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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,553Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 153 out of 1000

$714K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 134 out of 1000

881 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
56%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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
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this specialty
in Alabama
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 881 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 881 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 8,758 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

17 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
OMEPRAZOLE 464 264 1 2
FUROSEMIDE 427 251 2 7
LISINOPRIL 379 236 3 5
METFORMIN HCL 328 178 4 8
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 325 220 5 10
LOVASTATIN 324 173 6 41
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 321 218 7 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 305 231 8 4
CARVEDILOL 301 143 9 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 288 258 10 32
TRAZODONE HCL 282 162 11 29
SIMVASTATIN 247 153 12 3
GABAPENTIN 235 120 13 11
MELOXICAM 225 155 14 14
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 222 81 S3 15 1
NAMENDA 216 200 16 43
TRAMADOL HCL 212 95 17 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 203 131 18 22
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 187 104 19 9
RISPERIDONE 183 145 20 87
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 170 126 21 113
NEXIUM 155 61 22 23
CLONIDINE HCL 152 68 23 27
ATENOLOL 148 110 24 24
AZITHROMYCIN 146 66 25 36
PLAVIX 143 109 26 49
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 139 90 27 58
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 135 98 28 21
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 124 64 29 57
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 124 83 29 18
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 116 64 31 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 112 92 32 17
CLOPIDOGREL 110 98 33 35
GLYBURIDE 106 73 R 34 92
NAPROXEN 102 35 35 81
CYMBALTA 102 13 35 53
LANTUS 99 39 37 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 96 56 38 33
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 93 44 39 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 92 55 40 19
SERTRALINE HCL 92 53 40 26
LEVETIRACETAM 92 34 40 128
PROMETHAZINE HCL 91 19 R 43 54
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 91 28 R 43 39
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 90 84 45 25
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 82 56 46 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 51 46 46
ALLOPURINOL 81 55 48 31
EXELON 78 61 49 108
MIRTAZAPINE 73 59 50 56
OLANZAPINE 73 58 50 188
PREDNISONE 70 46 52 42
SPIRONOLACTONE 70 42 52 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 65 33 54 40
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 64 53 55 75
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 63 53 56 115
CAPTOPRIL 61 13 57 260
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 32 58 70
MEGESTROL ACETATE 60 45 R 58 134
DIGOXIN 58 51 60 52
NOVOLIN R 58 38 60 185
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 31 62 157
FLUOXETINE HCL 56 33 63 51
BACLOFEN 54 35 64 129
TRICOR 54 23 64 141
DIOVAN 54 38 64 67
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 54 21 64 99
DILANTIN 53 26 68 378
MUPIROCIN 52 27 69 140
PROAIR HFA 52 27 69 50
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 31, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.