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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,073Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 103 out of 1000

$922K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 66 out of 1000

542 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
46%Patients 65 Years and Older
90% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

14% of this provider’s 542 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

42% of this provider’s 542 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 9,394 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 21%.

Prescription Price

$54 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 1,255 504 S3 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 732 462 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 526 315 3 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 445 312 4 17
LISINOPRIL 347 188 5 5
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 333 185 6 20
OMEPRAZOLE 331 146 7 2
FUROSEMIDE 330 231 8 7
TRAZODONE HCL 271 121 9 29
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 271 201 9 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 259 96 11 16
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 253 178 12 10
FAMOTIDINE 253 155 12 88
DONEPEZIL HCL 246 212 14 32
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 243 150 15 9
METFORMIN HCL 240 114 16 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 213 146 17 4
MELOXICAM 211 127 18 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 201 115 19 19
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 192 142 20 21
MIRTAZAPINE 191 163 21 56
GABAPENTIN 189 95 22 11
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 186 79 23 75
RISPERIDONE 184 106 24 87
TAMSULOSIN HCL 183 120 25 33
CLONIDINE HCL 175 73 26 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 165 108 27 22
NAMENDA 163 132 28 43
RANITIDINE HCL 163 94 28 37
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 162 93 30 28
PROMETHAZINE HCL 159 113 R 31 54
METHOCARBAMOL 158 36 R 32 79
CARISOPRODOL 150 11 R 33 72
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 149 67 34 18
CARVEDILOL 146 81 35 15
NEXIUM 139 52 36 23
TRAMADOL HCL 129 73 37 13
EXELON 123 93 38 108
CLOPIDOGREL 109 74 39 35
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 103 31 R 40 39
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 102 53 41 115
PROAIR HFA 102 28 41 50
OXYCODONE HCL 100 21 S2 43 118
LEVETIRACETAM 97 50 44 128
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 94 53 45 113
BUSPIRONE HCL 94 58 45 110
HYDRALAZINE HCL 93 57 47 74
PLAVIX 92 53 48 49
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 92 48 48 184
ENDOCET 91 0 S2 50 107
ALLOPURINOL 89 72 51 31
NAPROXEN 88 42 52 81
SERTRALINE HCL 82 44 53 26
LANTUS 82 58 53 68
HUMULIN 70-30 81 35 55 131
GLIPIZIDE 78 61 56 62
FLUOXETINE HCL 75 0 57 51
SEROQUEL 74 46 58 157
CARBAMAZEPINE 74 19 58 225
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 73 65 60 145
CRESTOR 73 28 60 30
CHLORTHALIDONE 71 25 62 174
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 71 58 62 159
NOVOLOG MIX 70-30 FLEXPEN 67 18 64 269
TIZANIDINE HCL 62 19 65 76
DILTIAZEM ER 62 36 65 146
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 61 42 67 111
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 22 67 65
NOVOLIN 70-30 60 37 69 160
CEPHALEXIN 60 33 69 90
ATENOLOL 59 28 71 24
PROPRANOLOL HCL 57 24 72 135
CYMBALTA 56 25 73 53
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 55 33 74 154
OXYCONTIN 55 11 S2 74 166
AZITHROMYCIN 54 13 76 36
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 53 26 77 99
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 3, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.