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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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21,019Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 51

$1.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 51

1,109 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
44%Patients 65 Years and Older
76% 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 1,109 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

21% of this provider’s 1,109 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 27%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,561 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

19 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 29.


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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 1,019 388 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 575 373 2 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 491 337 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 477 299 4 6
TRAMADOL HCL 409 212 5 10
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 382 275 6 8
SIMVASTATIN 382 227 6 4
GABAPENTIN 366 234 8 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 337 137 9 18
CARVEDILOL 321 225 10 13
FUROSEMIDE 277 220 11 2
RISPERIDONE 270 100 12 27
HYDROXYZINE HCL 268 43 R 13 99
METFORMIN HCL 264 151 14 9
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 245 100 R 15 49
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 241 33 R 16 91
LAMOTRIGINE 240 50 17 164
TRAZODONE HCL 236 86 18 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 221 128 19 22
LISINOPRIL 220 145 20 7
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 202 141 21 80
NEXIUM 194 102 22 24
WARFARIN SODIUM 190 132 23 11
CYMBALTA 180 53 24 37
RANITIDINE HCL 178 94 25 28
AZITHROMYCIN 166 100 26 47
DIVALPROEX SODIUM ER 161 39 27 114
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 160 92 28 34
MIRTAZAPINE 154 101 29 21
MELOXICAM 153 93 30 20
OXYCODONE HCL 152 68 S2 31 110
HYDRALAZINE HCL 151 113 32 52
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 147 92 33 25
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 145 72 34 39
TORSEMIDE 144 120 35 132
METHOCARBAMOL 142 41 R 36 98
FLUOXETINE HCL 140 56 37 60
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 138 80 38 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 135 78 39 51
ALLOPURINOL 133 88 40 43
PROAIR HFA 132 56 41 63
ABILIFY 132 20 41 101
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 131 110 43 19
NAMENDA 128 105 44 16
PAROXETINE HCL 127 61 45 69
SUCRALFATE 126 85 46 82
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 118 69 47 14
ROPINIROLE HCL 115 65 48 75
DONEPEZIL HCL 113 85 49 17
CRESTOR 110 72 50 46
OLANZAPINE 108 31 51 92
CEPHALEXIN 107 58 52 67
SEROQUEL XR 107 0 52 207
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 104 42 54 90
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 103 16 R 55 53
TAMSULOSIN HCL 102 74 56 36
PREDNISONE 102 79 56 76
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 99 82 58 130
CLOPIDOGREL 99 65 58 41
GLIMEPIRIDE 95 85 60 71
SPIRIVA 95 71 60 87
PROPRANOLOL HCL 94 26 62 154
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 93 52 63 29
SERTRALINE HCL 92 58 64 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 92 52 64 35
AGGRENOX 88 75 66 165
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 86 19 67 145
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 85 58 68 81
AMIODARONE HCL 85 84 68 124
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 85 41 68 62
NAPROXEN 84 11 71 120
CARAFATE 84 80 71 185
FENOFIBRATE 82 37 73 160
KLOR-CON M10 82 70 73 159
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 38 73 15
LYRICA 80 16 76 54
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 79 38 77 38
ADVAIR DISKUS 79 46 77 72
HALOPERIDOL 78 12 79 105
CLONIDINE HCL 75 54 80 26
DILTIAZEM ER 75 58 80 179
SINGULAIR 74 54 82 95
DIOVAN HCT 74 31 82 131
MECLIZINE HCL 72 54 84 103
FLUCONAZOLE 72 34 84 128
BUSPIRONE HCL 71 24 86 77
PLAVIX 69 51 87 58
COLCRYS 68 34 88 143
PROMETHAZINE HCL 67 26 R 89 56
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 67 36 89 66
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 67 38 89 117
SPIRONOLACTONE 66 47 92 68
DIOVAN 65 38 93 70
LITHIUM CARBONATE 65 13 93 282
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 63 59 95 30
MEGESTROL ACETATE 62 48 R 96 88
BUPROPION XL 61 18 97 195
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 60 15 S2 98 209
DIGOXIN 60 57 98 42
SYMBICORT 59 36 100 169
LABETALOL HCL 58 46 101 231
AVODART 57 57 102 173
BENAZEPRIL HCL 57 47 102 109
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 57 40 102 146
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 56 42 105 57
ZIPRASIDONE HCL 56 12 105 201
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 54 54 107 74
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 54 53 107 45
JANUVIA 52 29 109 108
HYDROXYZINE PAMOATE 51 0 R 110 253
KLOR-CON M20 51 29 110 83
MORPHINE SULFATE 51 17 S2 110 232
LANTUS 50 42 113 31
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 April 4, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.