ProPublica

Journalism in the Public Interest

Cancel

Prescriber Checkup

JAMES BLANTON MD

2018 BROOKWOOD MEDICAL CENTER DRIVE SUITE G5 BROOKWOOD PROFESSIONAL BUILDING

Birmingham | Alabama | 35209

(205) 877-2900

Incorrect Info?
Search this name in Dollars for Docs »
See this provider's services »

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Internal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

See Other Prescribers With This Specialty in This State »

13,188Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 198 out of 780

$673K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 182 out of 780

617 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
82%Patients 65 Years and Older
53% 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

7% of this provider’s 617 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 617 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 19%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 10,732 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $51 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 23.


Another View

This chart shows a different comparison of all providers in this specialty based on their mix of drugs and volume. Providers are grouped by similarity; those least like their peers are farthest to the right. Hover over the bars to see names of other prescribers.

← Prescribers more like their peers Prescribers less like their peers →
KEY: How to read this
chart

Fewer Prescribers
More Prescribers

This Prescriber
Hover to see more prescribers

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.

Click to Filter by Category

Clear Filter


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
LISINOPRIL 502 392 1 6
SIMVASTATIN 488 398 2 2
FUROSEMIDE 480 416 3 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 447 411 4 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 444 306 S3 5 1
CARVEDILOL 326 262 6 14
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 277 248 7 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 277 246 7 11
OMEPRAZOLE 256 233 9 3
CITALOPRAM HBR 240 228 10 23
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 212 156 11 17
WARFARIN SODIUM 204 175 12 24
GABAPENTIN 201 139 13 13
TRAZODONE HCL 201 157 13 35
MIRTAZAPINE 182 173 15 58
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 166 146 16 10
VERAPAMIL ER 164 142 17 78
TAMSULOSIN HCL 146 134 18 36
DONEPEZIL HCL 141 136 19 31
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 135 116 20 19
NAMENDA 135 134 20 46
METFORMIN HCL 118 98 22 8
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 109 69 23 61
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 107 81 24 103
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 104 91 25 49
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 104 80 25 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 102 96 27 20
LEVETIRACETAM 101 53 28 130
PREDNISONE 100 71 29 40
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 99 60 30 9
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 97 90 31 12
DIGOXIN 96 89 32 56
TRAMADOL HCL 95 76 33 15
PROMETHAZINE HCL 86 54 R 34 66
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 85 79 35 50
RISPERIDONE 84 60 36 98
NOVOLOG 82 76 37 158
LABETALOL HCL 82 63 37 159
OLANZAPINE 80 64 39 191
ALLOPURINOL 78 64 40 29
CLONIDINE HCL 78 77 40 28
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 77 70 42 81
LANTUS 76 75 43 71
CLOPIDOGREL 74 57 44 34
FLUOXETINE HCL 73 32 45 65
NEXIUM 72 49 46 22
SERTRALINE HCL 71 64 47 27
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 70 58 48 119
DIOVAN 68 59 49 55
FINASTERIDE 66 66 50 150
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 65 57 51 135
PLAVIX 65 52 51 45
ATENOLOL 65 58 51 21
DOXAZOSIN MESYLATE 63 63 54 97
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 61 47 55 163
LOVASTATIN 57 54 56 47
MELOXICAM 57 56 56 16
ISOSORBIDE DINITRATE 54 42 58 218
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 53 45 59 124
JANUVIA 52 40 60 85
HYDRALAZINE HCL 51 25 61 54
HALOPERIDOL 51 51 61 251
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 »

Incorrect Info?

If you are a provider and you believe your address is incorrect, check the listing you created on the National Provider Identifier registry. If you change your listing, send a note to drugs@propublica.org and we will update your information. If you have other questions about this data, send a note to drugs@propublica.org.

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.