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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

General Practice

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,977Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 51

$428K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 20 out of 51

359 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
21% 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

9% of this provider’s 359 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

28% of this provider’s 359 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 27%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 4,780 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$61 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 389 207 S3 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 246 212 2 4
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 197 149 3 29
FUROSEMIDE 196 160 4 2
OMEPRAZOLE 193 146 5 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 186 137 6 6
LISINOPRIL 168 129 7 7
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 167 136 8 5
METFORMIN HCL 154 126 9 9
ATENOLOL 134 106 10 33
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 121 97 11 22
GABAPENTIN 114 41 12 12
MELOXICAM 114 77 12 20
FLUOXETINE HCL 105 71 14 60
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 104 89 15 8
AZITHROMYCIN 95 73 16 47
SERTRALINE HCL 93 63 17 32
ALLOPURINOL 89 83 18 43
SUBOXONE 88 0 19 195
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 82 57 20 14
TRAZODONE HCL 73 21 21 23
CLONIDINE HCL 72 46 22 26
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 70 53 23 66
CITALOPRAM HBR 69 34 24 18
SUCRALFATE 65 61 25 82
NIASPAN 62 60 26 220
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 59 51 27 35
TRAMADOL HCL 56 44 28 10
LYRICA 56 48 28 54
TAMSULOSIN HCL 56 49 28 36
CARVEDILOL 56 52 28 13
CYMBALTA 55 28 32 37
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 41 33 48
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 30 34 15
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 50 26 35 51
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 Sept. 11, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.