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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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17,725Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 93 out of 1000

$869K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 85 out of 1000

492 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
49%Patients 65 Years and Older
83% 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

11% of this provider’s 492 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

36% of this provider’s 492 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

4% 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

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

Prescription Price

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

Prescriptions per Patient

36 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 1,056 370 S3 1 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 674 391 2 6
METFORMIN HCL 547 322 3 8
SIMVASTATIN 538 321 4 3
FUROSEMIDE 483 328 5 7
LISINOPRIL 342 127 6 5
OMEPRAZOLE 298 115 7 2
BENAZEPRIL HCL 284 183 8 61
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 281 178 9 18
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 276 204 10 59
ATENOLOL 271 212 11 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 244 131 12 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 232 162 13 10
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 225 149 14 4
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 220 68 15 16
MELOXICAM 219 84 16 14
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 217 103 17 48
CRESTOR 211 116 18 30
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 207 64 19 99
NAPROXEN SODIUM 205 86 20 287
NEXIUM 200 92 21 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 191 128 22 19
CARVEDILOL 189 129 23 15
GLIPIZIDE ER 181 118 24 106
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 180 44 R 25 39
NIFEDIPINE ER 179 144 26 130
RANITIDINE HCL 179 95 26 37
GLIMEPIRIDE 162 129 28 34
KLOR-CON M20 139 76 29 66
AMOXICILLIN 139 39 29 89
LANTUS 134 88 31 68
PROAIR HFA 128 71 32 50
NORTRIPTYLINE HCL 127 73 33 251
CLONIDINE HCL 127 61 33 27
IBUPROFEN 124 37 35 94
PREDNISONE 119 55 36 42
CYMBALTA 118 26 37 53
TRAMADOL HCL 117 61 38 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 114 60 39 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 114 66 39 12
SERTRALINE HCL 109 59 41 26
HYDROXYZINE HCL 108 47 R 42 153
CLOPIDOGREL 106 65 43 35
PLAVIX 100 70 44 49
VERAPAMIL ER 99 34 45 86
DONEPEZIL HCL 97 97 46 32
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 95 50 47 46
NIFEDICAL XL 90 78 48 232
INSULIN SYRINGE 90 58 48 93
RAMIPRIL 89 40 50 77
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 86 27 51 60
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 84 71 52 71
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 83 45 S3 53 127
DETROL LA 83 80 53 208
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 83 43 53 21
INDOMETHACIN 81 76 R 56 246
CELEBREX 80 45 57 98
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 79 35 S2 58 138
PROMETHAZINE HCL 77 12 R 59 54
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 77 52 59 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 77 24 59 28
DIOVAN 76 52 62 67
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 75 49 63 145
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 74 32 64 40
CITALOPRAM HBR 73 24 65 17
TRAZODONE HCL 72 12 66 29
CARISOPRODOL 70 0 R 67 72
GLIPIZIDE XL 70 27 67 138
ESTRADIOL 68 39 R 69 114
SINGULAIR 67 29 70 84
PREMARIN 65 36 R 71 109
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 63 35 72 194
LYRICA 62 12 73 47
ENDOCET 61 14 S2 74 107
LIPITOR 60 41 75 170
MEDROXYPROGESTERONE ACETATE 58 15 76 419
GABAPENTIN 58 12 76 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 57 25 78 22
VENTOLIN HFA 54 11 79 83
PAROXETINE HCL 54 20 79 63
GLIPIZIDE 53 53 81 62
MECLIZINE HCL 52 37 82 80
SPIRIVA 52 39 82 64
MOEXIPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 51 51 84 340
ZETIA 51 46 84 95
FENTANYL 51 26 S2 84 100
METOLAZONE 50 33 87 167
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 July 8, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.