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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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16,223Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 113 out of 1000

$601K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 194 out of 1000

392 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
60%Patients 65 Years and Older
75% 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

20% of this provider’s 392 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

35% of this provider’s 392 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% of this provider’s 10,127 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 21%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

41 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 1,235 548 S3 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 538 469 2 4
ENDOCET 537 110 S2 3 107
LISINOPRIL 452 332 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 419 300 5 2
CARISOPRODOL 398 0 R 6 72
FUROSEMIDE 319 230 7 7
GABAPENTIN 312 195 8 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 309 273 9 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 291 232 10 6
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 289 168 11 46
TRAMADOL HCL 251 97 12 13
SIMVASTATIN 221 144 13 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218 146 14 9
WARFARIN SODIUM 203 191 15 22
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 198 197 16 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 194 98 17 16
MELOXICAM 190 103 18 14
GLYBURIDE 184 132 R 19 92
ATENOLOL 178 136 20 24
CARVEDILOL 162 145 21 15
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 158 25 S2 22 143
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 157 99 23 186
METFORMIN HCL 143 81 24 8
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 138 96 25 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 137 107 26 19
FENTANYL 136 47 S2 27 100
NEXIUM 135 75 28 23
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 134 89 29 70
PENTOXIFYLLINE 128 113 30 239
AZITHROMYCIN 126 80 31 36
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 115 78 32 99
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 113 96 33 18
CLONIDINE HCL 112 60 34 27
ZETIA 110 103 35 95
CYMBALTA 107 40 36 53
CILOSTAZOL 107 94 36 227
TRAZODONE HCL 106 51 38 29
TIZANIDINE HCL 106 36 38 76
PROMETHAZINE HCL 102 26 R 40 54
DONEPEZIL HCL 100 91 41 32
CLOPIDOGREL 98 80 42 35
ETODOLAC 97 38 43 152
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 91 91 44 71
TAMSULOSIN HCL 90 68 45 33
CELEBREX 88 57 46 98
CEPHALEXIN 87 55 47 90
LOVAZA 87 75 47 148
RANITIDINE HCL 86 37 49 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 83 33 50 17
PREDNISONE 83 66 50 42
LANTUS 79 47 52 68
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 76 61 53 60
FLUDROCORTISONE ACETATE 76 75 53 313
OXAPROZIN 74 29 55 356
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 74 72 55 116
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 74 43 S2 55 138
PREMARIN 74 51 R 55 109
FLUCONAZOLE 70 40 59 102
SINGULAIR 70 28 59 84
LYRICA 67 36 61 47
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 40 61 20
DIGOXIN 67 67 61 52
JANUVIA 67 38 61 85
PLAVIX 66 53 65 49
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 64 43 66 173
ADVAIR DISKUS 63 20 67 65
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 62 23 R 68 39
PROAIR HFA 62 26 68 50
MEGESTROL ACETATE 61 50 R 70 134
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 60 49 71 48
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 60 26 71 115
SERTRALINE HCL 59 25 73 26
HYDRALAZINE HCL 58 27 74 74
MECLIZINE HCL 56 49 75 80
GEMFIBROZIL 56 47 75 105
FINASTERIDE 55 45 77 177
MIRTAZAPINE 55 46 77 56
TERBUTALINE SULFATE 53 36 79 435
VENTOLIN HFA 52 30 80 83
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 52 48 80 145
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 52 22 80 113
IBUPROFEN 52 36 80 94
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.