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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,848Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 12 out of 51

$721K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 13 out of 51

877 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
44%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

9% of this provider’s 877 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 877 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 7,684 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$38 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 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 2,227 646 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 647 212 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 427 172 3 5
GABAPENTIN 376 152 4 12
RANITIDINE HCL 355 146 5 28
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 343 81 6 22
CARVEDILOL 330 154 7 13
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 309 117 8 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 299 182 9 8
SIMVASTATIN 289 128 10 4
MELOXICAM 288 120 11 20
METFORMIN HCL 284 150 12 9
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 269 147 13 19
LISINOPRIL 257 135 14 7
TRAMADOL HCL 257 84 14 10
CITALOPRAM HBR 249 95 16 18
NEXIUM 234 92 17 24
PROMETHAZINE HCL 215 19 R 18 56
AZITHROMYCIN 207 89 19 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 198 78 20 35
PROAIR HFA 187 51 21 63
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 178 37 R 22 49
TIZANIDINE HCL 176 24 23 102
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 163 74 24 51
FUROSEMIDE 154 76 25 2
CLOPIDOGREL 145 89 26 41
SERTRALINE HCL 142 56 27 32
CEPHALEXIN 140 58 28 67
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 140 27 R 28 53
GLIMEPIRIDE 136 98 30 71
SUCRALFATE 136 46 30 82
TRAZODONE HCL 128 45 32 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 125 38 33 14
CLONIDINE HCL 123 61 34 26
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 122 53 35 48
METHOCARBAMOL 122 13 R 35 98
SINGULAIR 120 53 37 95
PLAVIX 111 65 38 58
ALLOPURINOL 109 38 39 43
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 105 75 40 80
COLCRYS 102 62 41 143
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 101 61 42 25
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 98 63 43 117
FLUCONAZOLE 98 20 43 128
HYDRALAZINE HCL 97 44 45 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 96 51 46 29
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 93 43 47 212
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 91 39 48 34
VERAPAMIL ER 90 59 49 115
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 90 41 49 66
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 85 46 51 156
CRESTOR 84 53 52 46
WARFARIN SODIUM 84 50 52 11
BUPROPION XL 84 11 52 195
CYMBALTA 82 30 55 37
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 82 34 55 90
RISPERIDONE 80 62 57 27
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 79 30 58 15
OXYCODONE HCL 79 27 S2 58 110
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 78 27 60 62
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 76 20 S3 61 96
DONEPEZIL HCL 75 61 62 17
TORSEMIDE 74 45 63 132
PENICILLIN V POTASSIUM 73 31 64 270
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 72 35 S2 65 209
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 23 66 68
KETOPROFEN 70 22 67 276
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 69 23 68 84
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 69 36 68 45
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 16 70 81
MORPHINE SULFATE 66 33 S2 71 232
LEVETIRACETAM 65 28 72 61
AGGRENOX 65 54 72 165
VENTOLIN HFA 64 24 74 171
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 63 21 75 146
BENAZEPRIL HCL 63 30 75 109
LYRICA 63 15 75 54
DILTIAZEM ER 61 28 78 179
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 61 54 78 130
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 61 39 78 30
PREDNISONE 59 31 81 76
MECLIZINE HCL 59 20 81 103
METFORMIN HCL ER 58 13 83 135
SYMBICORT 57 22 84 169
CELEBREX 57 14 84 129
PAROXETINE HCL 56 0 86 69
CLINDAMYCIN HCL 54 28 87 251
NAMENDA 54 47 87 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 54 32 87 36
COMBIVENT 54 23 87 194
SPIRONOLACTONE-HCTZ 52 28 91 307
ADVAIR DISKUS 51 29 92 72
MIRTAZAPINE 50 14 93 21
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 April 4, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.