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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,180Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 35 out of 1000

$944K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 60 out of 1000

750 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

4% of this provider’s 750 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 750 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 17,428 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

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 998 643 S3 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 819 647 2 7
OMEPRAZOLE 795 584 3 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 687 561 4 4
SIMVASTATIN 660 543 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 619 519 6 6
LISINOPRIL 538 414 7 5
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 441 360 8 10
METFORMIN HCL 400 278 9 8
WARFARIN SODIUM 376 324 10 22
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 349 278 11 58
ATENOLOL 343 240 12 24
GABAPENTIN 342 204 13 11
CARVEDILOL 316 239 14 15
MELOXICAM 301 238 15 14
TRAMADOL HCL 286 216 16 13
SERTRALINE HCL 258 196 17 26
DONEPEZIL HCL 243 223 18 32
CITALOPRAM HBR 241 164 19 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 235 134 20 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 223 181 21 21
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 221 132 22 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 219 193 23 19
DIGOXIN 201 195 24 52
GLIPIZIDE 199 169 25 62
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 198 182 26 25
RANITIDINE HCL 196 116 27 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 195 154 28 46
PREDNISONE 192 101 29 42
CLONIDINE HCL 173 139 30 27
NEXIUM 173 138 30 23
CLOPIDOGREL 171 128 32 35
MIRTAZAPINE 162 113 33 56
BUSPIRONE HCL 159 131 34 110
FLUOXETINE HCL 153 113 35 51
TRAZODONE HCL 150 116 36 29
PAROXETINE HCL 150 105 36 63
GLYBURIDE 150 95 R 36 92
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 115 36 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 146 100 40 28
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 142 84 R 41 45
PLAVIX 142 98 41 49
GLIMEPIRIDE 141 127 43 34
METHOCARBAMOL 135 75 R 44 79
RAMIPRIL 128 104 45 77
PROAIR HFA 128 93 45 50
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 128 122 45 18
CARISOPRODOL 127 30 R 48 72
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 95 49 33
ALLOPURINOL 124 110 50 31
AZITHROMYCIN 121 82 51 36
SPIRONOLACTONE 119 76 52 78
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 115 72 R 53 39
CYMBALTA 113 59 54 53
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 112 78 55 115
DIOVAN 112 97 55 67
MECLIZINE HCL 109 108 57 80
DILTIAZEM ER 107 97 58 146
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 102 73 59 99
MEGESTROL ACETATE 102 88 R 59 134
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 100 89 61 48
FAMOTIDINE 100 80 61 88
AMOXICILLIN 99 65 63 89
NAMENDA 99 99 63 43
ROPINIROLE HCL 95 74 65 82
JANUVIA 93 54 66 85
FLUCONAZOLE 91 60 67 102
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 74 67 20
PROMETHAZINE HCL 87 36 R 69 54
NABUMETONE 84 61 70 169
RISPERIDONE 83 82 71 87
HYDRALAZINE HCL 81 66 72 74
ADVAIR DISKUS 81 38 72 65
VENTOLIN HFA 79 34 74 83
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 79 32 74 124
FENTANYL 77 63 S2 76 100
EXELON 76 76 77 108
DIOVAN HCT 75 56 78 96
PREMARIN 74 39 R 79 109
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 74 46 79 113
KLOR-CON M20 72 65 81 66
NITROFURANTOIN 72 56 81 199
NYSTATIN 71 42 83 182
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 71 67 83 57
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 70 19 85 60
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 70 62 85 186
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 69 59 87 189
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 68 58 88 69
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 65 56 89 75
VESICARE 65 54 89 200
INSULIN SYRINGE 64 46 91 93
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 64 62 91 136
CRESTOR 63 54 93 30
SYNTHROID 62 62 94 91
TERAZOSIN HCL 60 49 95 150
LANTUS 57 48 96 68
OLANZAPINE 56 43 97 188
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 48 98 116
LYRICA 54 44 98 47
ESTRADIOL 53 31 R 100 114
ABILIFY 53 28 100 198
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 52 49 102 142
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 51 24 103 123
PENTOXIFYLLINE 51 40 103 239
CEPHALEXIN 51 36 103 90
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.