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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,984Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 88 out of 1000

$828K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 96 out of 1000

545 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

5% of this provider’s 545 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 545 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 13,235 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$46 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

33 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 657 471 1 4
TRAMADOL HCL 644 473 2 13
OMEPRAZOLE 612 462 3 2
LISINOPRIL 554 438 4 5
CITALOPRAM HBR 437 366 5 17
GABAPENTIN 397 278 6 11
METFORMIN HCL ER 377 235 7 44
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 369 251 S3 8 1
WARFARIN SODIUM 322 282 9 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 318 171 10 12
FUROSEMIDE 304 221 11 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 295 283 12 6
SIMVASTATIN 290 218 13 3
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 273 224 14 10
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 267 214 15 21
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 252 205 16 69
BUSPIRONE HCL 249 162 17 110
DONEPEZIL HCL 226 222 18 32
ATENOLOL 221 151 19 24
TRAZODONE HCL 215 133 20 29
CARVEDILOL 199 130 21 15
RANITIDINE HCL 189 132 22 37
MELOXICAM 176 96 23 14
NAMENDA 176 162 23 43
NEXIUM 170 114 25 23
EXELON 161 148 26 108
METFORMIN HCL 159 125 27 8
MIRTAZAPINE 151 143 28 56
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 144 120 29 60
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 143 111 30 18
PREDNISONE 140 95 31 42
CLOPIDOGREL 139 134 32 35
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 138 110 33 25
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 136 71 34 40
AZITHROMYCIN 131 69 35 36
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 86 36 9
ALLOPURINOL 130 97 36 31
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 127 85 38 46
VENTOLIN HFA 127 77 38 83
SERTRALINE HCL 123 87 40 26
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 122 105 41 75
TAMSULOSIN HCL 115 81 42 33
LANTUS 110 97 43 68
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 109 95 44 57
DIGOXIN 108 80 45 52
MECLIZINE HCL 107 92 46 80
CLONIDINE HCL 106 66 47 27
PLAVIX 105 99 48 49
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 99 79 49 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 99 63 49 28
FLUOXETINE HCL 96 43 51 51
PROMETHAZINE HCL 96 24 R 51 54
PAROXETINE HCL 94 81 53 63
FAMOTIDINE 92 90 54 88
ONDANSETRON HCL 91 83 55 204
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 90 46 R 56 39
SPIRIVA 89 51 57 64
METHOCARBAMOL 83 35 R 58 79
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 83 70 58 16
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 83 40 58 115
VESICARE 82 81 61 200
HUMULIN R 76 66 62 215
ADVAIR DISKUS 75 28 63 65
RISPERIDONE 74 74 64 87
VERAPAMIL ER 73 62 65 86
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 42 65 20
KLOR-CON M20 72 30 67 66
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 70 45 68 97
FENTANYL 69 69 S2 69 100
SINGULAIR 69 44 69 84
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 68 68 71 71
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 66 42 72 145
PEN NEEDLE 66 29 72 165
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 65 53 74 136
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 64 49 75 184
DIOVAN 63 63 76 67
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 63 49 76 38
HUMULIN N 63 54 76 302
PROAIR HFA 62 29 79 50
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 61 23 80 120
RAMIPRIL 61 48 80 77
FLUCONAZOLE 61 50 80 102
LEVOFLOXACIN 58 35 83 73
NABUMETONE 58 51 83 169
CELEBREX 57 46 85 98
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 56 56 86 113
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 56 43 86 70
CRESTOR 54 21 88 30
TIZANIDINE HCL 53 13 89 76
CYMBALTA 53 36 89 53
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 53 34 89 173
ZETIA 50 48 92 95
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.