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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,913Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 89 out of 1000

$756K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 121 out of 1000

883 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
73%Patients 65 Years and Older
41% 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

1% of this provider’s 883 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

17% of this provider’s 883 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 13,265 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

18% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$42 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

20 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 585 472 1 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 558 400 2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 552 420 3 2
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 545 452 4 12
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 537 324 S3 5 1
METFORMIN HCL 530 388 6 8
LISINOPRIL 499 344 7 5
GABAPENTIN 390 314 8 11
SIMVASTATIN 388 297 9 3
TRAMADOL HCL 386 282 10 13
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 382 285 11 16
FUROSEMIDE 373 279 12 7
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 357 293 13 101
MELOXICAM 303 236 14 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 272 177 15 17
NAPROXEN 262 183 16 81
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 245 170 17 20
TAMSULOSIN HCL 243 198 18 33
ATENOLOL 228 190 19 24
NEXIUM 208 155 20 23
TRAZODONE HCL 201 148 21 29
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 198 162 22 28
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 197 170 23 57
PREDNISONE 182 140 24 42
ALLOPURINOL 177 130 25 31
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 175 134 26 9
GLIMEPIRIDE 169 142 27 34
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 165 152 28 111
CARVEDILOL 161 136 29 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 150 111 30 18
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 146 109 31 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 144 137 32 25
GLIPIZIDE 142 102 33 62
SERTRALINE HCL 133 104 34 26
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 131 100 35 71
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 131 99 35 48
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 128 68 R 37 39
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 119 94 38 19
RANITIDINE HCL 118 101 39 37
WARFARIN SODIUM 117 88 40 22
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 116 96 R 41 45
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 110 96 42 40
AMOXICILLIN 107 67 43 89
METFORMIN HCL ER 106 94 44 44
IBUPROFEN 104 69 45 94
CLOPIDOGREL 103 77 46 35
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 100 74 47 70
CYMBALTA 97 54 48 53
GEMFIBROZIL 96 77 49 105
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 96 72 49 159
MECLIZINE HCL 94 79 51 80
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 93 71 52 10
ADVAIR DISKUS 90 75 53 65
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 89 65 54 58
LEVOFLOXACIN 88 58 55 73
DONEPEZIL HCL 87 72 56 32
LYRICA 87 48 56 47
AZITHROMYCIN 87 68 56 36
KLOR-CON M20 83 81 59 66
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 80 68 60 209
CRESTOR 79 67 61 30
SPIRIVA 76 57 62 64
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 74 34 63 120
VENTOLIN HFA 72 52 64 83
FLUOXETINE HCL 71 54 65 51
VERAPAMIL ER 71 50 65 86
DIGOXIN 69 69 67 52
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 68 51 68 97
ROPINIROLE HCL 67 58 69 82
LANTUS 66 28 70 68
INSULIN SYRINGE 64 28 71 93
CELEBREX 64 53 71 98
CLONIDINE HCL 64 37 71 27
HUMALOG 60 20 74 192
PLAVIX 60 35 74 49
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 60 53 74 59
PEN NEEDLE 60 41 74 165
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 59 45 78 75
PROAIR HFA 58 41 79 50
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 58 32 79 69
ZETIA 58 46 79 95
QUINAPRIL HCL 56 34 82 117
RAMIPRIL 56 42 82 77
SUCRALFATE 55 34 84 144
BUPROPION HCL SR 55 25 84 183
FLUCONAZOLE 52 44 86 102
VYTORIN 51 45 87 201
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 51 39 87 46
DIOVAN 51 44 87 67
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. 28, 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.