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Prescriber Checkup

GEORGE O'BRIEN D.O.

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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6,825Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 242 out of 1278

$253K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 456 out of 1278

257 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
65% 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 Arizona
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

10% of this provider’s 257 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 7%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

12% of this provider’s 257 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 10%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 6,106 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

20% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$37 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

27 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 14.


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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 Arizona
RISPERIDONE 388 349 1 92
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 327 285 2 2
OMEPRAZOLE 251 246 3 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 242 225 4 9
SIMVASTATIN 226 194 5 3
TRAZODONE HCL 221 198 6 38
FUROSEMIDE 218 196 7 10
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 193 181 8 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 172 172 9 48
METFORMIN HCL 159 151 10 4
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 156 156 11 8
NAMENDA 154 154 12 77
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 151 143 13 21
LISINOPRIL 151 151 13 1
CITALOPRAM HBR 131 129 15 22
SERTRALINE HCL 121 121 16 28
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 118 108 S3 17 7
ATENOLOL 85 85 18 11
GABAPENTIN 85 59 18 12
DIOVAN 76 67 20 44
KLOR-CON M10 74 74 21 190
KLOR-CON M20 66 54 22 117
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 64 62 23 140
PREDNISONE 61 61 24 52
GLYBURIDE 58 58 R 25 40
LOVASTATIN 57 57 26 13
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 56 43 27 80
BACLOFEN 56 33 27 113
CLOPIDOGREL 56 50 27 45
MEGESTROL ACETATE 54 53 R 30 219
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 54 46 30 126
FLUOXETINE HCL 54 42 30 41
DIGOXIN 53 53 33 79
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 July 8, 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.