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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,699Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 172 out of 1677

$619K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 236 out of 1677

297 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
69%Patients 65 Years and Older
80% 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

7% of this provider’s 297 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

20% of this provider’s 297 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 11,123 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

19% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 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 668 513 1 1
LISINOPRIL 472 374 2 3
OMEPRAZOLE 468 390 3 6
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 452 374 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 368 343 5 8
METFORMIN HCL 283 189 6 7
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 272 207 7 12
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 258 222 8 76
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 254 218 9 2
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 236 211 10 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 232 195 11 22
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 226 203 S3 12 4
DONEPEZIL HCL 221 221 13 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 218 185 14 24
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 211 167 15 15
RISPERIDONE 209 183 16 60
TRAMADOL HCL 192 159 17 16
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 170 137 18 9
GABAPENTIN 163 131 19 11
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 147 118 20 29
RANITIDINE HCL 144 92 21 18
TRAZODONE HCL 125 88 22 37
MELOXICAM 124 101 23 27
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 118 86 R 24 52
DIGOXIN 115 95 25 71
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 115 85 25 17
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 112 84 27 43
NOVOLOG 112 111 27 117
LANTUS 109 76 29 44
SPIRONOLACTONE 107 82 30 88
NAMENDA 104 104 31 39
ROPINIROLE HCL 104 72 31 79
ALLOPURINOL 102 83 33 31
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 100 75 34 23
NEXIUM 98 74 35 19
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 90 66 36 13
GEMFIBROZIL 90 86 36 113
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 89 89 38 80
CLOPIDOGREL 89 61 38 32
CARVEDILOL 85 81 40 20
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 85 58 R 40 63
FLUOXETINE HCL 83 60 42 49
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 82 76 43 57
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 82 71 43 124
TAMSULOSIN HCL 81 43 45 34
NYSTATIN 79 72 46 185
SERTRALINE HCL 77 56 47 26
JANUVIA 73 61 48 70
QUINAPRIL HCL 71 67 49 163
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 71 65 49 85
PROMETHAZINE HCL 71 63 R 49 64
ATENOLOL 67 43 52 21
GLIMEPIRIDE 65 51 53 33
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 63 48 54 156
GLIPIZIDE ER 63 49 54 78
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 63 63 54 77
DICYCLOMINE HCL 63 55 54 196
CELEBREX 62 46 58 102
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 61 36 59 25
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE 61 54 59 149
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 61 55 59 134
BUSPIRONE HCL 60 45 62 120
TIZANIDINE HCL 57 38 63 108
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 57 42 63 46
LYRICA 55 53 65 81
CYMBALTA 54 43 66 58
NITROFURANTOIN MONO-MACRO 54 52 66 177
FLUOCINOLONE ACETONIDE 54 54 66 470
NIASPAN 51 51 69 128
NOVOLIN R 51 40 69 133
TRICOR 51 39 69 100
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 51 41 69 10
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 50 48 73 135
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 April 6, 2011.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.