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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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11,670Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 254 out of 1677

$578K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 278 out of 1677

248 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
41%Patients 65 Years and Older
85% 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

N/A

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

65% of this provider’s 248 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

7% of this provider’s 4,272 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

22% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$50 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

47 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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 1,295 427 S3 1 4
CARISOPRODOL 928 178 R 2 68
LISINOPRIL 727 305 3 3
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 448 108 4 15
PROMETHAZINE HCL 287 63 R 5 64
CARVEDILOL 285 131 6 20
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 272 147 7 13
NEXIUM 262 108 8 19
GABAPENTIN 229 48 9 11
METFORMIN HCL 213 117 10 7
OMEPRAZOLE 212 71 11 6
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 212 106 11 2
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 211 117 13 5
RANITIDINE HCL 200 62 14 18
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 184 74 15 12
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 173 51 16 10
SIMVASTATIN 169 48 17 1
FUROSEMIDE 154 111 18 8
GLIMEPIRIDE 147 81 19 33
FENOFIBRATE 122 30 20 48
EVISTA 117 59 21 162
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 113 76 22 14
CITALOPRAM HBR 104 28 23 22
SUBOXONE 103 18 24 270
VENTOLIN HFA 99 0 25 89
CHLORTHALIDONE 95 31 26 137
SERTRALINE HCL 91 39 27 26
TRAZODONE HCL 87 27 28 37
CYMBALTA 87 19 28 58
CLONIDINE HCL 83 28 30 36
DIOVAN 83 54 30 45
PROAIR HFA 83 30 30 50
THEOPHYLLINE 79 49 33 368
IBUPROFEN 79 40 33 83
TIZANIDINE HCL 79 26 33 108
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 75 25 36 57
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER 73 11 37 92
CLOPIDOGREL 72 18 38 32
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 66 12 39 17
MIRTAZAPINE 62 20 40 62
BUPROPION HCL SR 62 0 40 188
TRAMADOL HCL 62 53 40 16
ESCITALOPRAM OXALATE 61 21 43 80
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 57 0 44 23
LUNESTA 56 46 45 260
JANUVIA 54 25 46 70
LYRICA 53 0 47 81
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 52 0 48 77
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 Dec. 8, 2010.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.