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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,085Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 134 out of 1677

$773K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 135 out of 1677

837 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
80%Patients 65 Years and Older
38% 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

4% of this provider’s 837 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

16% of this provider’s 837 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 12,881 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 632 573 1 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 589 412 S3 2 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 576 530 3 2
SIMVASTATIN 549 490 4 1
LISINOPRIL 521 446 5 3
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 467 413 6 10
OMEPRAZOLE 398 343 7 6
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 355 300 8 13
METFORMIN HCL 279 234 9 7
MELOXICAM 260 207 10 27
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 239 226 11 12
SERTRALINE HCL 213 194 12 26
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 204 155 13 14
CRESTOR 203 187 14 28
ATENOLOL 194 149 15 21
FUROSEMIDE 189 147 16 8
DONEPEZIL HCL 187 187 17 30
DIOVAN 184 172 18 45
LOVASTATIN 176 156 19 35
CLOPIDOGREL 174 155 20 32
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 174 163 20 15
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 164 141 22 9
GABAPENTIN 153 130 23 11
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 150 145 24 25
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 149 130 25 46
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 141 137 26 23
WARFARIN SODIUM 136 125 27 24
NAMENDA 135 135 28 39
CARVEDILOL 127 107 29 20
CITALOPRAM HBR 119 92 30 22
PREDNISONE 113 102 31 40
PAROXETINE HCL 108 98 32 67
GLIPIZIDE 102 89 33 56
HYDRALAZINE HCL 100 94 34 69
PLAVIX 100 96 34 47
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 100 86 34 61
NEXIUM 96 85 37 19
TAMSULOSIN HCL 92 87 38 34
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 90 90 39 43
CEPHALEXIN 90 72 39 99
GLIPIZIDE ER 89 64 41 78
AZITHROMYCIN 86 65 42 38
TRAMADOL HCL 82 78 43 16
CLONIDINE HCL 78 63 44 36
NIASPAN 77 73 45 128
LEVOFLOXACIN 76 61 46 84
EXELON 75 68 47 119
ROPINIROLE HCL 72 69 48 79
ADVAIR DISKUS 72 69 48 54
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 70 65 50 73
PROMETHAZINE HCL 70 56 R 50 64
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 69 55 52 92
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 66 52 53 29
ALLOPURINOL 65 54 54 31
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 64 49 55 42
RAMIPRIL 62 60 56 118
BENICAR 62 47 56 178
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 62 30 56 112
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 62 55 56 59
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 62 49 56 173
BENAZEPRIL HCL 58 50 61 53
GLIMEPIRIDE 57 47 62 33
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 57 49 62 57
DILTIAZEM ER 56 52 64 143
BYSTOLIC 55 49 65 125
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 55 52 65 17
VERAPAMIL ER 55 53 65 86
RANITIDINE HCL 54 48 68 18
SINGULAIR 54 27 68 97
JANUVIA 52 27 70 70
SYNTHROID 51 51 71 55
DIOVAN HCT 51 39 71 66
CARISOPRODOL 51 0 R 71 68
SPIRIVA 51 40 71 74
LANTUS 51 35 71 44
SUCRALFATE 50 46 76 146
GLYBURIDE 50 46 R 76 93
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 Jan. 4, 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.