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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,737Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 170 out of 1677

$658K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 206 out of 1677

647 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
75%Patients 65 Years and Older
82% 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
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this specialty
in Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 647 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

24% of this provider’s 647 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,324 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$48 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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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 Georgia
SIMVASTATIN 539 444 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 521 397 S3 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 422 317 3 2
LISINOPRIL 382 295 4 3
NEXIUM 360 307 5 19
FUROSEMIDE 356 316 6 8
TORSEMIDE 343 305 7 152
TRAMADOL HCL 343 313 7 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 273 218 9 9
METFORMIN HCL 252 161 10 7
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 249 213 11 5
OMEPRAZOLE 240 203 12 6
CARVEDILOL 237 211 13 20
DILTIAZEM ER 228 197 14 143
CLONIDINE HCL 206 170 15 36
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 196 149 16 14
GABAPENTIN 166 150 17 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 154 147 18 24
ALLOPURINOL 153 141 19 31
COUMADIN 150 143 20 274
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 143 128 21 59
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 139 113 22 92
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 139 133 22 12
RANITIDINE HCL 139 117 22 18
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 130 101 25 42
ATENOLOL 127 111 26 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 126 106 27 13
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 122 79 28 10
GLIMEPIRIDE 120 108 29 33
FAMOTIDINE 119 97 30 41
MELOXICAM 117 92 31 27
MIRTAZAPINE 113 106 32 62
DIOVAN 107 86 33 45
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 102 80 34 17
GEODON 101 83 35 319
KLOR-CON M20 97 81 36 65
NAPROXEN 96 76 37 87
ZETIA 95 60 38 75
DIOVAN HCT 91 55 39 66
BENAZEPRIL HCL 91 66 39 53
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 89 82 41 76
INSULIN SYRINGE 88 76 42 72
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 85 77 43 25
LANTUS 85 64 43 44
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 83 76 45 144
CRESTOR 80 62 46 28
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 74 54 47 85
LACTULOSE 74 64 47 183
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 73 56 49 95
KLOR-CON 10 72 72 50 106
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 70 58 51 57
PLAVIX 69 60 52 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 65 50 53 23
CLOPIDOGREL 64 49 54 32
CELEBREX 63 58 55 102
HYDRALAZINE HCL 63 54 55 69
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 62 47 57 15
DONEPEZIL HCL 61 61 58 30
NOVOLIN R 60 55 59 133
ROPINIROLE HCL 58 45 60 79
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 58 41 R 60 52
CITALOPRAM HBR 58 50 60 22
PROMETHAZINE HCL 58 51 R 60 64
LIPITOR 56 40 64 101
TAMSULOSIN HCL 55 54 65 34
NIFEDIPINE ER 55 42 65 98
ADVAIR DISKUS 53 43 67 54
LEVEMIR 53 53 67 157
LYRICA 52 40 69 81
PREMARIN 52 35 R 69 109
SERTRALINE HCL 52 39 69 26
GLYBURIDE-METFORMIN HCL 52 50 R 69 121
ACTOS 51 41 73 104
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 51 31 73 166
MECLIZINE HCL 50 46 75 110
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 Jan. 28, 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.