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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,935Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 79 out of 1000

$986K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 56 out of 1000

590 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
46%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

13% of this provider’s 590 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

47% of this provider’s 590 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 8,582 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 21%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 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 1,843 589 S3 1 1
LISINOPRIL 695 378 2 5
OMEPRAZOLE 598 259 3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 460 232 4 6
SIMVASTATIN 441 276 5 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 407 140 6 16
FUROSEMIDE 407 223 6 7
METFORMIN HCL 395 227 8 8
TIZANIDINE HCL 373 103 9 76
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 346 214 10 4
ATENOLOL 313 217 11 24
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 295 160 12 9
SERTRALINE HCL 278 122 13 26
LOVASTATIN 253 67 14 41
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 234 87 15 28
TRAMADOL HCL 223 118 16 13
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 221 75 17 18
VENTOLIN HFA 212 62 18 83
NAPROXEN 209 61 19 81
NEXIUM 192 86 20 23
GABAPENTIN 187 78 21 11
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 174 26 R 22 39
ROPINIROLE HCL 172 36 23 82
LYRICA 167 33 24 47
CARVEDILOL 164 106 25 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 157 117 26 10
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 156 134 27 57
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 155 58 28 125
SPIRIVA 154 73 29 64
FLUOXETINE HCL 153 50 30 51
CLONIDINE HCL 140 71 31 27
OXYCODONE HCL 139 43 S2 32 118
ADVAIR DISKUS 130 25 33 65
LOVAZA 126 57 34 148
RANITIDINE HCL 124 48 35 37
PROAIR HFA 123 31 36 50
CRESTOR 122 62 37 30
FENOFIBRATE 122 28 37 55
MELOXICAM 121 42 39 14
ETODOLAC 112 40 40 152
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 112 53 40 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 105 52 42 19
WARFARIN SODIUM 104 72 43 22
KLOR-CON 10 104 41 43 104
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 101 40 45 97
CITALOPRAM HBR 99 13 46 17
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 98 84 47 12
CLOPIDOGREL 95 56 48 35
FENTANYL 93 36 S2 49 100
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 82 24 50 20
SYMBICORT 80 34 51 149
PREMARIN 80 18 R 51 109
TRAZODONE HCL 79 40 53 29
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 79 58 53 25
PROMETHAZINE HCL 79 29 R 53 54
CYMBALTA 76 13 56 53
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 75 44 57 58
GLIMEPIRIDE 75 55 57 34
GLIPIZIDE 75 43 57 62
LACTULOSE 73 48 60 162
PLAVIX 73 51 60 49
PREDNISONE 71 24 62 42
PAROXETINE HCL 69 17 63 63
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 67 40 64 120
BACLOFEN 66 26 65 129
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 66 38 65 71
ENDOCET 65 25 S2 67 107
DIOVAN 63 57 68 67
NASONEX 63 30 68 240
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 63 36 R 68 45
CARISOPRODOL 62 0 R 71 72
DONEPEZIL HCL 62 56 71 32
HUMULIN 70-30 62 23 71 131
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 62 19 71 60
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 62 21 71 40
PEN NEEDLE 61 37 76 165
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 60 18 77 132
CEFDINIR 60 29 77 122
LEVOFLOXACIN 59 37 79 73
FLUCONAZOLE 58 22 80 102
EVISTA 57 54 81 168
DIGOXIN 56 43 82 52
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 55 19 83 103
NYSTATIN 54 27 84 182
GLIPIZIDE ER 54 28 84 106
TOPIRAMATE 53 0 86 181
SINGULAIR 53 20 86 84
VESICARE 53 30 86 200
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 53 27 R 86 121
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 50 21 90 205
KLOR-CON M10 50 12 90 216
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. 24, 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.