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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Cardiovascular Disease

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,456Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 201

$893K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 11 out of 201

911 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%Patients 65 Years and Older
17% 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

4% of this provider’s 911 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 0%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 911 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 18,082 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 0%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 12.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 874 810 1 29
OMEPRAZOLE 695 593 2 24
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 680 576 3 10
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 646 497 S3 4 32
SIMVASTATIN 629 598 5 5
FUROSEMIDE 618 569 6 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 614 551 7 8
ATENOLOL 582 548 8 18
DIGOXIN 493 453 9 14
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 481 452 10 16
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 457 426 11 34
METFORMIN HCL 373 298 12 45
LISINOPRIL 364 321 13 2
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 362 328 14 28
CLOPIDOGREL 337 312 15 7
MELOXICAM 336 293 16 62
WARFARIN SODIUM 334 311 17 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 331 303 18 3
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 325 295 19 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 320 253 20 52
CARVEDILOL 316 281 21 1
PLAVIX 301 278 22 13
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 292 236 23 37
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 289 278 24 15
NEXIUM 278 229 25 47
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 238 223 26 9
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 230 182 27 19
KLOR-CON M20 218 189 28 31
KLOR-CON 10 186 168 29 64
TAMSULOSIN HCL 182 178 30 77
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 177 157 R 31 95
CITALOPRAM HBR 177 154 31 60
AZITHROMYCIN 169 147 33 92
SERTRALINE HCL 156 120 34 83
LEVOFLOXACIN 142 127 35 160
PROPRANOLOL HCL 140 128 36 125
GLYBURIDE 135 104 R 37 134
ALLOPURINOL 132 112 38 59
TRAMADOL HCL 125 109 39 65
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 124 103 40 97
CRESTOR 124 120 40 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 116 89 42 12
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 115 110 43 98
DIOVAN HCT 113 104 44 69
SYNTHROID 109 109 45 118
GABAPENTIN 109 104 45 61
DONEPEZIL HCL 105 104 47 81
NAMENDA 101 101 48 96
VYTORIN 98 95 49 88
ZETIA 92 85 50 40
CARISOPRODOL 88 52 R 51 127
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 87 60 52 178
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 85 82 53 131
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 85 85 53 124
DIOVAN 84 68 55 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 76 57 56 138
NITROSTAT 72 68 57 25
CLONIDINE HCL 68 48 58 38
PAROXETINE HCL 66 53 59 112
MEGESTROL ACETATE 65 48 R 60 126
TRAZODONE HCL 64 60 61 106
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 63 59 62 121
PREMARIN 61 35 R 63 166
CYMBALTA 60 58 64 116
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 60 52 64 103
KLOR-CON M10 59 59 66 130
CIMETIDINE 58 43 67 199
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 58 58 67 158
LIPITOR 55 47 69 55
BYSTOLIC 54 43 70 33
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 51 46 71 58
MIRTAZAPINE 51 49 71 156
CEPHALEXIN 50 40 73 150
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 Dec. 8, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.