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RONALD HELMS M.D.

70 PLAZA DR INRI MEDICAL ASSOCIATES PC DBA NORTHSIDE MEDICAL

Pell city | Alabama | 35125

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2016

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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32,922Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 14 out of 1032 providers in this state and specialty

$1.44M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 37 out of 1032 providers in this state and specialty

1,071 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86% Patients 65 Years and Older

30% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Alabama
lower than average

Antipsychotics

4% of this provider’s 926 patients who are 65 and older filled at least one prescription for an antipsychotic drug, compared to an average of 3%.

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Antibiotics

42% of this provider’s 1,071 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 37%.

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Opioids

30% of this provider’s 1,071 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 24%.

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Brand Name Drugs

17% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 15%.

Prescription Price

$44 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $58 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

31 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 18.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2014. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.42M

2014

$1.5M

2015

$1.44M

2016

Number of Claims

32,869

2014

33,780

2015

32,922

2016

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

An antipsychotic drug. More » Antipsychotics are frequently given to dementia patients, though it increases their risk of death.

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 Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 1,360

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

1,219

prescriptions.

205

patients, 19% of all patients

1 3
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 1,188

prescriptions, 4% of all prescriptions

1,066

prescriptions.

218

patients, 20% of all patients

2 6
OMEPRAZOLE 1,142

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

1,040

prescriptions.

181

patients, 17% of all patients

3 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 970

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

922

prescriptions.

173

patients, 16% of all patients

4 4
LISINOPRIL 890

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

790

prescriptions.

182

patients, 17% of all patients

5 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 826

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

709

prescriptions.

212

patients, 20% of all patients

O 6 1
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 694

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

632

prescriptions.

145

patients, 14% of all patients

7 12
FUROSEMIDE 646

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

580

prescriptions.

139

patients, 13% of all patients

8 10
SIMVASTATIN 646

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

571

prescriptions.

117

patients, 11% of all patients

8 9
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 634

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

548

prescriptions.

120

patients, 11% of all patients

10 15
METFORMIN HCL 599

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

544

prescriptions.

110

patients, 10% of all patients

11 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 597

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

592

prescriptions.

82

patients, 8% of all patients

12 38
GABAPENTIN 579

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

465

prescriptions.

111

patients, 10% of all patients

13 7
CITALOPRAM HBR 512

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

421

prescriptions.

84

patients, 8% of all patients

14 24
MELOXICAM 485

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

421

prescriptions.

94

patients, 9% of all patients

15 17
CARVEDILOL 409

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

360

prescriptions.

74

patients, 7% of all patients

16 19
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 385

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

349

prescriptions.

80

patients, 7% of all patients

17 23
MEMANTINE HCL 382

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

382

prescriptions.

49

patients, 5% of all patients

18 80
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 382

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

377

prescriptions.

64

patients, 6% of all patients

18 16
TAMSULOSIN HCL 372

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

367

prescriptions.

72

patients, 7% of all patients

20 27
ALPRAZOLAM 367

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

253

prescriptions.

78

patients, 7% of all patients

21 11
CLONAZEPAM 362

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

232

prescriptions.

58

patients, 5% of all patients

22 21
FLUOXETINE HCL 354

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

298

prescriptions.

57

patients, 5% of all patients

23 50
WARFARIN SODIUM 344

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

326

prescriptions.

44

patients, 4% of all patients

24 36
CLOPIDOGREL 341

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

336

prescriptions.

67

patients, 6% of all patients

25 29
TRAMADOL HCL 332

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

278

prescriptions.

83

patients, 8% of all patients

O 26 14
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 316

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

291

prescriptions.

73

patients, 7% of all patients

27 18
SERTRALINE HCL 306

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

279

prescriptions.

50

patients, 5% of all patients

28 26
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 300

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

295

prescriptions.

56

patients, 5% of all patients

29 20
TRAZODONE HCL 297

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

244

prescriptions.

51

patients, 5% of all patients

30 22
PREDNISONE 293

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

259

prescriptions.

127

patients, 12% of all patients

31 43
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 272

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

252

prescriptions.

48

patients, 4% of all patients

32 32
METFORMIN HCL ER 257

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

205

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

33 47
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 256

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

224

prescriptions.

47

patients, 4% of all patients

34 13
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 243

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

203

prescriptions.

95

patients, 9% of all patients

35 30
ATENOLOL 235

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

187

prescriptions.

51

patients, 5% of all patients

36 33
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 217

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

195

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

37 28
LORAZEPAM 209

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

181

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

38 31
LEVOFLOXACIN 205

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

159

patients, 15% of all patients

A 39 54
ALLOPURINOL 204

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

199

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

40 35
PAROXETINE HCL 188

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

41 63
CLONIDINE HCL 187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

175

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

42 48
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 186

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

170

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

43 109
ELIQUIS 183

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

168

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

44 123
LYRICA 165

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

128

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

45 45
SPIRONOLACTONE 161

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

147

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

46 71
MIRTAZAPINE 160

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

155

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

47 49
SPIRIVA 149

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

48 118
RANITIDINE HCL 148

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

131

prescriptions.

