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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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20,437Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 2 out of 36

$1.23M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 3 out of 36

638 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
64% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 638 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 638 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 17,048 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

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

Prescription Price

$60 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

32 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 25.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 608 511 1 1
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 598 470 S3 2 7
FUROSEMIDE 587 516 3 5
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 582 519 4 4
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 541 452 5 15
LISINOPRIL 529 473 6 3
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 527 443 7 8
SIMVASTATIN 479 436 8 2
NAMENDA 468 468 9 13
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 369 321 10 23
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 355 320 11 21
GABAPENTIN 348 264 12 10
MIRTAZAPINE 340 340 13 28
OMEPRAZOLE 334 280 14 6
RANITIDINE HCL 328 293 15 25
SERTRALINE HCL 303 262 16 19
TRAMADOL HCL 292 246 17 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 291 282 18 16
DONEPEZIL HCL 274 272 19 12
METFORMIN HCL 272 203 20 11
FAMOTIDINE 270 242 21 30
WARFARIN SODIUM 248 194 22 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 230 206 23 42
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 227 183 24 9
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 224 180 25 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 211 179 26 22
HYDRALAZINE HCL 207 179 27 29
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 200 184 28 18
ATENOLOL 159 135 29 27
CARVEDILOL 153 118 30 20
PLAVIX 143 124 31 52
CLOPIDOGREL 140 118 32 33
GLIPIZIDE 139 110 33 58
JANUVIA 137 107 34 55
CEFUROXIME 131 114 35 105
RISPERIDONE 130 120 36 31
CLONIDINE HCL 129 94 37 50
NEXIUM 127 64 38 26
DIGOXIN 127 114 38 61
CRESTOR 121 75 40 36
GLIMEPIRIDE 119 74 41 46
EXELON 116 116 42 56
PREDNISONE 115 110 43 59
KLOR-CON M20 113 91 44 32
CYMBALTA 113 75 44 48
TRAZODONE HCL 113 73 44 39
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 111 99 47 37
ALLOPURINOL 108 84 48 44
DEXILANT 93 79 49 147
NOVOLOG 91 46 50 64
NOVOLOG FLEXPEN 91 54 50 168
DILTIAZEM 24HR ER 87 77 52 124
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 85 79 53 34
LEVEMIR 84 58 54 99
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 84 69 54 45
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 83 71 56 60
SPIRIVA 82 82 57 76
LANTUS SOLOSTAR 78 56 58 130
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 78 64 58 131
PAROXETINE HCL 78 53 58 57
PROMETHAZINE HCL 76 45 R 61 98
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 75 55 62 47
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 74 64 63 87
CEPHALEXIN 74 60 63 133
KLOR-CON 10 73 63 65 75
ADVAIR DISKUS 73 41 65 70
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 72 61 67 43
PEN NEEDLE 72 54 67 154
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 72 59 67 116
TORSEMIDE 70 46 70 178
ONGLYZA 69 68 71 179
PROAIR HFA 69 58 71 68
VERAPAMIL ER 67 59 73 92
SINGULAIR 65 40 74 101
METFORMIN HCL ER 62 61 75 86
FLUCONAZOLE 59 32 76 156
ENALAPRIL MALEATE 57 57 77 93
CELEBREX 56 43 78 118
ENBREL 55 55 79 199
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 54 26 R 80 77
LOVASTATIN 53 52 81 62
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 52 51 82 35
TAMSULOSIN HCL 52 40 82 41
LEVEMIR FLEXPEN 51 38 84 214
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 51 45 S2 84 84
CEFDINIR 51 43 84 214
NOVOLIN R 50 43 87 83
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 50 38 87 123
LYRICA 50 25 87 88
INSULIN SYRINGE 50 39 87 72
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 Feb. 20, 2012.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.