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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,669Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 150 out of 1000

$758K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 120 out of 1000

424 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
65%Patients 65 Years and Older
94% 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

7% of this provider’s 424 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

29% of this provider’s 424 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 10,120 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% 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

35 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 688 372 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 579 414 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 559 407 3 7
GABAPENTIN 532 358 4 11
SIMVASTATIN 497 294 5 3
LISINOPRIL 469 324 6 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 401 314 7 6
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 299 221 8 10
MELOXICAM 265 214 9 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 245 234 10 32
RANITIDINE HCL 240 199 11 37
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 233 196 12 75
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 226 147 13 19
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 220 173 14 4
CITALOPRAM HBR 220 123 14 17
CARVEDILOL 220 155 14 15
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 215 168 17 60
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 207 110 18 9
NAMENDA 194 181 19 43
ACTOS 159 138 20 119
MIRTAZAPINE 153 130 21 56
ALLOPURINOL 149 128 22 31
HALOPERIDOL 146 109 23 211
TRAZODONE HCL 137 65 24 29
METFORMIN HCL ER 133 66 25 44
LANTUS 130 115 26 68
TAMSULOSIN HCL 128 102 27 33
SINGULAIR 126 85 28 84
TRAMADOL HCL 121 81 29 13
EXELON 117 105 30 108
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 114 58 R 31 180
CLONIDINE HCL 105 47 32 27
HYDRALAZINE HCL 101 60 33 74
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 101 80 33 12
RISPERIDONE 100 67 35 87
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 95 67 36 70
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 87 52 R 37 39
NAPROXEN 83 70 38 81
FLUCONAZOLE 83 58 38 102
SEROQUEL 82 64 40 157
METFORMIN HCL 80 41 41 8
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 80 23 41 115
LEVETIRACETAM 77 37 43 128
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 77 50 43 113
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 73 59 45 99
NEXIUM 72 41 46 23
OLANZAPINE 72 26 46 188
LATANOPROST 70 64 48 222
LOVASTATIN 68 52 49 41
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 66 26 50 184
GLIPIZIDE ER 64 27 51 106
MECLIZINE HCL 64 42 51 80
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 62 27 53 28
FENTANYL 61 54 S2 54 100
BACLOFEN 59 26 55 129
IBUPROFEN 59 18 55 94
CRESTOR 58 24 57 30
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 37 58 132
WARFARIN SODIUM 56 44 59 22
VALPROIC ACID 55 52 60 233
JANUVIA 54 24 61 85
ATENOLOL 54 28 61 24
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 53 43 63 69
SERTRALINE HCL 52 40 64 26
LEXAPRO 52 34 64 196
AMOXICILLIN 51 28 66 89
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 51 46 66 18
PROMETHAZINE HCL 51 20 R 66 54
PHENYTOIN 51 50 66 257
TAMIFLU 50 45 70 277
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 June 22, 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.