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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,286Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 155 out of 1000

$633K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 175 out of 1000

547 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
71%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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 547 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 547 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 10,549 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

$44 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
OMEPRAZOLE 569 417 1 2
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 551 371 S3 2 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 463 343 3 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 452 352 4 6
GABAPENTIN 375 239 5 11
FUROSEMIDE 363 296 6 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 326 266 7 4
METFORMIN HCL 288 183 8 8
TRAMADOL HCL 281 185 9 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 262 152 10 12
CARVEDILOL 247 177 11 15
MELOXICAM 239 186 12 14
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 204 128 13 58
SIMVASTATIN 195 151 14 3
NEXIUM 190 111 15 23
RANITIDINE HCL 186 130 16 37
TAMSULOSIN HCL 185 157 17 33
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 170 146 18 19
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 165 145 19 10
LISINOPRIL 157 98 20 5
WARFARIN SODIUM 145 119 21 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 144 111 22 34
CRESTOR 137 94 23 30
NAMENDA 136 124 24 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 128 86 25 16
MIRTAZAPINE 120 116 26 56
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 113 72 27 28
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 110 110 28 21
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 109 104 29 75
CLONIDINE HCL 107 79 30 27
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 105 99 31 48
CITALOPRAM HBR 101 59 32 17
ATENOLOL 98 81 33 24
VERAPAMIL ER 97 84 34 86
CEPHALEXIN 92 81 35 90
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 92 37 R 35 45
ALLOPURINOL 89 72 37 31
FLUOXETINE HCL 85 29 38 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 82 71 39 18
FENTANYL 81 71 S2 40 100
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 80 57 41 40
DONEPEZIL HCL 79 63 42 32
CLOPIDOGREL 75 68 43 35
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 74 52 44 125
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 72 68 45 71
JANUVIA 71 43 46 85
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 68 39 47 115
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 67 61 48 60
LYRICA 64 40 49 47
SERTRALINE HCL 64 63 49 26
LACTULOSE 63 47 51 162
ADVAIR DISKUS 62 37 52 65
PROAIR HFA 62 44 52 50
MECLIZINE HCL 62 41 52 80
BENAZEPRIL HCL 60 56 55 61
HYDRALAZINE HCL 59 54 56 74
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 58 44 57 111
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 58 39 57 70
SPIRONOLACTONE 58 46 57 78
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 58 37 57 25
GLIPIZIDE 57 57 61 62
LEVOFLOXACIN 56 46 62 73
ESTRADIOL 56 21 R 62 114
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 55 55 64 57
PLAVIX 54 47 65 49
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 54 42 65 113
BUSPIRONE HCL 53 34 67 110
KLOR-CON 10 52 29 68 104
CEFUROXIME 51 36 69 133
VENTOLIN HFA 50 36 70 83
LEVEMIR 50 15 70 179
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. 31, 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.