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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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22,651Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 41 out of 1000

$894K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 78 out of 1000

583 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
70%Patients 65 Years and Older
66% 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
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

9% of this provider’s 583 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

30% of this provider’s 583 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 15,385 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

$39 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

39 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 1,082 570 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 944 670 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 938 705 3 7
SIMVASTATIN 737 606 4 3
GABAPENTIN 725 449 5 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 634 541 6 10
MELOXICAM 529 400 7 14
TRAMADOL HCL 526 341 8 13
LISINOPRIL 506 342 9 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 493 369 10 4
METFORMIN HCL 325 193 11 8
CLONIDINE HCL 323 224 12 27
CARVEDILOL 312 236 13 15
SERTRALINE HCL 300 239 14 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 294 202 15 6
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 274 168 16 16
ATENOLOL 274 187 16 24
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 244 212 18 19
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 242 193 19 9
RANITIDINE HCL 234 195 20 37
CITALOPRAM HBR 210 125 21 17
PREDNISONE 205 143 22 42
CLOPIDOGREL 193 165 23 35
PROMETHAZINE HCL 188 61 R 24 54
GLIPIZIDE 183 131 25 62
NEXIUM 176 65 26 23
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 174 113 27 20
CARISOPRODOL 164 20 R 28 72
RISPERIDONE 155 82 29 87
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 154 109 30 48
DIGOXIN 153 150 31 52
TAMSULOSIN HCL 152 152 32 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 151 137 33 57
LOVASTATIN 149 124 34 41
METHADONE HCL 147 38 S2 35 161
MECLIZINE HCL 146 92 36 80
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 145 103 37 111
TRAZODONE HCL 145 88 37 29
WARFARIN SODIUM 143 126 39 22
PLAVIX 142 129 40 49
SPIRONOLACTONE 141 119 41 78
DONEPEZIL HCL 133 133 42 32
ALLOPURINOL 133 108 42 31
VERAPAMIL ER 131 116 44 86
CYMBALTA 131 59 44 53
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 130 95 46 186
ROPINIROLE HCL 127 86 47 82
LYRICA 122 55 48 47
AZITHROMYCIN 119 91 49 36
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 116 107 50 58
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 109 71 R 51 45
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 108 98 52 18
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 104 30 R 53 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 103 99 54 21
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 98 54 55 70
PROAIR HFA 91 50 56 50
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 90 56 57 40
INSULIN SYRINGE 87 60 58 93
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 87 62 58 136
NAPROXEN 85 43 60 81
COLCRYS 85 53 60 171
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 82 59 62 99
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 76 48 63 187
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 73 36 64 28
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 73 70 64 69
METOLAZONE 72 67 66 167
DILTIAZEM ER 72 71 66 146
BUSPIRONE HCL 70 49 68 110
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 70 46 68 12
FENTANYL 70 40 S2 68 100
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 69 45 71 46
INDOMETHACIN 68 43 R 72 246
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 67 45 73 154
PAROXETINE HCL 66 0 74 63
BENZTROPINE MESYLATE 66 35 R 74 180
KLOR-CON M20 66 64 74 66
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 66 32 74 115
BENAZEPRIL HCL 65 54 78 61
NAMENDA 63 63 79 43
AVODART 62 62 80 214
LANTUS 61 40 81 68
VENTOLIN HFA 61 37 81 83
NIFEDICAL XL 57 44 83 232
CARBAMAZEPINE 57 28 83 225
HYDROXYZINE HCL 57 44 R 83 153
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 56 0 86 75
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 56 35 86 59
OXYCONTIN 55 19 S2 88 166
ABILIFY 54 0 89 198
GLYBURIDE 54 23 R 89 92
IBUPROFEN 52 29 91 94
CRESTOR 52 32 91 30
BACLOFEN 51 32 93 129
METHOCARBAMOL 51 24 R 93 79
MIRTAZAPINE 51 51 93 56
VENLAFAXINE HCL 50 37 96 259
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 March 1, 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.