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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,749Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 126 out of 1000

$695K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 146 out of 1000

679 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
50%Patients 65 Years and Older
91% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 679 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 20%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

5% of this provider’s 8,594 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

23 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 765 493 1 6
METFORMIN HCL 511 287 2 8
LISINOPRIL 460 258 3 5
FUROSEMIDE 418 230 4 7
CLONIDINE HCL 402 205 5 27
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 377 250 6 10
TRAMADOL HCL 360 193 7 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 340 198 8 9
QUINAPRIL HCL 326 220 9 117
CARVEDILOL 290 117 10 15
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 290 160 10 18
SIMVASTATIN 284 186 12 3
OMEPRAZOLE 284 181 12 2
LOVASTATIN 272 153 14 41
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 235 67 S3 15 1
FAMOTIDINE 227 133 16 88
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 223 148 17 59
CRESTOR 200 124 18 30
LYRICA 196 77 19 47
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 196 104 19 48
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 188 100 R 21 45
ATENOLOL 179 119 22 24
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 172 89 23 20
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 171 122 24 4
DIOVAN 163 94 25 67
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 160 103 R 26 121
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 156 78 27 25
TIZANIDINE HCL 147 52 28 76
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 143 99 29 12
RAMIPRIL 137 92 30 77
NEXIUM 136 54 31 23
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 136 68 31 19
PROAIR HFA 124 59 33 50
GLIMEPIRIDE 124 54 33 34
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 118 29 R 35 39
METFORMIN HCL ER 116 64 36 44
IBUPROFEN 113 39 37 94
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 113 84 S3 37 127
DIOVAN HCT 110 67 39 96
WARFARIN SODIUM 110 44 39 22
GLIPIZIDE 108 36 41 62
NAPROXEN 107 47 42 81
INSULIN SYRINGE 104 52 43 93
HYDRALAZINE HCL 102 86 44 74
BENAZEPRIL HCL 101 50 45 61
SINGULAIR 100 55 46 84
ADVAIR DISKUS 96 51 47 65
METHOCARBAMOL 94 20 R 48 79
GABAPENTIN 93 28 49 11
SERTRALINE HCL 92 39 50 26
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 91 36 51 16
CLOPIDOGREL 91 63 51 35
ALLOPURINOL 90 59 53 31
LANTUS 89 47 54 68
ACTOS 84 42 55 119
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 83 50 56 71
PLAVIX 79 55 57 49
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 73 27 58 120
DIGOXIN 71 28 59 52
RANITIDINE HCL 71 56 59 37
SPIRONOLACTONE 71 40 59 78
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 71 23 59 159
GLIPIZIDE ER 69 44 63 106
GLIPIZIDE XL 67 56 64 138
CITALOPRAM HBR 65 28 65 17
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 63 23 66 123
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 62 35 67 132
KLOR-CON M20 62 31 67 66
HUMULIN 70-30 61 22 69 131
DILTIAZEM HCL 60 36 70 230
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 59 46 71 21
NIFEDICAL XL 58 34 72 232
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 56 19 73 40
NOVOLIN 70-30 56 38 73 160
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 54 13 75 115
LIPITOR 54 21 75 170
NASONEX 52 23 77 240
DILTIAZEM ER 52 28 77 146
COLCRYS 50 46 79 171
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 Dec. 3, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.