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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Specialist

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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25,076Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 1 out of 382

$2.3M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 9 out of 382

1,060 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
39% Patients 65 Years and Older

62% 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 than average Average for
this specialty
in Georgia
lower than average

Antipsychotics

This provider prescribed antipsychotics to at least one but fewer than 11 patients who are 65 and older, so Medicare redacted the exact figure. Comparisons are not shown.

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Antibiotics

6% of this provider’s 1,060 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 17%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

25% of this provider’s 414 patients 65 and older filled at least one prescription for a potentially inappropriate drug, compared to an average of 10%.

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Opioids

96% of this provider’s 1,060 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 19%.

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Brand Name Drugs *

13% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.

Prescription Price

$92 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $222 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

24 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 8.


How This Provider’s Patients Compare

Doctors often say their patients are sicker or more complex than those of their peers. The measure displayed below, used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, takes into account patients’ characteristics to estimate whether they are expected to have above-average Medicare spending. It considers patients’ age, sex, diagnoses from the past year and other factors. This provider’s score below takes into account all patients.

This Provider's History

A comparison of this provider’s prescribing in Part D since 2012. All years may not be shown if there is insufficient data.

Cost of Claims

$1.24M

2012

$1.5M

2013

$1.89M

2014

$2.3M

2015

Number of Claims

16,697

2012

19,180

2013

21,426

2014

25,076

2015

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. The list below includes only those drugs for which this provider wrote 50 or more prescriptions.

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An opioid drug. More » Prescription opioids (painkillers) can help alleviate certain kinds of pain in the short term but carry serious health risks.

A

An antibiotic drug. More » Used to treat bacterial infections but are often prescribed incorrectly to treat viral infections, such as chest colds or the flu.

P

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 with Refills Prescriptions
to 65+
Patients Receiving this Drug Category For this Prescriber For this Prescriber's Peers
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

2,906

prescriptions, 12% of all prescriptions

966

prescriptions.

409

patients, 39% of all patients

O 10 1 7
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

2,782

prescriptions, 11% of all prescriptions

1,152

prescriptions.

376

patients, 35% of all patients

O 2 1
OXYCODONE HCL

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

2,221

prescriptions, 9% of all prescriptions

682

prescriptions.

295

patients, 28% of all patients

O 3 18
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

Treats certain types of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,467

prescriptions, 6% of all prescriptions

418

prescriptions.

266

patients, 25% of all patients

4 3
MORPHINE SULFATE ER

Morphine (extended release)... +

Morphine (extended release) is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

1,270

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

348

prescriptions.

170

patients, 16% of all patients

O 5 42
METHADONE HCL

Methadone is used to reliev... +

Methadone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain that has not been relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers. Source: National Library of Medicine

850

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

236

prescriptions.

100

patients, 9% of all patients

O 6 76
HYDROMORPHONE HCL*

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

844

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

218

prescriptions.

151

patients, 14% of all patients

O 10 7 120
CARISOPRODOL

Treats pain and stiffness o... +

Treats pain and stiffness of muscle spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

803

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

123

patients, 12% of all patients

R 10 8 66
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE

Zolpidem is used to treat i... +

Zolpidem is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

751

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

120

patients, 11% of all patients

R 9 32
TIZANIDINE HCL

Tizanidine is used to relie... +

Tizanidine is used to relieve the spasms and increased muscle tone caused by multiple sclerosis (MS, a disease in which the nerves do not function properly and patients may experience weakness, numbness, loss of muscle coordination and problems with vision, speech, and bladder control), stroke, or brain or spinal injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

729

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

146

prescriptions.

137

patients, 13% of all patients

10 37
OXYCONTIN

Oxycodone is used to reliev... +

Oxycodone is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

626

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

250

prescriptions.

74

patients, 7% of all patients

O 11 115
FENTANYL

Treats severe, ongoing pain... +

Treats severe, ongoing pain (during and after surgery, cancer pain) that cannot be controlled with other medicines. Source: National Library of Medicine

506

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

245

prescriptions.

66

patients, 6% of all patients

O 12 88
CLONAZEPAM

Treats seizures, panic diso... +

Treats seizures, panic disorder, and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

498

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

125

prescriptions.

68

patients, 6% of all patients

13 26
ALPRAZOLAM

Treats anxiety, panic disor... +

Treats anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia (trouble sleeping), and anxiety caused by depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

498

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

193

prescriptions.

81

patients, 8% of all patients

13 15
DIAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, muscle spas... +

Treats anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Source: National Library of Medicine

429

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

101

prescriptions.

65

patients, 6% of all patients

15 90
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

Tramadol is used to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

420

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

159

prescriptions.

