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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,998Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 117 out of 1000

$878K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 81 out of 1000

736 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
68%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

15% of this provider’s 736 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 736 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 10,049 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

$55 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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 889 437 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 472 352 2 4
METFORMIN HCL 434 276 3 8
OMEPRAZOLE 393 226 4 2
SIMVASTATIN 386 301 5 3
LISINOPRIL 361 255 6 5
MELOXICAM 329 216 7 14
FUROSEMIDE 315 231 8 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 302 229 9 6
GABAPENTIN 257 144 10 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 211 155 11 12
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 209 163 12 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 199 155 13 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 194 128 14 10
OXYCODONE HCL 192 68 S2 15 118
CITALOPRAM HBR 189 131 16 17
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 182 149 17 25
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 180 121 18 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 179 144 19 21
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 173 140 20 9
TRAMADOL HCL 169 87 21 13
TIZANIDINE HCL 168 80 22 76
TAMSULOSIN HCL 156 105 23 33
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 150 94 24 18
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 149 116 25 48
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 145 31 S2 26 143
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 141 98 27 38
NEXIUM 127 23 28 23
TRAZODONE HCL 123 68 29 29
ALLOPURINOL 122 92 30 31
ATENOLOL 121 97 31 24
CARVEDILOL 120 71 32 15
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 90 32 20
SERTRALINE HCL 120 70 32 26
DIOVAN HCT 101 67 35 96
ENDOCET 100 34 S2 36 107
METHADONE HCL 98 16 S2 37 161
LYRICA 95 31 38 47
KLOR-CON M20 89 63 39 66
DIOVAN 88 62 40 67
DOXEPIN HCL 88 53 40 176
CLONIDINE HCL 87 72 42 27
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 87 42 42 40
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 86 72 44 111
ESTRADIOL 85 58 R 45 114
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 84 66 46 147
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 83 76 47 59
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 81 41 48 28
HYDRALAZINE HCL 79 45 49 74
LOVASTATIN 76 61 50 41
VERAPAMIL ER 76 56 50 86
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 75 26 52 75
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 31 S2 52 138
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 74 39 54 60
CEFUROXIME 74 41 54 133
PREDNISONE 74 29 54 42
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 16 R 57 39
HYDROMORPHONE HCL 73 16 S2 57 311
VENTOLIN HFA 70 39 59 83
DONEPEZIL HCL 70 65 59 32
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 70 44 59 151
GLIMEPIRIDE 70 46 59 34
PROMETHAZINE HCL 70 37 R 59 54
MIRTAZAPINE 69 28 64 56
CEPHALEXIN 69 41 64 90
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 67 33 66 124
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 66 36 S2 67 202
CRESTOR 66 54 67 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 38 67 65
HYDROCODONE BIT-IBUPROFEN 63 29 S3 70 253
DIGOXIN 62 59 71 52
JANUVIA 61 30 72 85
CELEBREX 61 35 72 98
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 59 44 74 46
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 59 48 74 194
PREMARIN 58 26 R 76 109
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 57 53 77 57
ROPINIROLE HCL 56 38 78 82
NAMENDA 55 55 79 43
KLOR-CON 10 51 51 80 104
FLUOXETINE HCL 51 43 80 51
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 50 40 82 120
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 July 8, 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.