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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,307Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 136 out of 1000

$792K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 108 out of 1000

480 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
76%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

12% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

27% of this provider’s 480 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 11,859 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 623 441 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 560 472 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 535 382 3 2
FUROSEMIDE 421 336 4 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 407 358 5 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 371 336 6 6
SIMVASTATIN 352 310 7 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 329 308 8 9
GABAPENTIN 325 253 9 11
RAMIPRIL 246 171 10 77
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 245 221 11 18
WARFARIN SODIUM 237 198 12 22
TRAMADOL HCL 224 155 13 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 205 156 14 12
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 198 171 15 21
TAMSULOSIN HCL 193 149 16 33
BYSTOLIC 192 152 17 126
MELOXICAM 185 154 18 14
LISINOPRIL 183 160 19 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 166 166 20 32
METFORMIN HCL ER 164 132 21 44
CLONIDINE HCL 163 149 22 27
GLIMEPIRIDE 158 142 23 34
CITALOPRAM HBR 147 107 24 17
NIFEDIPINE ER 144 108 25 130
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 142 88 26 16
ALLOPURINOL 129 82 27 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 122 93 28 78
METFORMIN HCL 121 85 29 8
SERTRALINE HCL 115 85 30 26
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 115 108 30 28
CLOPIDOGREL 115 99 30 35
NAMENDA 110 107 33 43
KLOR-CON 10 106 70 34 104
NEXIUM 104 99 35 23
FAMOTIDINE 103 87 36 88
CARVEDILOL 100 70 37 15
LYRICA 99 65 38 47
DIOVAN 94 56 39 67
SPIRIVA 91 50 40 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 90 83 41 57
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 88 78 42 20
CRESTOR 86 46 43 30
PLAVIX 84 76 44 49
CYMBALTA 82 38 45 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 81 54 46 69
DILTIAZEM ER 81 72 46 146
FENTANYL 80 74 S2 48 100
LEVOFLOXACIN 75 65 49 73
FLUOXETINE HCL 74 45 50 51
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 72 67 S2 51 202
DIOVAN HCT 71 53 52 96
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 71 49 52 99
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 70 49 54 40
DIGOXIN 70 54 54 52
MUPIROCIN 69 59 56 140
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 69 51 56 25
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 67 56 58 70
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 67 39 58 19
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 61 32 60 123
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 46 60 65
PAROXETINE HCL 61 47 60 63
HYDRALAZINE HCL 60 39 63 74
BUSPIRONE HCL 59 59 64 110
SINGULAIR 57 36 65 84
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 57 33 65 124
CARTIA XT 56 38 67 426
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 56 42 67 120
TRAZODONE HCL 54 46 69 29
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 53 41 70 59
ATENOLOL 51 29 71 24
NIFEDICAL XL 51 42 71 232
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 50 42 73 46
MECLIZINE HCL 50 48 73 80
AMITIZA 50 32 73 276
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 50 44 73 38
TIZANIDINE HCL 50 0 73 76
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.