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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,670Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 127 out of 1000

$588K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 201 out of 1000

551 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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

3% of this provider’s 551 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 551 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 12,756 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

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

28 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
SIMVASTATIN 953 762 1 3
OMEPRAZOLE 603 481 2 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 543 444 3 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 543 389 S3 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 534 465 5 4
FUROSEMIDE 460 407 6 7
LISINOPRIL 417 346 7 5
METFORMIN HCL 381 295 8 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 340 318 9 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 264 225 10 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 259 214 11 16
CARVEDILOL 234 207 12 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 223 204 13 22
VERAPAMIL ER 203 145 14 86
MELOXICAM 202 164 15 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 195 121 16 17
NEXIUM 193 144 17 23
TRAMADOL HCL 187 94 18 13
ALLOPURINOL 186 158 19 31
ATENOLOL 183 141 20 24
AMOXICILLIN 181 135 21 89
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 176 165 22 19
GABAPENTIN 162 136 23 11
CLONIDINE HCL 159 109 24 27
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 158 143 25 21
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 157 126 26 70
LOVASTATIN 144 125 27 41
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 139 136 28 38
PREDNISONE 138 119 29 42
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 132 119 30 46
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 132 119 30 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 132 110 30 12
SERTRALINE HCL 124 112 33 26
CRESTOR 123 121 34 30
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 113 91 R 35 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 110 73 36 20
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 107 94 37 103
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 105 105 38 25
TAMSULOSIN HCL 100 100 39 33
GLIPIZIDE ER 93 55 40 106
CLOPIDOGREL 93 81 40 35
DIGOXIN 89 83 42 52
DONEPEZIL HCL 87 78 43 32
PAROXETINE HCL 86 48 44 63
AZITHROMYCIN 85 69 45 36
PLAVIX 84 73 46 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 84 57 46 28
KLOR-CON M20 80 73 48 66
CEPHALEXIN 79 65 49 90
INSULIN SYRINGE 78 49 50 93
GLIPIZIDE XL 78 63 50 138
KLOR-CON 10 77 66 52 104
GEMFIBROZIL 76 67 53 105
TERAZOSIN HCL 75 75 54 150
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 74 51 55 59
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 74 62 55 71
DIOVAN HCT 73 68 57 96
HUMULIN 70-30 71 59 58 131
DIOVAN 70 49 59 67
METOLAZONE 69 60 60 167
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 69 42 60 58
RAMIPRIL 69 46 60 77
PROMETHAZINE HCL 67 25 R 63 54
CEFDINIR 64 57 64 122
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 62 53 R 65 39
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 58 52 66 151
ONDANSETRON HCL 58 55 66 204
VYTORIN 57 34 68 201
CELEBREX 55 45 69 98
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 55 32 69 48
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 52 17 71 124
NAMENDA 52 50 71 43
ZETIA 51 50 73 95
FLUCONAZOLE 50 29 74 102
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 5, 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.