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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Surgery

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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12,642Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 183

$809K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 183

600 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
86%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 Average for
this specialty
in Georgia
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Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

4% of this provider’s 600 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 13%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

15% of this provider’s 600 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 41%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

3% of this provider’s 11,432 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

28% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 13%.

Prescription Price

$64 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $41 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

21 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 5.


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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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 509 414 1 3
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 422 376 S3 2 1
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 408 385 3 6
LISINOPRIL 398 351 4 7
OMEPRAZOLE 378 340 5 2
SIMVASTATIN 366 333 6 5
FUROSEMIDE 307 293 7 12
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 252 219 8 11
TRAZODONE HCL 210 199 9 36
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 207 172 10 59
DONEPEZIL HCL 180 180 11 34
CARVEDILOL 174 159 12 42
GABAPENTIN 169 142 13 10
ATENOLOL 161 143 14 26
WARFARIN SODIUM 152 151 15 35
TRAMADOL HCL 151 138 16 24
SERTRALINE HCL 149 149 17 27
METFORMIN HCL 138 121 18 17
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 115 111 19 45
DIOVAN 111 107 20 64
NEXIUM 111 90 20 16
MELOXICAM 108 101 22 25
CEFUROXIME 104 91 23 87
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 94 86 24 33
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 93 91 25 19
PREMARIN 93 80 R 25 68
KLOR-CON M20 92 89 27 90
SYNTHROID 92 92 27 90
CRESTOR 91 76 29 47
TRICOR 89 75 30 93
NAMENDA 89 89 30 50
ALLOPURINOL 83 72 32 21
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 83 65 32 54
HYDRALAZINE HCL 82 78 34 100
JANUVIA 80 72 35 101
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 78 62 36 38
SINGULAIR 78 78 36 104
LIDODERM 77 77 38 105
LANTUS 77 77 38 105
GLIPIZIDE ER 76 65 40 77
CLONIDINE HCL 72 66 41 30
FAMOTIDINE 71 71 42 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 67 54 43 108
CEPHALEXIN 66 56 44 20
LACTULOSE 65 43 45 109
RANITIDINE HCL 65 58 45 18
BUSPIRONE HCL 65 46 45 109
CELEBREX 63 63 48 63
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 61 56 49 13
CLOPIDOGREL 61 57 49 44
GLIPIZIDE 61 59 49 115
TAMSULOSIN HCL 60 60 52 55
TERAZOSIN HCL 59 59 53 120
CYMBALTA 59 44 53 120
ZETIA 57 32 55 125
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 57 40 55 125
LOVASTATIN 57 45 55 125
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 56 56 58 83
PAROXETINE HCL 56 56 58 82
DIOVAN HCT 56 49 58 72
ADVAIR DISKUS 56 52 58 128
LIPITOR 54 48 62 130
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 53 53 63 14
LANSOPRAZOLE 53 41 63 131
LEXAPRO 52 51 65 134
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 52 32 65 40
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 Nov. 25, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.