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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Legal Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,488Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 13

$707K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 1 out of 13

430 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
85%Patients 65 Years and Older
51% 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 430 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 2%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

25% of this provider’s 430 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 16%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 12,628 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 22%.

Prescription Price

$49 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $47 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

34 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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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 560 517 1 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 472 461 2 5
FUROSEMIDE 432 398 3 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 419 322 S3 4 4
LISINOPRIL 413 365 5 3
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 384 356 6 2
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 337 301 7 9
CITALOPRAM HBR 337 306 7 20
OMEPRAZOLE 331 291 9 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 275 273 10 25
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 267 242 11 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 266 200 12 10
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 232 194 13 13
CARVEDILOL 219 191 14 16
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 216 199 15 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 205 191 16 17
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 196 152 17 46
GABAPENTIN 194 141 18 11
WARFARIN SODIUM 189 171 19 37
NAMENDA 186 186 20 60
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 185 180 21 19
BENAZEPRIL HCL 167 158 22 34
SERTRALINE HCL 160 136 23 44
TRAMADOL HCL 151 122 24 15
TAMSULOSIN HCL 149 126 25 27
KLOR-CON M20 142 138 26 36
CRESTOR 140 110 27 32
BENAZEPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 135 96 28 75
RISPERIDONE 122 122 29 77
METFORMIN HCL 120 88 30 6
MIRTAZAPINE 116 116 31 64
CLOPIDOGREL 115 93 32 35
PREDNISONE 111 99 33 40
GLIMEPIRIDE 103 99 34 41
METFORMIN HCL ER 98 97 35 38
ATENOLOL 94 87 36 22
HYDRALAZINE HCL 90 89 37 21
FLUOXETINE HCL 89 69 38 86
PAROXETINE HCL 86 77 39 89
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 86 86 39 23
AZITHROMYCIN 82 68 41 47
FENTANYL 82 82 S2 41 91
LEVETIRACETAM 80 72 43 92
BACLOFEN 76 40 44 96
ALLOPURINOL 75 63 45 33
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 74 74 46 69
EXELON 73 73 47 97
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 69 46 48 45
GLIPIZIDE XL 69 50 48 79
VERAPAMIL HCL 67 55 50 102
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 63 63 51 105
DIOVAN 63 46 51 31
SYNTHROID 63 57 51 63
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 63 58 51 105
NEXIUM 62 62 55 28
PLAVIX 62 50 55 55
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 61 37 57 24
GLIPIZIDE ER 60 40 58 49
DIOVAN HCT 59 59 59 29
RANITIDINE HCL 59 46 59 14
CYMBALTA 58 51 61 111
FINASTERIDE 58 58 61 111
FENOFIBRATE 58 58 61 51
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 56 49 64 115
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 56 26 64 115
LANTUS 56 51 64 48
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 53 52 67 60
LIPITOR 52 49 68 67
DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 52 42 68 119
TRAZODONE HCL 52 44 68 119
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. 9, 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.