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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,076Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 10 out of 300

$616K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 29 out of 300

512 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
51%Patients 65 Years and Older
87% 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
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this specialty
in Alabama
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 512 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 512 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 21%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 8,619 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% 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 $75 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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
SIMVASTATIN 755 508 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 650 223 S3 2 1
FUROSEMIDE 539 401 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 488 349 4 4
METFORMIN HCL 448 243 5 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 387 216 6 21
OMEPRAZOLE 375 237 7 2
LISINOPRIL 314 141 8 7
NIFEDIPINE ER 273 196 9 115
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 266 184 10 20
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 236 131 11 47
GABAPENTIN 232 138 12 6
CARVEDILOL 231 171 13 8
HYDRALAZINE HCL 208 112 14 66
ATENOLOL 199 131 15 27
NEXIUM 197 128 16 44
COLCRYS 169 111 17 197
GLIPIZIDE XL 165 102 18 256
CRESTOR 158 85 19 49
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 153 74 20 16
AZITHROMYCIN 150 84 21 71
WARFARIN SODIUM 147 106 22 23
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 146 63 23 78
IBUPROFEN 143 74 24 142
MEGESTROL ACETATE 141 115 R 25 210
ACTOS 116 98 26 220
CLONIDINE HCL 115 56 27 39
NAPROXEN SODIUM 110 93 28 247
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 106 82 29 55
TRAMADOL HCL 104 82 30 11
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 104 74 30 112
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 97 27 R 32 35
NOVOLIN 70-30 92 42 33 309
RANITIDINE HCL 91 79 34 63
RISPERIDONE 90 54 35 113
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 89 32 36 313
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 86 36 37 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 85 71 38 119
CLOPIDOGREL 82 69 39 18
GLIPIZIDE 80 50 40 156
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 79 52 41 13
GLIMEPIRIDE 77 46 42 95
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 77 0 S2 42 48
DIOVAN 76 60 44 84
MELOXICAM 76 49 44 14
ALLOPURINOL 75 30 46 64
GLIPIZIDE ER 74 29 47 266
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 41 48 155
RIVASTIGMINE 73 73 48 327
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 73 49 48 15
LOVASTATIN 72 69 51 85
PLAVIX 71 50 52 32
CELEBREX 69 52 53 114
FLUCONAZOLE 69 22 53 137
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 69 45 53 56
PREDNISONE 68 37 56 50
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 27 57 29
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 64 14 58 34
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 62 50 R 59 190
PROAIR HFA 59 26 60 80
LABETALOL HCL 57 39 61 172
DIOVAN HCT 56 33 62 181
LATANOPROST 56 56 62 42
BACLOFEN 51 11 64 74
GLYBURIDE 51 51 R 64 141
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 50 40 66 26
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 Dec. 6, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.