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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,913Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 121 out of 1000

$637K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 173 out of 1000

671 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
81% 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

8% of this provider’s 671 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 671 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 13,238 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$40 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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 741 590 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 648 567 2 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 515 463 3 4
LISINOPRIL 449 368 4 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 403 340 5 17
OMEPRAZOLE 390 334 6 2
SIMVASTATIN 364 323 7 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 350 305 8 6
GABAPENTIN 329 238 9 11
MIRTAZAPINE 328 308 10 56
TRAMADOL HCL 317 236 11 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 313 281 12 10
PREDNISONE 283 232 13 42
MELOXICAM 221 179 14 14
JANTOVEN 220 189 15 292
METFORMIN HCL 219 167 16 8
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 213 198 17 75
TRAZODONE HCL 205 164 18 29
ATENOLOL 195 163 19 24
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 177 147 20 99
CARVEDILOL 169 155 21 15
LACTULOSE 165 110 22 162
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 153 124 23 9
EXELON 149 149 24 108
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 148 148 25 113
NAMENDA 147 147 26 43
SERTRALINE HCL 143 115 27 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 143 140 27 32
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 140 125 29 19
CEFTRIAXONE 134 113 30 213
CLONIDINE HCL 125 93 31 27
LANTUS 124 99 32 68
AZITHROMYCIN 122 98 33 36
TAMSULOSIN HCL 117 98 34 33
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 101 35 21
LIDOCAINE HCL 107 85 36 236
FENTANYL 102 93 S2 37 100
WARFARIN SODIUM 101 84 38 22
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 99 99 39 57
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 98 83 40 70
CLOPIDOGREL 97 89 41 35
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 96 93 42 145
DIGOXIN 94 91 43 52
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 91 76 44 28
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 91 91 44 71
ONDANSETRON HCL 89 85 46 204
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 86 83 47 25
TAMIFLU 86 79 47 277
LEVETIRACETAM 86 73 47 128
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 85 53 R 50 39
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 85 76 50 20
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 83 55 52 12
SEROQUEL 82 72 53 157
CEPHALEXIN 82 58 53 90
ALLOPURINOL 80 79 55 31
LEVOFLOXACIN 78 71 56 73
METFORMIN HCL ER 77 60 57 44
PLAVIX 76 69 58 49
HUMULIN R 75 69 59 215
NEXIUM 72 55 60 23
KLOR-CON 10 66 65 61 104
MECLIZINE HCL 65 62 62 80
NOVOLIN 70-30 64 55 63 160
PROMETHAZINE HCL 63 33 R 64 54
PAROXETINE HCL 62 58 65 63
DILTIAZEM ER 61 61 66 146
DIOVAN 60 49 67 67
PACERONE 60 60 67 413
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 59 37 S2 69 202
NYSTATIN 57 47 70 182
SODIUM CHLORIDE 55 0 71 369
NOVOLIN R 55 36 71 185
CYMBALTA 55 39 71 53
METOLAZONE 54 53 74 167
ADVAIR DISKUS 54 33 74 65
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53 22 76 16
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 52 45 77 191
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 52 77 116
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. 9, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.