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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,518Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 17 out of 51

$564K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 17 out of 51

505 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
62% 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 505 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 505 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 27%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 8,208 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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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 445 167 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 376 270 2 3
FUROSEMIDE 374 236 3 2
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 344 300 4 15
CARVEDILOL 311 238 5 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 306 229 6 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 297 283 7 5
LISINOPRIL 291 228 8 7
SIMVASTATIN 281 222 9 4
METFORMIN HCL 248 151 10 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 236 169 11 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 222 171 12 25
KLOR-CON M20 198 168 13 83
CRESTOR 169 130 14 46
LOVASTATIN 155 107 15 123
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144 100 16 35
WARFARIN SODIUM 144 130 16 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 144 125 16 14
GLIPIZIDE 134 70 19 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 123 88 20 22
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 121 78 21 51
CLONIDINE HCL 117 72 22 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 116 74 23 34
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 116 111 23 30
NEXIUM 111 75 25 24
GABAPENTIN 107 89 26 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 106 92 27 19
RAMIPRIL 104 90 28 73
TRAZODONE HCL 104 73 28 23
ATENOLOL 102 75 30 33
TRAMADOL HCL 98 75 31 10
HYDRALAZINE HCL 90 73 32 52
ALLOPURINOL 89 61 33 43
CITALOPRAM HBR 88 47 34 18
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 87 58 35 156
TAMSULOSIN HCL 86 79 36 36
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 84 55 S3 37 96
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 84 83 37 29
LEVOFLOXACIN 81 54 39 85
CLOPIDOGREL 80 54 40 41
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 77 47 41 48
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 42 R 42 53
INSULIN SYRINGE 73 39 42 134
DONEPEZIL HCL 72 72 44 17
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 71 49 45 140
PAROXETINE HCL 70 50 46 69
RANITIDINE HCL 69 57 47 28
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 67 58 48 81
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 59 49 71
DIOVAN 60 46 50 70
SPIRONOLACTONE 60 45 50 68
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 60 51 50 57
SINGULAIR 60 28 50 95
LANTUS 58 32 54 31
ADVAIR DISKUS 58 20 54 72
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 58 44 54 117
DIGOXIN 57 56 57 42
BUMETANIDE 54 31 58 127
CYMBALTA 51 30 59 37
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 March 20, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.