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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,151Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 5 out of 36

$895K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 36

299 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

8% of this provider’s 299 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 299 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 14,012 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

23% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 25%.

Prescription Price

$59 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

51 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
OMEPRAZOLE 583 539 1 6
WARFARIN SODIUM 546 497 2 17
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 522 503 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 464 440 4 4
NAMENDA 460 433 5 13
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 427 371 S3 6 7
FUROSEMIDE 413 389 7 5
DONEPEZIL HCL 392 381 8 12
LISINOPRIL 386 374 9 3
MIRTAZAPINE 337 331 10 28
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 311 303 11 8
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 291 267 12 54
CITALOPRAM HBR 275 264 13 16
SERTRALINE HCL 272 268 14 19
RISPERIDONE 240 228 15 31
SIMVASTATIN 226 221 16 2
FAMOTIDINE 214 204 17 30
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 208 186 18 37
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 195 195 19 15
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 190 176 20 43
TRAZODONE HCL 188 164 21 39
LEVETIRACETAM 176 147 22 67
GABAPENTIN 167 155 23 10
CARVEDILOL 160 148 24 20
DIOVAN 160 160 24 40
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 140 128 26 47
SEROQUEL 139 137 27 82
VENLAFAXINE HCL 134 109 28 151
METFORMIN HCL 134 134 28 11
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 133 132 30 21
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 133 75 S2 30 84
TAMSULOSIN HCL 125 125 32 41
EXELON 123 115 33 56
NOVOLIN N 122 120 34 156
OLANZAPINE 122 68 34 109
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 119 96 36 87
LIDODERM 114 114 37 74
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 109 101 38 35
HYDRALAZINE HCL 106 96 39 29
CYMBALTA 106 95 39 48
DIGOXIN 105 91 41 61
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 104 101 42 22
KLOR-CON M20 103 102 43 32
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 97 96 44 121
LEVOFLOXACIN 97 95 44 89
NOVOLIN R 95 89 46 83
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 94 83 47 42
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 89 89 48 24
RANITIDINE HCL 88 66 49 25
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 87 86 50 18
LANTUS 86 61 51 38
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 83 83 52 73
CLOPIDOGREL 78 77 53 33
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 77 77 54 81
LYRICA 72 58 55 88
MEGESTROL ACETATE 72 70 R 55 102
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 69 66 57 112
LEXAPRO 67 56 58 135
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 56 59 45
NOVOLOG 64 44 60 64
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 64 60 34
AMIODARONE HCL 61 61 62 143
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 60 57 63 9
LAMOTRIGINE 58 23 64 152
NEXIUM 55 55 65 26
TRAMADOL HCL 55 55 65 14
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 54 54 67 129
TRAVATAN Z 54 54 67 203
GLIPIZIDE 51 51 69 58
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.