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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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7,460Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 520 out of 1677

$460K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 414 out of 1677

347 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
66%Patients 65 Years and Older
86% 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

7% of this provider’s 347 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule three drug, compared to an average of 14%.

Risky Drugs to Seniors

0% of this provider’s 5,188 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

37% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$62 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

22 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
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 436 322 1 2
LISINOPRIL 419 319 2 3
SIMVASTATIN 388 294 3 1
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 331 210 4 9
NEXIUM 296 197 5 19
METFORMIN HCL 265 196 6 7
TRAMADOL HCL 261 152 7 16
TOPROL XL 255 209 8 215
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 241 188 9 23
CRESTOR 220 170 10 28
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 187 121 11 5
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 154 109 12 42
IBUPROFEN 151 96 13 83
CLONIDINE HCL 119 84 14 36
COZAAR 115 95 10 15 254
LANTUS 114 84 16 44
ATENOLOL 110 86 17 21
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 106 58 18 25
HYDRALAZINE HCL 105 89 19 69
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 102 51 20 29
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 93 55 21 61
FUROSEMIDE 90 72 22 8
XOPENEX HFA 87 68 23 248
SERTRALINE HCL 84 43 24 26
TRIAMTERENE-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZID 80 62 25 213
GLIPIZIDE XL 74 51 26 123
GLIPIZIDE ER 71 59 27 78
CARVEDILOL 64 37 28 20
RANITIDINE HCL 60 41 29 18
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 60 52 29 14
FELODIPINE ER 59 58 31 193
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 59 48 31 12
NOVOLIN 70-30 53 33 33 155
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 52 46 34 43
PHENYTOIN SODIUM EXTENDED 52 0 34 112
ALLOPURINOL 51 29 36 31
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 July 9, 2007.
  • Comparisons are based on each provider’s current address, not necessarily where he or she worked during the time period covered in this database.