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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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23,213Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 33 out of 1000

$2.57M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 1000

744 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
54%Patients 65 Years and Older
73% 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

4% of this provider’s 744 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

43% of this provider’s 744 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 11,767 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$111 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 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 1,892 688 S3 1 1
OMEPRAZOLE 785 391 2 2
LISINOPRIL 670 348 3 5
ATENOLOL 526 313 4 24
SIMVASTATIN 501 296 5 3
FUROSEMIDE 466 265 6 7
METFORMIN HCL 462 238 7 8
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 433 176 8 16
TRAMADOL HCL 423 168 9 13
WARFARIN SODIUM 410 299 10 22
MELOXICAM 390 211 11 14
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 378 212 12 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 374 262 13 10
GABAPENTIN 363 156 14 11
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 345 158 15 103
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 327 162 16 12
PROMETHAZINE HCL 320 81 R 17 54
CLONIDINE HCL 304 167 18 27
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 282 135 19 6
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 271 157 20 99
METHOCARBAMOL 271 105 R 20 79
TRAZODONE HCL 264 92 22 29
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 244 137 23 101
PROAIR HFA 218 74 24 50
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 198 108 25 28
CITALOPRAM HBR 197 94 26 17
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 195 83 27 19
AMOXICILLIN 194 82 28 89
TAMSULOSIN HCL 188 158 29 33
SERTRALINE HCL 188 56 29 26
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 187 88 31 60
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 186 133 32 9
ETODOLAC 185 82 33 152
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 183 34 R 34 39
CEPHALEXIN 161 73 35 90
CARISOPRODOL 159 12 R 36 72
CARVEDILOL 159 129 36 15
LYRICA 159 42 36 47
CLOPIDOGREL 158 101 39 35
DONEPEZIL HCL 158 118 39 32
GLIPIZIDE 155 88 41 62
DICYCLOMINE HCL 151 74 42 197
PAROXETINE HCL 148 48 43 63
AZITHROMYCIN 144 71 44 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 133 82 45 18
MECLIZINE HCL 132 86 46 80
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 132 50 46 70
KLOR-CON 8 130 77 48 217
ROPINIROLE HCL 125 70 49 82
TIZANIDINE HCL 123 31 50 76
PENTOXIFYLLINE 118 33 51 239
ALLOPURINOL 115 46 52 31
NEXIUM 110 39 53 23
RANITIDINE HCL 109 78 54 37
RAMIPRIL 107 58 55 77
DIGOXIN 104 79 56 52
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 103 61 R 57 45
IBUPROFEN 103 49 57 94
FOSINOPRIL SODIUM 99 31 59 154
DETROL LA 96 65 60 208
ACTONEL 94 72 61 241
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 93 56 62 21
FLUCONAZOLE 93 56 62 102
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 92 51 64 48
GLIPIZIDE ER 90 55 65 106
PIROXICAM 89 0 66 293
MIRTAZAPINE 88 60 67 56
NAMENDA 86 79 68 43
GEMFIBROZIL 85 34 69 105
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 43 70 51
PLAVIX 75 48 71 49
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 74 34 72 46
SPIRONOLACTONE 74 51 72 78
SUCRALFATE 73 46 74 144
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 73 57 74 191
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 67 42 76 75
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 54 76 25
RISPERIDONE 66 56 78 87
ADVAIR DISKUS 66 15 78 65
VESICARE 65 50 80 200
ZETIA 65 41 80 95
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 28 82 20
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 64 57 82 58
INSULIN SYRINGE 64 17 82 93
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 64 53 82 69
CYMBALTA 62 18 86 53
CRESTOR 61 48 87 30
CELEBREX 61 27 87 98
CEFUROXIME 60 23 89 133
LANTUS 59 34 90 68
PREDNISONE 58 24 91 42
LIDODERM 56 20 92 220
HYDROXYZINE HCL 54 36 R 93 153
LOVASTATIN 54 44 93 41
HYDRALAZINE HCL 54 32 93 74
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 53 22 96 120
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 53 22 96 115
EXELON 51 51 98 108
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 50 19 99 274
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. 16, 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.