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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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13,482Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 8 out of 36

$702K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 10 out of 36

295 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
89%Patients 65 Years and Older
93% 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

11% of this provider’s 295 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

19% of this provider’s 295 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,942 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$52 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

46 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 596 535 S3 1 7
FUROSEMIDE 523 491 2 5
LISINOPRIL 417 390 3 3
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 367 343 4 4
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 317 292 5 43
OMEPRAZOLE 300 261 6 6
SIMVASTATIN 259 227 7 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 256 251 8 8
RISPERIDONE 239 184 9 31
WARFARIN SODIUM 236 224 10 17
LANTUS 233 189 11 38
KLOR-CON M20 225 209 12 32
DONEPEZIL HCL 218 210 13 12
CARVEDILOL 214 180 14 20
NOVOLOG 208 155 15 64
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 200 193 16 35
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 198 179 17 1
TRAZODONE HCL 192 158 18 39
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 178 175 19 9
METFORMIN HCL 163 137 20 11
CITALOPRAM HBR 161 143 21 16
DIGOXIN 152 143 22 61
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 152 130 22 37
NAMENDA 143 142 24 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 142 134 25 41
PREDNISONE 139 131 26 59
TRAMADOL HCL 138 115 27 14
FLUOXETINE HCL 135 124 28 65
SPIRONOLACTONE 132 116 29 90
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 128 105 30 22
GABAPENTIN 116 102 31 10
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 115 104 32 23
ATENOLOL 115 107 32 27
PAROXETINE HCL 110 92 34 57
CLOPIDOGREL 108 99 35 33
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 106 99 36 81
MEGESTROL ACETATE 105 96 R 37 102
HYDRALAZINE HCL 104 93 38 29
NITROGLYCERIN PATCH 94 94 39 141
PROMETHAZINE HCL 94 45 R 39 98
ALLOPURINOL 92 82 41 44
FAMOTIDINE 90 60 42 30
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 89 86 43 129
LEVETIRACETAM 89 64 43 67
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 87 77 45 47
PLAVIX 85 80 46 52
FENTANYL 76 55 S2 47 111
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 75 57 S2 48 84
MIRTAZAPINE 73 71 49 28
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 71 70 50 73
PHENYTOIN 71 65 50 176
CYMBALTA 70 68 52 48
SERTRALINE HCL 68 59 53 19
CEPHALEXIN 66 63 54 133
DIOVAN 66 66 54 40
BISOPROLOL FUMARATE 63 63 56 185
LEVOFLOXACIN 62 54 57 89
VOLTAREN 60 50 58 118
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 60 54 58 24
AZITHROMYCIN 58 55 60 51
KLOR-CON M10 57 55 61 103
FINASTERIDE 57 57 61 108
NOVOLIN R 56 54 63 83
RANITIDINE HCL 55 55 64 25
NYSTOP 55 36 64 162
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 54 52 66 116
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 54 54 66 15
SEROQUEL 52 52 68 82
LYRICA 51 51 69 88
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 Aug. 10, 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.