
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 52 34 89 121
KLOR-CON 8 51 31 90 231
RISPERIDONE 51 18 90 113
LANSOPRAZOLE 51 33 90 253
HUMULIN 70-30 50 12 93 259
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. 25, 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.