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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,997Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 11 out of 36

$741K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 8 out of 36

272 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
87%Patients 65 Years and Older
71% 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

6% of this provider’s 272 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 5%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

7% of this provider’s 272 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 11%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 11,158 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

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $57 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

44 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
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 401 395 1 4
NAMENDA 388 375 2 13
FUROSEMIDE 387 386 3 5
LISINOPRIL 357 340 4 3
DONEPEZIL HCL 326 309 5 12
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 307 290 6 1
OMEPRAZOLE 281 254 7 6
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 276 265 8 8
CITALOPRAM HBR 242 237 9 16
RISPERIDONE 217 190 10 31
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 216 213 11 21
SERTRALINE HCL 200 199 12 19
RANITIDINE HCL 193 182 13 25
GABAPENTIN 180 152 14 10
TRAMADOL HCL 174 162 15 14
DIVALPROEX SODIUM 170 170 16 54
SIMVASTATIN 168 162 17 2
MIRTAZAPINE 159 159 18 28
CARVEDILOL 155 151 19 20
NOVOLOG 149 145 20 64
LANTUS 142 135 21 38
TRAZODONE HCL 140 137 22 39
METFORMIN HCL 131 108 23 11
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 125 125 24 15
WARFARIN SODIUM 122 121 25 17
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 111 111 26 35
EXELON 110 110 27 56
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 105 84 28 47
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 103 97 29 18
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 99 84 30 9
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 98 98 31 23
KLOR-CON M20 97 97 32 32
ALBUTEROL SULFATE 96 94 33 81
HYDRALAZINE HCL 96 93 33 29
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE 90 82 35 112
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 87 86 36 37
CYMBALTA 87 76 36 48
ATENOLOL 81 81 38 27
DIOVAN 77 60 39 40
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 76 68 40 45
CLONIDINE HCL 75 71 41 50
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 75 48 41 24
FAMOTIDINE 75 71 41 30
OXYBUTYNIN CHLORIDE ER 75 75 41 116
LEVOFLOXACIN 74 72 45 89
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 73 72 46 42
LAMOTRIGINE 73 70 46 152
LEVETIRACETAM 70 69 48 67
LOVASTATIN 67 67 49 62
CLOPIDOGREL 66 66 50 33
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 65 47 S3 51 7
PAROXETINE HCL 63 63 52 57
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 60 56 53 60
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 58 58 54 73
BACLOFEN 58 46 54 107
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 57 53 56 106
LIDODERM 55 53 57 74
KLOR-CON M10 52 52 58 103
OLANZAPINE 52 52 58 109
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 51 42 60 22
ROPINIROLE HCL 51 51 60 80
METHADONE HCL 51 51 S2 60 214
IPRATROPIUM-ALBUTEROL 50 50 63 140
DIGOXIN 50 50 63 61
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 50 43 63 43
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. 12, 2009.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.