83

patients, 8% of all patients

O 16 20
PROMETHAZINE HCL

Promethazine is used to rel... +

Promethazine is used to relieve the symptoms of allergic reactions such as allergic rhinitis (runny nose and watery eyes caused by allergy to pollen, mold or dust), allergic conjunctivitis (red, watery eyes caused by allergies), allergic skin reactions, and allergic reactions to blood or plasma products. Source: National Library of Medicine

417

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

71

prescriptions.

69

patients, 7% of all patients

R 17 117
LYRICA

Treats nerve and muscle pai... +

Treats nerve and muscle pain caused by diabetes, shingles, fibromyalgia, or a spinal cord injury. Source: National Library of Medicine

311

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

55

patients, 5% of all patients

18 62
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle r... +

Cyclobenzaprine, a muscle relaxant, is used with rest, physical therapy, and other measures to relax muscles and relieve pain and discomfort caused by strains, sprains, and other muscle injuries. Source: National Library of Medicine

294

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

67

patients, 6% of all patients

R 19 103
MELOXICAM

Treats symptoms of osteoart... +

Treats symptoms of osteoarthritis (OA). Source: National Library of Medicine

291

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

44

prescriptions.

64

patients, 6% of all patients

20 39
NUCYNTA ER 247

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

52

prescriptions.

54

patients, 5% of all patients

O 10 21 273
MORPHINE SULFATE

Morphine is used to relieve... +

Morphine is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

236

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

81

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

O 22 184
DULOXETINE HCL

Duloxetine is used to treat... +

Duloxetine is used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD; excessive worry and tension that disrupts daily life and lasts for 6 months or longer). Source: National Library of Medicine

232

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

51

patients, 5% of all patients

23 38
ROPINIROLE HCL

Ropinirole is used alone or... +

Ropinirole is used alone or with other medications to treat the symptoms of Parkinson's disease (PD; a disorder of the nervous system that causes difficulties with movement, muscle control, and balance), including shaking of parts of the body, stiffness, slowed movements, and problems with balance. Source: National Library of Medicine

230

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

80

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

24 75
TEMAZEPAM

Treats insomnia (trouble sl... +

Treats insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

198

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

66

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

25 189
IBUPROFEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by headache, toothache, arthritis, cold or flu, migraine, or menstrual cramps. Source: National Library of Medicine

187

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

38

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

26 185
OPANA ER

Used to relieve moderate to... +

Used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

175

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

39

prescriptions.

37

patients, 3% of all patients

O 27 254
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL

Amitriptyline is used to tr... +

Amitriptyline is used to treat symptoms of depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

18

prescriptions.

28

patients, 3% of all patients

R 28 102
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

Trazodone is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

174

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

76

prescriptions.

35

patients, 3% of all patients

28 34
ENDOCET

Treats moderate to moderate... +

Treats moderate to moderately severe pain. Source: National Library of Medicine

168

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

11

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

O 30 227
BACLOFEN

Treats muscle spasms caused... +

Treats muscle spasms caused by multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury or disease. Source: National Library of Medicine

164

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

39

patients, 4% of all patients

31 114
AMITIZA

Treats certain types of lon... +

Treats certain types of long-term constipation by helping you have a bowel movement. Source: National Library of Medicine

159

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

42

patients, 4% of all patients

32 280
CELECOXIB

Treats mild to moderate pai... +

Treats mild to moderate pain and help relieve symptoms of arthritis (e. Source: National Library of Medicine

155

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

27

patients, 3% of all patients

33 207
OXYMORPHONE HCL ER 151

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

33

patients, 3% of all patients

O 34 311
DOXEPIN HCL

Doxepin is used to treat de... +

Doxepin is used to treat depression and anxiety. Source: National Library of Medicine

146

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

46

prescriptions.

34

patients, 3% of all patients

R 35 260
METHOCARBAMOL

Treats muscle pain and spas... +

Treats muscle pain and spasms. Source: National Library of Medicine

136

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

25

prescriptions.

45

patients, 4% of all patients

R 36 251
BUTALBITAL-ACETAMINOPHEN-CAFFE

This combination of drugs i... +

This combination of drugs is used to relieve tension headaches. Source: National Library of Medicine

130

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

23

prescriptions.

18

patients, 2% of all patients

R 37 191
OMEPRAZOLE

Treats heartburn, stomach u... +

Treats heartburn, stomach ulcers, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, endocrine tumors, and systemic mastocytosis. Source: National Library of Medicine

120

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

43

prescriptions.

