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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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14,389Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 4 out of 19

$1.04M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 4 out of 19

789 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
99%Patients 65 Years and Older
35% 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
Lower avg

Schedule Two
Controlled Substances

2% of this provider’s 789 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 9%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

6% of this provider’s 789 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 15%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

1% of this provider’s 14,304 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 1%.

Brand Name Drugs

27% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$72 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $54 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

18 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 39.


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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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 697 697 1 3
NAMENDA 470 469 2 8
LISINOPRIL 454 453 3 6
DONEPEZIL HCL 377 376 4 9
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 363 357 5 4
OMEPRAZOLE 352 352 6 5
FUROSEMIDE 348 348 7 2
SERTRALINE HCL 346 346 8 25
SIMVASTATIN 320 320 9 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 306 306 10 32
TRAMADOL HCL 289 287 11 16
CITALOPRAM HBR 287 287 12 15
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 278 277 13 13
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 267 267 14 28
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 266 266 15 11
MIRTAZAPINE 259 255 16 14
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 247 247 17 22
GABAPENTIN 223 223 18 12
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 222 219 19 43
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 200 200 20 33
CARVEDILOL 187 187 21 23
NEXIUM 173 173 22 37
DIOVAN 172 172 23 41
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 160 160 24 50
METFORMIN HCL 158 149 25 26
RISPERIDONE 147 141 26 18
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 144 144 27 45
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 132 128 S3 28 1
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 131 131 29 34
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 128 128 30 21
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 128 128 30 38
ATENOLOL 123 123 32 36
TRAZODONE HCL 118 114 33 20
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 112 108 34 65
KLOR-CON M20 106 106 35 59
CLOPIDOGREL 102 102 36 30
SEROQUEL 100 100 37 48
ADVAIR DISKUS 99 99 38 66
HYDRALAZINE HCL 92 92 39 58
TAMSULOSIN HCL 88 88 40 35
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 88 82 40 51
PLAVIX 86 86 42 39
LANTUS 78 78 43 29
LEVETIRACETAM 69 69 44 57
CELEBREX 68 68 45 188
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 65 65 46 54
RANITIDINE HCL 65 65 46 17
EXELON 64 64 48 46
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 64 64 48 61
CYMBALTA 63 63 50 52
WARFARIN SODIUM 63 63 50 10
FINASTERIDE 63 63 50 97
LIDODERM 60 60 53 76
NITROFURANTOIN 57 57 54 171
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 57 57 54 42
SPIRIVA 55 55 56 82
JANUVIA 55 55 56 95
LYRICA 54 54 58 87
PROAIR HFA 54 54 58 135
LOVASTATIN 53 53 60 199
FAMOTIDINE 51 51 61 31
GLIPIZIDE 50 50 62 49
MEGESTROL ACETATE 50 50 R 62 109
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 Nov. 17, 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.