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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,229Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 232 out of 1000

$465K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 283 out of 1000

278 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
44%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

21% of this provider’s 278 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

50% of this provider’s 278 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 4,711 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

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

Prescriptions per Patient

40 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 1,081 446 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 669 240 2 2
SIMVASTATIN 422 188 3 3
GABAPENTIN 366 105 4 11
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 276 175 5 6
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 259 95 6 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 254 119 7 17
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 227 106 8 10
TIZANIDINE HCL 213 48 9 76
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 209 127 10 4
METFORMIN HCL 198 70 11 8
NEXIUM 193 105 12 23
LYRICA 180 65 13 47
LISINOPRIL 171 83 14 5
ENDOCET 166 51 S2 15 107
FUROSEMIDE 164 91 16 7
MELOXICAM 145 19 17 14
SERTRALINE HCL 142 55 18 26
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 136 41 R 19 39
RANITIDINE HCL 128 32 20 37
PROMETHAZINE HCL 120 44 R 21 54
FLUOXETINE HCL 119 29 22 51
MIRTAZAPINE 118 53 23 56
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 116 37 24 9
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 103 17 S2 25 143
SPIRIVA 99 45 26 64
CELEBREX 98 66 27 98
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 86 36 28 111
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 85 0 29 19
SYMBICORT 82 44 30 149
IBUPROFEN 81 22 31 94
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 78 40 32 40
OXYCODONE HCL 77 27 S2 33 118
ALLOPURINOL 77 34 33 31
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 76 0 R 35 45
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 75 39 36 21
ATENOLOL 75 34 36 24
PROAIR HFA 74 35 38 50
LOVASTATIN 73 38 39 41
GLIMEPIRIDE 71 40 40 34
PREDNISONE 71 25 40 42
AZITHROMYCIN 69 28 42 36
VENTOLIN HFA 69 27 42 83
TRAZODONE HCL 68 28 44 29
LEVOFLOXACIN 68 42 44 73
ROPINIROLE HCL 64 27 46 82
NAPROXEN 61 30 47 81
CLOPIDOGREL 57 25 48 35
GLIPIZIDE 56 17 49 62
ESTRADIOL 56 25 R 49 114
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 55 45 51 18
PAROXETINE HCL 55 31 51 63
METHOCARBAMOL 55 25 R 51 79
DIOVAN HCT 54 30 54 96
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 53 27 55 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 53 25 55 28
DICYCLOMINE HCL 52 16 57 197
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 52 24 57 125
CLONIDINE HCL 50 20 59 27
RISPERIDONE 50 0 59 87
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 Oct. 10, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.