21

patients, 2% of all patients

38 12
TOPIRAMATE

Helps control and prevent c... +

Helps control and prevent certain kinds of seizures. Source: National Library of Medicine

117

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

39 63
LORAZEPAM

Treats anxiety, anxiety wit... +

Treats anxiety, anxiety with depression, and insomnia (trouble sleeping). Source: National Library of Medicine

110

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

62

prescriptions.

16

patients, 2% of all patients

40 57
VOLTAREN

Treats pain caused by arthr... +

Treats pain caused by arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, or other medical problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

101

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

35

prescriptions.

32

patients, 3% of all patients

41 181
SERTRALINE HCL

Sertraline is used to treat... +

Sertraline is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks), posttraumatic stress disorder (disturbing psychological symptoms that develop after a frightening experience), and social anxiety disorder (extreme fear of interacting with others or performing in front of others that interferes with normal life). Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

33

prescriptions.

19

patients, 2% of all patients

42 48
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

Citalopram is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

85

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

22

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

43 53
ESZOPICLONE

Eszopiclone is used to trea... +

Eszopiclone is used to treat insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep). Source: National Library of Medicine

82

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

15

patients, 1% of all patients

R 44 373
DICLOFENAC SODIUM

Diclofenac is used to relie... +

Diclofenac is used to relieve pain, tenderness, swelling, and stiffness caused by osteoarthritis (arthritis caused by a breakdown of the lining of the joints), rheumatoid arthritis (arthritis caused by swelling of the lining of the joints), and ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis that mainly affects the spine). Source: National Library of Medicine

79

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

45 79
RANITIDINE HCL

Ranitidine is used to treat... +

Ranitidine is used to treat ulcers; gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and injury of the food pipe (esophagus); and conditions where the stomach produces too much acid, such as Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. Source: National Library of Medicine

75

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

26

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

46 49
ONDANSETRON HCL*

Ondansetron is used to prev... +

Ondansetron is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. Source: National Library of Medicine

74

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

24

prescriptions.

22

patients, 2% of all patients

47 128
FLUOXETINE HCL

Fluoxetine is used to treat... +

Fluoxetine is used to treat depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (bothersome thoughts that won't go away and the need to perform certain actions over and over), some eating disorders, and panic attacks (sudden, unexpected attacks of extreme fear and worry about these attacks). Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

31

prescriptions.

12

patients, 1% of all patients

48 86
LIDOCAINE

Causes numbness or loss of ... +

Causes numbness or loss of feeling in an area of your body. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

27

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

48 274
NAPROXEN

Treats fever and pain, incl... +

Treats fever and pain, including pain caused by arthritis, gout, menstrual cramps, tendinitis, headache, backache, and toothache. Source: National Library of Medicine

68

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

5

prescriptions.

17

patients, 2% of all patients

50 237
NEXIUM

Treats heartburn, gastroeso... +

Treats heartburn, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), and conditions that cause your stomach to make too much acid. Source: National Library of Medicine

61

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

19

prescriptions.

13

patients, 1% of all patients

51 71
LACTULOSE

Treats constipation. Also t... +

Treats constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

58

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

17

prescriptions.

20

patients, 2% of all patients

52 297
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM

Pantoprazole is used to tre... +

Pantoprazole is used to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD), a condition in which backward flow of acid from the stomach causes heartburn and possible injury of the esophagus (the tube between the throat and stomach). Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 53 27
BUPROPION HCL SR

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbu... +

Bupropion (Aplenzin, Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR, Wellbutrin XL) is used to treat depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

13

prescriptions.

<11 54 225
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE

Quetiapine is used to treat... +

Quetiapine is used to treat the symptoms of schizophrenia (a mental illness that causes disturbed or unusual thinking, loss of interest in life, and strong or inappropriate emotions). Source: National Library of Medicine

52

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

0

prescriptions.

<11 P 54 52
ZALEPLON 51

prescriptions, 0% of all prescriptions

15

prescriptions.

11

patients, 1% of all patients

R 56 433
About This Data

Prescribing data from Medicare’s prescription drug benefit, known as Part D, was compiled and released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the federal agency that oversees the program. The data for 2015 includes more than 1.4 billion prescriptions written by nearly 1.4 million doctors, nurses and other providers. This database lists about 447,000 of those providers who wrote 50 or more prescriptions for at least one drug that year. More than three-fourths of these prescriptions went to patients 65 and older; the rest were for disabled patients. Methodology »

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Caveats
  • No comparisons are shown if there are fewer than 20 prescribers in the state share this specialty.
  • 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 June 26, 2013.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.
  • In rare circumstances, providers' prescription tallies may be inflated. Sometimes providers are credited with prescriptions written by colleagues (this happens in long-term care facilities) or are victims of fraud involving theft of their provider number.