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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,475Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 32 out of 1000

$1.02M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 46 out of 1000

676 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
84%Patients 65 Years and Older
55% 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

7% of this provider’s 676 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

26% of this provider’s 676 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 20,066 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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 1,084 998 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 855 602 S3 2 1
OMEPRAZOLE 741 676 3 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 701 634 4 10
GABAPENTIN 671 540 5 11
SIMVASTATIN 630 569 6 3
LISINOPRIL 511 430 7 5
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 502 434 8 19
FUROSEMIDE 415 381 9 7
METFORMIN HCL 414 294 10 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 411 300 11 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 400 363 12 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 362 353 13 22
TRAMADOL HCL 304 258 14 13
MELOXICAM 288 239 15 14
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 288 256 15 187
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 288 269 15 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 285 231 18 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 284 237 19 21
SERTRALINE HCL 272 204 20 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 262 214 21 28
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 252 224 22 40
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 246 213 23 46
LEVOFLOXACIN 208 187 24 73
AZITHROMYCIN 207 173 25 36
TORSEMIDE 201 201 26 137
DONEPEZIL HCL 200 187 27 32
CLOPIDOGREL 196 175 28 35
DIGOXIN 196 196 28 52
GLIMEPIRIDE 185 160 30 34
ATENOLOL 180 159 31 24
PREDNISONE 180 156 31 42
NAMENDA 176 168 33 43
NEXIUM 173 156 34 23
ALLOPURINOL 172 145 35 31
TRAZODONE HCL 166 154 36 29
RANITIDINE HCL 163 129 37 37
GLYBURIDE 160 128 R 38 92
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 156 138 39 48
SYNTHROID 156 148 39 91
TERAZOSIN HCL 147 124 41 150
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 147 112 41 116
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 144 121 43 69
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 139 112 44 12
CARVEDILOL 134 134 45 15
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 133 117 46 113
PLAVIX 133 120 46 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 124 87 48 16
CRESTOR 120 84 49 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 100 49 9
AMOXICILLIN 118 106 51 89
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 118 101 51 58
ADVAIR DISKUS 116 83 53 65
RAMIPRIL 112 101 54 77
CLONIDINE HCL 108 96 55 27
DILTIAZEM ER 106 92 56 146
PAROXETINE HCL 106 87 56 63
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 103 93 58 75
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 101 101 59 71
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 85 59 20
LYRICA 99 79 61 47
CYMBALTA 98 68 62 53
LANTUS 98 80 62 68
DIOVAN 98 98 62 67
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 96 77 65 18
CARAFATE 94 94 66 244
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 92 80 67 99
PENTOXIFYLLINE 90 80 68 239
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 89 75 69 38
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 88 65 70 97
TIZANIDINE HCL 85 37 71 76
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 84 67 72 159
ROPINIROLE HCL 79 67 73 82
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 31 74 51
FLUCONAZOLE 75 53 74 102
METHOCARBAMOL 73 65 R 76 79
LANOXIN 71 71 77 361
CEPHALEXIN 71 61 77 90
NITROFURANTOIN 69 62 79 199
VENTOLIN HFA 69 46 79 83
NOVOLIN 70-30 68 57 81 160
CELEBREX 65 49 82 98
INSULIN SYRINGE 65 51 82 93
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 62 35 R 84 39
NAPROXEN 62 50 84 81
PROAIR HFA 62 33 84 50
LEVOTHROID 61 54 87 342
CALCITONIN-SALMON 60 60 88 285
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 59 42 89 125
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 59 59 R 89 45
QUINAPRIL HCL 58 56 91 117
MIRTAZAPINE 58 56 91 56
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 56 56 93 59
MECLIZINE HCL 54 53 94 80
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 54 54 94 145
HALOPERIDOL 53 53 96 211
RISPERIDONE 52 52 97 87
FENOFIBRATE 51 39 98 55
FENTANYL 51 51 S2 98 100
SPIRIVA 51 48 98 64
ETODOLAC 50 45 101 152
SINGULAIR 50 37 101 84
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 June 3, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.