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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2013

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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19,886Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 106 out of 1031

$744K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 180 out of 1031

766 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
72% Patients 65 Years and Older
48% 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

2% of this provider’s 766 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 766 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

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $49 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

26 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
SIMVASTATIN 1,042 818 172 1 4
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 921 461 150 S3 2 1
LISINOPRIL 896 704 169 3 6
OMEPRAZOLE 884 712 163 4 2
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 845 701 139 5 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 651 560 104 6 3
CARVEDILOL 574 426 106 7 17
METFORMIN HCL 502 362 98 8 8
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 449 297 88 9 23
FUROSEMIDE 410 345 83 10 7
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 410 336 78 10 14
CLONAZEPAM 364 208 63 B 12 29
RANITIDINE HCL 355 265 68 13 44
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 291 230 55 14 22
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 282 237 53 15 13
MELOXICAM 249 175 63 16 16
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 240 229 46 17 19
LOVASTATIN 227 209 38 18 52
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 218 199 31 19 37
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 217 129 49 20 10
CRESTOR 210 154 38 21 36
CLOPIDOGREL 207 165 41 22 25
GABAPENTIN 201 137 42 23 11
GLIMEPIRIDE 197 134 37 24 40
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 194 142 35 25 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 190 177 28 26 9
TRAMADOL HCL 189 147 39 27 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 189 135 30 27 27
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 188 172 31 29 66
ALPRAZOLAM 187 117 32 B 30 12
CITALOPRAM HBR 181 121 39 31 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 165 123 58 32 39
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 161 111 32 33 21
DONEPEZIL HCL 145 145 22 34 41
SERTRALINE HCL 142 107 22 35 30
ADVAIR DISKUS 125 94 31 36 70
TAMSULOSIN HCL 119 87 18 37 33
NEXIUM 118 102 26 38 26
ALLOPURINOL 110 83 19 39 35
CLONIDINE HCL 108 76 21 40 34
METFORMIN HCL ER 108 80 19 40 48
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 106 53 21 42 24
PROAIR HFA 103 59 37 43 42
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 102 74 19 R 44 54
ATENOLOL 102 86 18 44 28
HYDRALAZINE HCL 101 87 25 46 75
ACETAMINOPHEN-CODEINE 98 72 21 S3 47 127
PAROXETINE HCL 97 51 19 48 64
VENTOLIN HFA 96 69 33 49 182
TORSEMIDE 93 88* 12 50 144
PREDNISONE 92 64 41 51 47
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 90 69 14 52 106
ZETIA 88 77 11 53 78
VALSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 86 <11 <11 54 97
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 85 72 22 55 80
BISOPROLOL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 84 79* 13 56 105
MIRTAZAPINE 81 55 17 57 59
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 80 69 12 58 43
FLUOXETINE HCL 77 <11 <11 59 56
LANTUS 76 44 15 60 85
LORAZEPAM 75 62 19 B 61 31
SPIRONOLACTONE 72 <11 <11 62 77
AMIODARONE HCL 69 64* 12 63 160
FENTANYL 68 <11 <11 S2 64 108
NAMENDA 68 68 11 64 45
VERAPAMIL ER 65 60* 14 66 96
LEVOFLOXACIN 63 45 50 67 58
HUMULIN 70-30 61 <11 <11 68 156
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 60 14 19 R 69 51
FAMOTIDINE* 59 <11 <11 70 95
MONTELUKAST SODIUM 59 34 15 70 38
HYDROXYZINE HCL 58 45 11 R 72 148
DIGOX 58 53* 11 72 103
BD ULTRA-FINE PEN NEEDLE 57 34 15 74 149
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 57 20 11 74 135
TRAZODONE HCL 56 18 15 76 32
JANUVIA 55 41 11 77 72
FLUCONAZOLE 52 18 21 78 102
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 51 <11 <11 79 62
JANUMET 50 <11 <11 80 196
SYNTHROID 50 <11 <11 80 86
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 Dec. 6, 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.