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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,985Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 119 out of 1000

$579K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 206 out of 1000

675 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

16% of this provider’s 675 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 12,272 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 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
METFORMIN HCL 623 471 1 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 558 432 2 6
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 551 403 3 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 530 481 4 4
TRAMADOL HCL 513 360 5 13
OMEPRAZOLE 449 322 6 2
FUROSEMIDE 440 347 7 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 352 314 8 12
SIMVASTATIN 346 296 9 3
CLONIDINE HCL 344 229 10 27
WARFARIN SODIUM 319 282 11 22
GLIPIZIDE 295 238 12 62
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 284 242 13 10
LISINOPRIL 270 169 14 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 265 198 S3 15 1
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 227 167 16 48
NAPROXEN 222 157 17 81
CARVEDILOL 212 144 18 15
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 207 189 19 21
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 199 163 20 46
MELOXICAM 197 163 21 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 183 157 22 19
HYDRALAZINE HCL 170 128 23 74
NEXIUM 159 133 24 23
DONEPEZIL HCL 158 158 25 32
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 157 135 R 26 45
AMOXICILLIN 150 110 27 89
INSULIN SYRINGE 136 58 28 93
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 135 97 29 28
ATENOLOL 134 117 30 24
AZITHROMYCIN 132 95 31 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 128 104 32 18
KETOCONAZOLE 121 96 33 219
ALLOPURINOL 121 80 33 31
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 116 94 35 70
KLOR-CON M20 111 77 36 66
GABAPENTIN 109 82 37 11
DIOVAN 106 71 38 67
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 103 82 39 71
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 100 63 40 58
MECLIZINE HCL 98 83 41 80
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 95 71 42 40
LOVASTATIN 94 83 43 41
DIGOXIN 93 66 44 52
PROPRANOLOL HCL 90 53 45 135
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 89 72 46 60
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 86 66 S3 47 127
MUPIROCIN 86 68 47 140
PAROXETINE HCL 84 48 49 63
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 83 77 50 59
RANITIDINE HCL 81 71 51 37
CRESTOR 79 67 52 30
NAMENDA 79 79 52 43
FAMOTIDINE 77 59 54 88
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 75 39 R 55 39
IBUPROFEN 74 59 56 94
LANTUS 71 41 57 68
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 69 39 58 16
CLOPIDOGREL 69 58 58 35
VERAPAMIL ER 67 45 60 86
FLUOXETINE HCL 67 52 60 51
TAMSULOSIN HCL 67 66 60 33
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 66 59 63 157
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 62 64 57
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 63 51 65 194
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 62 28 66 115
MIRTAZAPINE 62 43 66 56
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 58 51 68 25
LYRICA 58 55 68 47
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 56 39 70 154
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 56 48 70 97
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 52 45 72 20
HUMULIN 70-30 50 21 73 131
NOVOLOG 50 26 73 156
DIOVAN HCT 50 34 73 96
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.