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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,354Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 300

$626K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 28 out of 300

628 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
79%Patients 65 Years and Older
58% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 628 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 21%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 9,990 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 5%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$47 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $75 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 10.


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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
FUROSEMIDE 618 472 1 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 542 403 2 4
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 526 395 3 12
LISINOPRIL 505 378 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 499 418 5 2
ATENOLOL 482 404 6 27
SIMVASTATIN 437 376 7 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 366 305 8 21
CHLORTHALIDONE 366 279 8 124
METFORMIN HCL 320 218 10 24
ALLOPURINOL 300 223 11 64
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 251 224 12 29
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 236 157 13 20
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 217 129 14 26
TRAMADOL HCL 215 153 15 11
NEXIUM 191 128 16 44
WARFARIN SODIUM 190 182 17 23
CALCIUM ACETATE 180 103 18 126
SPIRONOLACTONE 163 112 19 69
CLONIDINE HCL 162 100 20 39
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 138 120 21 17
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 138 78 S3 21 1
SERTRALINE HCL 124 101 23 40
INSULIN SYRINGE 115 86 24 155
LANTUS 113 75 25 146
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 113 63 25 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 111 78 27 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 108 80 28 13
PREDNISONE 108 83 28 50
GABAPENTIN 98 72 30 6
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 94 49 R 31 43
JANTOVEN 92 85 32 309
TRAZODONE HCL 91 85 33 51
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 88 84 34 79
MELOXICAM 88 79 34 14
MINOXIDIL 85 39 36 240
LOVASTATIN 84 82 37 85
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 83 65 38 78
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 82 65 39 34
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 55 40 9
METOLAZONE 79 61 41 144
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 77 77 42 55
CARVEDILOL 72 67 43 8
CRESTOR 71 51 44 49
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 70 66 45 56
PAROXETINE HCL 69 48 46 103
CITALOPRAM HBR 63 26 47 46
RANITIDINE HCL 62 53 48 63
FLUOXETINE HCL 61 34 49 81
KLOR-CON 10 61 41 49 130
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 60 26 51 96
CLOPIDOGREL 59 55 52 18
IBUPROFEN 59 31 52 142
NIFEDIPINE ER 58 46 54 115
SENSIPAR 57 20 55 91
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 54 34 56 47
GLIPIZIDE 52 46 57 156
CELEBREX 51 43 58 114
HUMALOG 51 47 58 290
GLYBURIDE 50 25 R 60 141
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.