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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Pain Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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9,875Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 3 out of 14

$470K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 5 out of 14

237 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
25% Patients 65 Years and Older
70% 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 81928cdb0ebe162ff75cf405bfacadd396bf3ec84bc467b6f3e612dd63daa776 Average for
this specialty
in Alabama
Lower avg 72b1978e1dcc0b845f89d17d692cfff7aeaf8d8bce70310d8bfc535db2daf62a

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

51% of this provider’s 237 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 42%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

38% of this provider’s 237 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 52%.

Brand Name Drugs

15% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 14%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $66 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

42 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 17.


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.

B

A benzodiazepine, or tranquilizer. More » The American Geriatrics Society says these drugs increase the risk of cognitive impairment, delirium, falls and fractures in older adults.

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Recieving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For All Prescribers in
This Specialty in Alabama
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 516 108 87 S3 1 1
CILOSTAZOL 515 142 121 2 26
DIAZEPAM 503 110 88 B 3 6
OXYCODONE HCL 495 128 64 S2 4 5
HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE SULFATE 494 160 124 5 27
METFORMIN HCL ER 411 101 93 6 31
CARVEDILOL 384 122 78 7 33
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 352 79 81 8 34
SPIRONOLACTONE 351 92 86 9 35
AVODART 323 84 74 10 37
FENOFIBRATE* 275 76 59 11 39
GUANFACINE HCL 264 60 56 R 10 12 41
METHADONE HCL 241 29 15 S2 13 8
GABAPENTIN 232 62 37 14 3
TOPIRAMATE 201 27 44 15 42
HYDROMORPHONE HCL* 193 98 22 S2 16 22
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 191 43 31 17 7
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 190 26 46 R 18 25
CLONAZEPAM 187 24 33 B 19 11
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 162 32 36 20 51
THEOPHYLLINE ANHYDROUS 157 28 56 21 52
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 141 30 41 22 54
CHLORTHALIDONE 125 38 42 23 58
ALLOPURINOL 117 24 39 24 60
PIOGLITAZONE HCL 117 40 44 R 24 60
OMEPRAZOLE 111 33 23 26 40
TRAZODONE HCL 104 40 20 27 24
FENTANYL 101 11 11 S2 28 19
PROMETHAZINE HCL 95 17 15 R 29 16
TIZANIDINE HCL 94 <11 17 30 13
ULORIC 90 18 22 31 66
VICTOZA 3-PAK 72 18 21 32 67
ACETAZOLAMIDE 70 25 20 33 68
CITALOPRAM HBR 66 33 11 34 55
MORPHINE SULFATE 65 <11 14 S2 35 14
LYRICA 64 <11 16 36 15
VICTOZA 2-PAK 58 26 24 37 73
MELOXICAM 50 <11 12 38 8
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. ProPublica combined that data with additional information released by CMS. The data for 2013 includes nearly 1.4 billion prescriptions written by 1.3 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 410,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. Almost three-fourths of these prescriptions 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.
  • 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. 4, 2015.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.