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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,609Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 84 out of 1000

$817K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 99 out of 1000

682 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
59%Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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

7% of this provider’s 682 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

32% of this provider’s 682 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 9,368 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

$44 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,609 634 S3 1 1
METFORMIN HCL 545 311 2 8
CARVEDILOL 512 279 3 15
LISINOPRIL 497 266 4 5
SIMVASTATIN 482 313 5 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 463 257 6 9
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 428 290 7 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 408 316 8 20
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 400 245 9 4
FENOFIBRATE 392 184 10 55
GABAPENTIN 387 132 11 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 383 176 12 12
OMEPRAZOLE 363 109 13 2
TRAZODONE HCL 272 118 14 29
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 261 74 15 16
ATENOLOL 243 149 16 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 234 141 17 18
FUROSEMIDE 224 129 18 7
RANITIDINE HCL 211 82 19 37
SERTRALINE HCL 208 124 20 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 200 97 21 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 191 127 22 34
CHLORTHALIDONE 186 100 23 174
NEXIUM 181 91 24 23
LOVASTATIN 162 116 25 41
PROAIR HFA 161 50 26 50
FLUOXETINE HCL 157 81 27 51
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 146 90 28 28
LYRICA 145 27 29 47
TRAMADOL HCL 143 84 30 13
CITALOPRAM HBR 138 41 31 17
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 137 53 R 32 39
CLONIDINE HCL 119 88 33 27
SPIRIVA 118 57 34 64
RAMIPRIL 117 56 35 77
MELOXICAM 115 46 36 14
CRESTOR 112 47 37 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 110 72 38 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 109 57 39 10
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 107 67 40 186
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 106 73 41 19
HYDROXYZINE HCL 104 54 R 42 153
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 104 50 R 42 45
OXYCODONE HCL 100 0 S2 44 118
LANTUS 98 51 45 68
ADVAIR DISKUS 98 56 45 65
VENTOLIN HFA 95 21 47 83
HYDRALAZINE HCL 93 32 48 74
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 92 41 49 40
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 91 88 50 38
CYMBALTA 88 24 51 53
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 86 82 52 57
ALLOPURINOL 84 37 53 31
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 84 64 53 111
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 81 42 55 59
TIZANIDINE HCL 81 0 55 76
TAMSULOSIN HCL 80 55 57 33
PAROXETINE HCL 79 22 58 63
INSULIN SYRINGE 78 38 59 93
DILTIAZEM ER 78 62 59 146
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 78 51 59 25
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 77 37 62 60
CLOPIDOGREL 77 27 62 35
ACTOS 73 43 64 119
COLCRYS 69 30 65 171
LOVAZA 69 14 65 148
NAPROXEN 68 21 67 81
ATENOLOL-CHLORTHALIDONE 67 34 68 206
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 67 26 S2 68 138
MECLIZINE HCL 65 37 70 80
PROMETHAZINE HCL 62 18 R 71 54
BUSPIRONE HCL 62 32 71 110
METHOCARBAMOL 62 29 R 71 79
FENTANYL 59 0 S2 74 100
BUMETANIDE 58 25 75 112
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 17 76 124
METFORMIN HCL ER 56 47 76 44
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 55 45 78 145
OXYCONTIN 55 0 S2 78 166
AZITHROMYCIN 53 23 80 36
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 52 20 81 116
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 36 81 78
PLAVIX 50 20 83 49
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 50 15 83 115
SUCRALFATE 50 13 83 144
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 Jan. 3, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.