26

patients, 2% of all patients

49 42
TEMAZEPAM 148

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

124

prescriptions.

40

patients, 4% of all patients

49 73
HYDRALAZINE HCL 146

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

141

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

51 59
ROPINIROLE HCL 144

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

52 64
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 144

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

52 34
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 141

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

136

prescriptions.

116

patients, 11% of all patients

A 54 56
GLIMEPIRIDE 140

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

55 40
DULOXETINE HCL 137

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

106

prescriptions.

24

patients, 2% of all patients

56 39
SYMBICORT 132

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

117

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

57 105
ESOMEPRAZOLE MAGNESIUM 131

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

58 81
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 130

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

130

prescriptions.

23

patients, 2% of all patients

59 69
LOVASTATIN 127

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

122

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

60 62
BACLOFEN 127

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

31

patients, 3% of all patients

60 76
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 126

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

30

patients, 3% of all patients

62 25
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 121

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

O 63 44
METHYLPREDNISOLONE 119

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

101

patients, 9% of all patients

64 70
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 119

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

100

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

64 89
FINASTERIDE 116

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

116

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

66 119
BUMETANIDE 114

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

109

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

67 127
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 112

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

107

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

68 83
VALSARTAN 108

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

108

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

69 114
PROPRANOLOL HCL 103

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

70 198
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 101

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

71 103
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 101

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

71 53
TERAZOSIN HCL 101

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

71 177
INVOKANA 97

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

67

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

74 147
GLIPIZIDE 96

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

91

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

75 61
SUCRALFATE 95

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

76 117
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 94

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

36

patients, 3% of all patients

77 157
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 93

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

93

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

78 126
BUSPIRONE HCL 93

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

74

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

78 72
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 91

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

80 158
LEVOCETIRIZINE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 90

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

81 66
FENOFIBRATE* 89

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

82 173
NEXIUM 87

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

68

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

83 87
HYDROCORTISONE 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

25

patients, 2% of all patients

84 292
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

85

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

84 140
AMOXICILLIN-CLAVULANATE POTASS 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

75

patients, 7% of all patients

A 84 99
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

84 37
LATANOPROST 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

83

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

88 172
PRAMIPEXOLE DIHYDROCHLORIDE 83

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

78

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

88 124
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

P 90 51
XARELTO 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

91 104
MUPIROCIN* 81

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

61

patients, 6% of all patients

91 141
LEVEMIR 80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

<11 93 160
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 80

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

93 97
GLIPIZIDE ER 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

95 106
ADVAIR DISKUS 79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

95 121
LEVETIRACETAM 78

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

73

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

97 116
LANTUS 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

72

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

98 108
NAMENDA XR 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

<11 98 88
FENOFIBRATE* 77

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

55

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

98 68
PRIMIDONE 76

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

101 210
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

75

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

102 139
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

102 100
FLUCONAZOLE 75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

49

prescriptions.

41

patients, 4% of all patients

102 79
FAMOTIDINE* 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

105 74
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 70

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

105 67
AMIODARONE HCL 69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

107 156
AZITHROMYCIN 67

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

65

patients, 6% of all patients

A 108 46
OXYCODONE HCL 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

O 109 60
VENTOLIN HFA 66

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

61

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

109 86
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 65

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

111 78
LACTULOSE 64

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

64

prescriptions.

<11 112 165
GLIPIZIDE XL 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

47

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

113 278
NOVOLOG 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

113 166
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 62

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

57

prescriptions.

29

patients, 3% of all patients

113 129
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

47

patients, 4% of all patients

A 116 65
ONDANSETRON HCL* 60

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

117 110
RISPERIDONE 59

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

P 118 113
NYSTATIN 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

119 148
DIAZEPAM 58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

16

patients, 1% of all patients

119 57
PROAIR HFA 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

121 52
BUPROPION XL 56

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

37

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

121 125
ZETIA 54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

123 85
CRESTOR 53

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

48

prescriptions.

14

patients, 1% of all patients

124 55
CELECOXIB 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

<11 125 90
RAMIPRIL 52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

<11 125 95
VALACYCLOVIR 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

127 259
BENAZEPRIL HCL 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

50

prescriptions.

<11 128 91
CEFUROXIME 50

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

47

patients, 4% of all patients

A 128 136
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. The data for 2016 includes more than 1.5 billion prescriptions written by 1.1 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists over 460,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than 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 there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 30, 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.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.