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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,215Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 466 out of 1031

$258K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 590 out of 1031

241 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
58% Patients 65 Years and Older
59% 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

7% of this provider’s 241 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

50% of this provider’s 241 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 18%.

Brand Name Drugs

14% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 19%.

Prescription Price

$36 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

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


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 870 330 111 S3 1 1
ALPRAZOLAM 414 148 68 B 2 12
SIMVASTATIN 210 148 29 3 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 203 138 36 4 14
TRAMADOL HCL 202 73 49 5 15
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 158 120 28 6 13
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 157 92 46 7 38
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 149 100 23 8 22
OMEPRAZOLE 148 63 26 9 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 148 112 27 9 3
METFORMIN HCL 146 99 22 11 8
TIZANIDINE HCL 125 23 35 12 61
FUROSEMIDE 110 78 22 13 7
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 106 50 48 14 39
AMOXICILLIN 105 43 57 15 87
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 103 79 14 16 5
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 101 35 16 17 20
MELOXICAM 100 74 25 18 16
CLONAZEPAM 85 27 12 B 19 29
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 81 40 12 20 23
FLUCONAZOLE 78 35 31 21 102
PROAIR HFA 77 29 20 22 42
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 77 34 12 S3 22 127
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 75 19 16 R 24 51
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 74 69* 11 25 9
LISINOPRIL 68 39 12 26 6
PREDNISONE 67 52 19 27 47
FLUOXETINE HCL 65 50 11 28 56
ATENOLOL 64 <11 <11 29 28
LORAZEPAM 64 30 17 B 29 31
PROMETHAZINE HCL 64 19 19 R 29 67
GABAPENTIN 62 35 12 32 11
CRESTOR 61 <11 <11 33 36
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 60 <11 <11 34 43
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 57 <11 <11 S2 35 92
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 54 27 36 36 69
RAMIPRIL 53 <11 <11 37 79
CEPHALEXIN 50 30 31 38 94
CLOPIDOGREL 50 <11 <11 38 25
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 June 25, 2008.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.