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Prescriber Checkup

STEPHEN SUSS MD

1478 DOGWOOD DRIVE, SE, SUITES B & C KAISER PERMANENTE CONYERS MEDICAL CENTER

Conyers | Georgia | 30013

(678) 413-4320

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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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15,946Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 118 out of 1677

$711K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 171 out of 1677

525 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
74%Patients 65 Years and Older
78% 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

7% of this provider’s 525 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

22% of this provider’s 525 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

2% of this provider’s 11,104 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

21% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$45 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

30 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 20.


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This Prescriber's Drugs

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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 758 509 S3 1 4
OMEPRAZOLE 493 338 2 6
SIMVASTATIN 468 310 3 1
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 442 358 4 5
FUROSEMIDE 421 340 5 8
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 391 294 6 2
LISINOPRIL 391 275 6 3
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 373 253 8 9
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 359 289 9 14
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 337 269 10 12
GABAPENTIN 330 213 11 11
METFORMIN HCL 326 190 12 7
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 322 265 13 10
RANITIDINE HCL 305 180 14 18
CITALOPRAM HBR 258 173 15 22
TRAMADOL HCL 258 200 15 16
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 208 110 17 15
GLIPIZIDE 181 95 18 56
ATENOLOL 173 119 19 21
SERTRALINE HCL 163 132 20 26
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE-BENAZEPRIL 137 71 21 59
WARFARIN SODIUM 137 118 21 24
NAMENDA 132 132 23 39
TRAZODONE HCL 129 85 24 37
CARISOPRODOL 126 17 R 25 68
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 125 72 26 17
AZITHROMYCIN 123 78 27 38
MIRTAZAPINE 123 120 27 62
CARBIDOPA-LEVODOPA 119 70 29 131
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 116 96 30 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 113 65 31 34
MELOXICAM 107 89 32 27
PROMETHAZINE HCL 105 59 R 33 64
GLIPIZIDE ER 105 62 33 78
DONEPEZIL HCL 101 101 35 30
NEXIUM 99 65 36 19
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 99 74 36 57
SPIRIVA 99 71 36 74
PROAIR HFA 96 65 39 50
ALLOPURINOL 93 48 40 31
CLONIDINE HCL 90 74 41 36
LANTUS 89 48 42 44
BUSPIRONE HCL 89 25 42 120
CLOPIDOGREL 88 48 44 32
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 83 55 45 25
RISPERIDONE 83 71 45 60
FLUOXETINE HCL 80 75 47 49
PREMARIN 79 32 R 48 109
ADVAIR DISKUS 78 32 49 54
AMITRIPTYLINE HCL 77 42 R 50 63
VENTOLIN HFA 76 51 51 89
ROPINIROLE HCL 75 64 52 79
LEVOFLOXACIN 74 57 53 84
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 73 28 54 29
CYCLOBENZAPRINE HCL 73 37 R 54 52
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 72 37 56 23
SULFAMETHOXAZOLE-TRIMETHOPRIM 71 42 57 85
DICLOFENAC SODIUM 70 46 58 95
PLAVIX 69 53 59 47
COMBIVENT 69 60 59 105
ISOSORBIDE MONONITRATE ER 67 67 61 73
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 67 40 61 124
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 64 51 63 43
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 64 46 63 77
CYMBALTA 64 49 63 58
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 63 63 66 61
BENAZEPRIL HCL 62 58 67 53
CEPHALEXIN 61 47 68 99
INSULIN SYRINGE 60 29 69 72
GEMFIBROZIL 60 42 69 113
METHADONE HCL 59 57 S2 71 168
LOVASTATIN 58 16 72 35
DIPHENOXYLATE-ATROPINE 57 34 73 322
CARVEDILOL 57 43 73 20
AMOX TR-POTASSIUM CLAVULANATE 55 41 75 126
BACLOFEN 55 29 75 142
LYRICA 54 0 77 81
KLOR-CON M10 53 41 78 167
PAROXETINE HCL 53 20 78 67
ZETIA 53 20 78 75
NOVOLOG 52 43 81 117
ACTOS 52 27 81 104
DILTIAZEM 24HR CD 52 40 81 156
AMOXICILLIN 50 33 84 94
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 June 10, 2014.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.