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At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2015

Geriatric Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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5,989Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 22 out of 41

$308K Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 26 out of 41

107 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
95% * Patients 65 Years and Older

* This is an estimate, see our methodology.
87% 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

48% of this provider’s 107 patients filled at least one prescription for an antibiotic drug, compared to an average of 27%.

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Risky Drugs for Seniors

This provider prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs 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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Opioids

47% of this provider’s 107 patients filled at least one prescription for an opioid, compared to an average of 21%.

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Brand Name Drugs

24% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 21%.

Prescription Price

$51 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $63 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

56 is the average number of prescriptions (including refills) per patient, compared to an average of 22.


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

$199K

2012

$207K

2013

$223K

2014

$308K

2015

Number of Claims

5,039

2012

4,909

2013

4,955

2014

5,989

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
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

303

prescriptions, 5% of all prescriptions

303

prescriptions.

29

patients, 27% of all patients

O 1 19
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE

Amlodipine is used alone or... +

Amlodipine is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

20

patients, 19% of all patients

2 1
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350

Treats occasional constipat... +

Treats occasional constipation. Source: National Library of Medicine

161

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

161

prescriptions.

28

patients, 26% of all patients

2 63
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE

Potassium is needed to main... +

Potassium is needed to maintain good health. Source: National Library of Medicine

157

prescriptions, 3% of all prescriptions

157

prescriptions.

26

patients, 24% of all patients

4 9
LISINOPRIL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and heart failure. Source: National Library of Medicine

149

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

149

prescriptions.

21

patients, 20% of all patients

5 3
WARFARIN SODIUM

Warfarin is used to prevent... +

Warfarin is used to prevent blood clots from forming or growing larger in your blood and blood vessels. Source: National Library of Medicine

145

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

145

prescriptions.

<11 6 24
HYDRALAZINE HCL

Hydralazine is used to trea... +

Hydralazine is used to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

144

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

139

prescriptions.

14

patients, 13% of all patients

7 26
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM

Levothyroxine, a thyroid ho... +

Levothyroxine, a thyroid hormone, is used to treat hypothyroidism, a condition where the thyroid gland does not produce enough thyroid hormone. Source: National Library of Medicine

129

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

129

prescriptions.

17

patients, 16% of all patients

8 2
GABAPENTIN

Treats certain types of sei... +

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

127

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

127

prescriptions.

19

patients, 18% of all patients

9 7
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

121

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

121

prescriptions.

25

patients, 23% of all patients

10 17
TRAZODONE HCL

Trazodone is used to treat ... +

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

118

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

17

patients, 16% of all patients

11 29
FUROSEMIDE

Treats fluid retention (ede... +

Treats fluid retention (edema) and high blood pressure (hypertension). Source: National Library of Medicine

118

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

118

prescriptions.

21

patients, 20% of all patients

11 4
METOPROLOL TARTRATE

Metoprolol is used alone or... +

Metoprolol is used alone or in combination with other medications to treat high blood pressure. Source: National Library of Medicine

99

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

19

patients, 18% of all patients

13 12
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN

Used to relieve moderate to... +

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

98

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

98

prescriptions.

<11 O 14 84
DIVALPROEX SODIUM

Treats seizures (epilepsy).... +

Treats seizures (epilepsy). Source: National Library of Medicine

96

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

96

prescriptions.

11

patients, 10% of all patients

15 40
MIRTAZAPINE

Treats depression. +

Treats depression. Source: National Library of Medicine

95

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

95

prescriptions.

20

patients, 19% of all patients

16 22
CRESTOR

Lowers high levels of chole... +

Lowers high levels of cholesterol and triglycerides (fats) in your blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

94

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

94

prescriptions.

<11 17 36
CARVEDILOL

Treats high blood pressure ... +

Treats high blood pressure and congestive heart failure (CHF). Source: National Library of Medicine

90

prescriptions, 2% of all prescriptions

90

prescriptions.

16

patients, 15% of all patients

18 20
TRAMADOL HCL

Tramadol is used to relieve... +

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

88

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

88

prescriptions.

<11 O 19 14
ALBUTEROL SULFATE

Albuterol is used to preven... +

Albuterol is used to prevent and treat wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness caused by lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways). Source: National Library of Medicine

84

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

24

patients, 22% of all patients

20 178
FAMOTIDINE*

Treats ulcers, gastroesopha... +

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

79

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

79

prescriptions.

13

patients, 12% of all patients

21 18
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

77

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

77

prescriptions.

15

patients, 14% of all patients

22 53
CITALOPRAM HBR

Citalopram is used to treat... +

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

70

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

70

prescriptions.

<11 23 25
LEVETIRACETAM

Used to help control certai... +

Used to help control certain types of seizures caused by epilepsy. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

<11 24 67
LANTUS

Treats diabetes mellitus. I... +

Treats diabetes mellitus. Source: National Library of Medicine

69

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

69

prescriptions.

13

patients, 12% of all patients

24 66
SIMVASTATIN

Treats high cholesterol and... +

Treats high cholesterol and triglyceride levels in the blood. Source: National Library of Medicine

65

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

65

prescriptions.

<11 26 5
VENLAFAXINE HCL ER

Venlafaxine is used to trea... +

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

63

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

63

prescriptions.

<11 27 69
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

60

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

60

prescriptions.

<11 28 167
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

<11 29 38
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

56

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

56

prescriptions.

11

patients, 10% of all patients

29 27
CLOPIDOGREL

Helps prevent stroke, heart... +

Helps prevent stroke, heart attack, and other heart problems. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 31 23
LEVEMIR

Helps control blood sugar l... +

Helps control blood sugar levels. Source: National Library of Medicine

54

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

54

prescriptions.

<11 31 101
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

53

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

53

prescriptions.

<11 P 33 31
BROVANA 51

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

51

prescriptions.

12

patients, 11% of all patients

34 229
IPRATROPIUM BROMIDE

Ipratropium oral inhalation... +

Ipratropium oral inhalation is used to prevent wheezing, shortness of breath, coughing, and chest tightness in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD; a group of diseases that affect the lungs and airways) such as chronic bronchitis (swelling of the air passages that lead to the lungs) and emphysema (damage to the air sacs in the lungs). Source: National Library of Medicine

50

prescriptions, 1% of all prescriptions

45

prescriptions.

18

patients, 17% of all patients

35 127
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 Feb. 7, 2015.
  • 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.