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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,281Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 15

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 15

982 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
97%Patients 65 Years and Older
14% 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

2% of this provider’s 982 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 982 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 20,032 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,003 980 1 1
SIMVASTATIN 908 903 2 4
OMEPRAZOLE 662 662 3 5
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 618 618 4 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 589 588 5 9
LISINOPRIL 565 557 6 6
NAMENDA 491 491 7 13
FUROSEMIDE 459 458 8 7
CARVEDILOL 440 435 9 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 437 436 10 12
WARFARIN SODIUM 386 383 11 10
TRAMADOL HCL 377 376 12 19
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 328 315 13 22
GABAPENTIN 304 301 14 11
TRAZODONE HCL 299 295 15 17
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 294 293 16 23
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 290 288 17 16
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 267 267 18 18
MIRTAZAPINE 261 261 19 15
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 257 252 20 21
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 243 239 S3 21 2
SERTRALINE HCL 235 235 22 20
SPIRONOLACTONE 209 208 23 33
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 205 192 24 29
METFORMIN HCL 200 198 25 14
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 176 176 26 30
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 173 172 27 28
CYMBALTA 166 145 28 26
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 159 159 29 41
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 155 150 30 38
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 152 145 31 27
TAMSULOSIN HCL 148 148 32 40
HYDRALAZINE HCL 144 143 33 37
MELOXICAM 143 143 34 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 134 134 35 34
NEXIUM 128 127 36 24
GLIMEPIRIDE 120 116 37 42
DIOVAN 119 115 38 48
KLOR-CON M20 114 113 39 59
ATENOLOL 111 107 40 36
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 106 105 41 46
CLOPIDOGREL 106 106 41 31
BUSPIRONE HCL 100 88 43 69
PREDNISONE 97 95 44 39
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 96 94 45 55
DIGOXIN 94 94 46 53
PAROXETINE HCL 92 92 47 64
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 92 92 47 32
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 89 77 R 49 80
SYNTHROID 88 88 50 71
EXELON 87 87 51 54
PLAVIX 87 87 51 44
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 85 85 53 86
FLUOXETINE HCL 81 81 54 65
ALLOPURINOL 80 80 55 58
GALANTAMINE HBR 78 78 56 72
RISPERIDONE 77 77 57 52
LYRICA 76 71 58 55
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 75 75 59 43
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 75 75 59 124
ADVAIR DISKUS 74 74 61 60
MEGESTROL ACETATE 72 72 R 62 83
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 72 72 62 66
LOVASTATIN 71 71 64 82
KLOR-CON M10 70 69 65 130
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 68 65 66 61
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 68 68 66 94
DIOVAN HCT 67 67 68 91
PRADAXA 67 67 68 135
PROPRANOLOL HCL 66 65 70 137
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 65 65 71 47
CRESTOR 65 65 71 90
AZITHROMYCIN 64 59 73 45
FAMOTIDINE 64 64 73 141
VESICARE 63 63 75 142
PREMARIN 62 61 R 76 97
SPIRIVA 61 55 77 62
RAMIPRIL 60 57 78 51
LOPERAMIDE 59 59 79 148
CLONIDINE HCL 59 59 79 49
RIVASTIGMINE 58 58 81 149
NITROFURANTOIN 56 56 82 92
GLIPIZIDE 54 54 83 75
ACTONEL 54 54 83 153
FENOFIBRATE 54 53 83 93
JANUVIA 53 52 86 78
KLOR-CON 8 51 51 87 158
QUINAPRIL HCL 51 51 87 85
SEROQUEL 51 51 87 76
RANITIDINE HCL 50 50 90 101
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 Feb. 11, 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.