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RONALD HELMS M.D.

70 PLAZA DR INRI MEDICAL ASSOCIATES PC DBA NORTHSIDE MEDICAL

Pell city | Alabama | 35125

(205) 814-9284

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,110Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 74 out of 1000

$784K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 112 out of 1000

702 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
45% 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

5% of this provider’s 702 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 702 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,805 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$41 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 778 598 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 776 579 S3 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 776 649 2 6
LISINOPRIL 774 584 4 5
OMEPRAZOLE 754 585 5 2
SIMVASTATIN 555 455 6 3
METFORMIN HCL 391 282 7 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 357 292 8 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 317 262 9 18
FUROSEMIDE 314 238 10 7
GABAPENTIN 312 224 11 11
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 307 237 12 19
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 267 221 13 28
NEXIUM 259 197 14 23
ATENOLOL 249 174 15 24
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 238 216 16 21
WARFARIN SODIUM 237 226 17 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 236 192 18 10
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 234 213 19 20
FLUOXETINE HCL 215 158 20 51
CARVEDILOL 211 188 21 15
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 200 144 22 103
TRAMADOL HCL 198 150 23 13
MELOXICAM 195 157 24 14
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 195 161 24 12
DIOVAN 192 192 26 67
LOVASTATIN 188 153 27 41
DONEPEZIL HCL 182 182 28 32
SERTRALINE HCL 170 132 29 26
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 170 147 29 25
FENOFIBRATE 159 110 31 55
PREDNISONE 151 128 32 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 150 110 33 9
ALLOPURINOL 149 129 34 31
TAMSULOSIN HCL 147 135 35 33
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 131 100 36 125
PROAIR HFA 129 68 37 50
NAMENDA 129 129 37 43
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 129 94 37 16
LEVOFLOXACIN 128 109 40 73
CLOPIDOGREL 114 109 41 35
CLONIDINE HCL 114 90 41 27
PAROXETINE HCL 114 83 41 63
TRAMADOL HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 113 101 44 151
SPIRIVA 111 62 45 64
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 110 50 R 46 45
HYDRALAZINE HCL 109 82 47 74
TRAZODONE HCL 108 61 48 29
CEFUROXIME 106 89 49 133
LYRICA 103 74 50 47
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 101 48 51 60
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101 78 51 38
RANITIDINE HCL 90 67 53 37
NABUMETONE 89 64 54 169
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 87 66 55 46
MIRTAZAPINE 82 73 56 56
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 82 62 56 48
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 79 56 58 40
PLAVIX 74 65 59 49
BUPROPION XL 73 33 60 207
SYMBICORT 72 65 61 149
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 72 54 61 123
DILTIAZEM ER 71 71 63 146
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 70 41 64 113
HUMULIN 70-30 69 58 65 131
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 68 56 66 75
DIOVAN HCT 62 53 67 96
BUMETANIDE 62 47 67 112
ADVAIR DISKUS 61 48 69 65
ROPINIROLE HCL 60 38 70 82
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 60 31 70 120
TRICOR 60 50 70 141
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 59 43 73 71
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 58 58 74 57
INSULIN SYRINGE 57 33 75 93
EVISTA 57 57 75 168
METFORMIN HCL ER 55 54 77 44
GLIPIZIDE XL 55 36 77 138
PRADAXA 53 47 79 299
LANTUS 53 21 79 68
QUINAPRIL HCL 53 41 79 117
AZITHROMYCIN 52 34 82 36
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 June 30, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.