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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,005Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 15

$1.25M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 2 out of 15

1,136 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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 1,136 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

31% of this provider’s 1,136 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 17,245 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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 1,640 874 S3 1 2
SIMVASTATIN 959 733 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 880 590 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 776 624 4 1
FUROSEMIDE 774 572 5 7
LISINOPRIL 696 499 6 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 515 428 7 3
METFORMIN HCL 508 343 8 14
GABAPENTIN 466 308 9 11
CARVEDILOL 460 358 10 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 398 281 11 35
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 387 298 12 16
WARFARIN SODIUM 370 280 13 10
NEXIUM 343 200 14 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 319 238 15 43
MELOXICAM 314 188 16 25
DONEPEZIL HCL 285 284 17 9
CLOPIDOGREL 284 228 18 31
CITALOPRAM HBR 281 165 19 12
AZITHROMYCIN 271 167 20 45
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 263 226 21 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 244 178 22 18
ATENOLOL 238 190 23 36
TRAMADOL HCL 234 153 24 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 225 184 25 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 203 146 26 22
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 198 89 R 27 74
PROMETHAZINE HCL 196 62 R 28 57
SERTRALINE HCL 181 137 29 20
LANTUS 180 128 30 50
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 180 139 30 29
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 176 104 32 38
PLAVIX 175 147 33 44
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 169 136 34 27
KLOR-CON M20 165 143 35 59
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 161 90 36 32
PREDNISONE 151 104 37 39
GLIMEPIRIDE 150 96 38 42
NAMENDA 149 146 39 13
LYRICA 143 55 40 55
CELEBREX 127 87 41 62
CLONIDINE HCL 123 85 42 49
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 120 84 43 61
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 117 92 44 46
RAMIPRIL 115 103 45 51
HYDRALAZINE HCL 114 96 46 37
ADVAIR DISKUS 113 86 47 60
MECLIZINE HCL 113 92 47 104
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 111 81 49 47
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 108 58 S2 50 107
SINGULAIR 105 59 51 108
CARISOPRODOL 103 0 R 52 109
ALLOPURINOL 102 45 53 58
TRAZODONE HCL 101 56 54 17
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 101 79 54 41
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 101 59 54 110
TAMSULOSIN HCL 97 72 57 40
AMIODARONE HCL 95 88 58 87
PROAIR HFA 92 41 59 111
LOVASTATIN 92 54 59 82
CEPHALEXIN 91 65 61 113
VERAPAMIL ER 90 61 62 115
MEGESTROL ACETATE 90 87 R 62 83
CYMBALTA 89 21 64 26
PAROXETINE HCL 88 76 65 64
GLIPIZIDE 84 50 66 75
ENDOCET 83 55 S2 67 116
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 82 77 68 34
INSULIN SYRINGE 82 55 68 118
FENOFIBRATE 80 51 70 93
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 80 48 R 70 80
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 80 80 70 66
CRESTOR 80 59 70 90
DIOVAN HCT 76 57 74 91
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 73 75 65
FLUCONAZOLE 73 40 76 88
SPIRIVA 73 35 76 62
SEROQUEL 72 42 78 76
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 72 72 78 30
COLCRYS 72 49 78 127
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 72 52 78 127
LOVAZA 70 43 82 130
BACLOFEN 68 27 83 133
DIOVAN 68 65 83 48
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 52 83 77
OXYCODONE HCL 67 21 S2 86 135
RANITIDINE HCL 66 37 87 101
PREMARIN 66 19 R 87 97
METHOCARBAMOL 65 31 R 89 138
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 33 90 55
METHADONE HCL 63 29 S2 90 101
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62 34 92 144
IBUPROFEN 57 26 93 150
SPIRONOLACTONE 57 35 93 33
NITROSTAT 54 21 95 153
QUINAPRIL HCL 53 48 96 85
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 53 52 96 100
ACTOS 51 32 98 158
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 51 35 98 158
VENTOLIN HFA 51 21 98 158
DIGOXIN 50 32 101 53
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. 11, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.