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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,845Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 399 out of 1000

$399K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 354 out of 1000

338 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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

5% of this provider’s 338 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 338 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 3,286 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

26% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 463 246 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 290 210 2 4
LISINOPRIL 255 106 3 5
GABAPENTIN 182 78 4 11
OMEPRAZOLE 174 102 5 2
SIMVASTATIN 144 51 6 3
METFORMIN HCL 143 47 7 8
FUROSEMIDE 142 59 8 7
TRAMADOL HCL 133 46 9 13
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 131 60 10 10
NEXIUM 106 53 11 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 105 28 12 16
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 100 44 13 125
MELOXICAM 98 29 14 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 92 38 15 6
SERTRALINE HCL 84 32 16 26
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 82 23 R 17 39
PREMARIN 78 51 R 18 109
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 33 19 46
SYNTHROID 71 27 20 91
DIGOXIN 71 57 20 52
PROAIR HFA 66 46 22 50
IBUPROFEN 65 19 23 94
CARVEDILOL 65 40 23 15
PAROXETINE HCL 65 0 23 63
CYMBALTA 61 0 26 53
NABUMETONE 58 14 27 169
CLONIDINE HCL 58 28 27 27
KETOCONAZOLE 58 21 27 219
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 55 35 30 19
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 18 31 20
LYRICA 51 21 32 47
ALLOPURINOL 51 30 32 31
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 Sept. 8, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.