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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,900Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 56 out of 1000

$824K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 97 out of 1000

709 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
52%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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

9% of this provider’s 709 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 709 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 12,010 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

29 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,119 412 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 896 473 2 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 691 456 3 6
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 668 454 4 12
METFORMIN HCL ER 626 347 5 44
LISINOPRIL 619 326 6 5
FUROSEMIDE 592 476 7 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 478 324 8 10
GABAPENTIN 476 323 9 11
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 452 358 10 4
CARVEDILOL 426 267 11 15
MELOXICAM 342 196 12 14
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 317 128 13 16
ATENOLOL 305 227 14 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 304 144 15 21
TRAMADOL HCL 279 170 16 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 278 199 17 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 269 156 18 9
HYDRALAZINE HCL 265 137 19 74
SIMVASTATIN 252 133 20 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 251 138 21 17
KLOR-CON M20 250 176 22 66
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 224 177 23 25
NEXIUM 212 140 24 23
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 210 95 R 25 45
PREDNISONE 202 126 26 42
WARFARIN SODIUM 196 120 27 22
GLIMEPIRIDE 191 136 28 34
SERTRALINE HCL 188 137 29 26
KLOR-CON 10 187 143 30 104
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 176 70 31 20
ALLOPURINOL 167 137 32 31
CEPHALEXIN 162 68 33 90
CARISOPRODOL 161 14 R 34 72
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 161 111 34 28
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 88 36 38
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 143 117 37 18
GLIPIZIDE ER 139 76 38 106
JANUVIA 136 84 39 85
CLOPIDOGREL 135 108 40 35
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 130 61 41 70
AMOXICILLIN 125 61 42 89
VERAPAMIL ER 125 66 42 86
TIZANIDINE HCL 124 33 44 76
CLONIDINE HCL 124 43 44 27
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 122 84 46 46
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 115 88 47 59
CRESTOR 114 56 48 30
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 112 35 49 60
INSULIN SYRINGE 112 72 49 93
TRAZODONE HCL 103 63 51 29
LEVOFLOXACIN 102 64 52 73
BUPROPION XL 98 24 53 207
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 96 56 54 19
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 94 34 S2 55 138
FENOFIBRATE 92 59 56 55
DONEPEZIL HCL 92 91 56 32
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 91 53 58 69
LANTUS 90 53 59 68
MECLIZINE HCL 87 58 60 80
FLUCONAZOLE 85 37 61 102
LYRICA 85 21 61 47
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 52 63 71
PLAVIX 79 64 64 49
PROAIR HFA 79 19 64 50
ROPINIROLE HCL 78 45 66 82
METFORMIN HCL 77 49 67 8
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 77 17 67 40
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 76 46 69 115
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 76 36 69 75
HUMULIN 70-30 74 50 71 131
METHOCARBAMOL 69 48 R 72 79
GEMFIBROZIL 69 55 72 105
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 68 26 R 74 39
SPIRIVA 68 14 74 64
ESTRADIOL 66 43 R 76 114
ENDOCET 63 35 S2 77 107
IBUPROFEN 61 14 78 94
DIGOXIN 58 36 79 52
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 58 38 79 48
AZITHROMYCIN 56 28 81 36
ADVAIR DISKUS 55 28 82 65
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 55 35 82 123
NAMENDA 55 55 82 43
PAROXETINE HCL 54 17 85 63
NASONEX 51 20 86 240
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 30, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.