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Prescriber Checkup

At A Glance: This Prescriber in 2012

Family Medicine

Self-Reported Primary Specialty

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18,156Medicare Part D Prescriptions Filled, Including Refills

Rank: 83 out of 1677

$1.05M Total Retail Price of All Prescriptions

Rank: 61 out of 1677

516 Patients Receiving at Least One Drug in Part D
77%Patients 65 Years and Older
67% 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

13% of this provider’s 516 patients filled at least one prescription for a schedule two drug, compared to an average of 4%.

Schedule Three
Controlled Substances

23% of this provider’s 516 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 13,908 prescriptions for patients 65 and older were for "potentially dangerous" drugs, compared to an average of 2%.

Brand Name Drugs

25% of this provider’s prescriptions were for brand-name drugs, compared to an average of 23%.

Prescription Price

$58 was the average price of a prescription from this provider, compared to $53 among peers.

Prescriptions per Patient

35 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
SIMVASTATIN 777 601 1 1
FUROSEMIDE 619 478 2 8
LEVOTHYROXINE SODIUM 605 443 3 5
HYDROCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 602 388 S3 4 4
AMLODIPINE BESYLATE 578 478 5 2
CARVEDILOL 422 301 6 20
LISINOPRIL 415 336 7 3
OMEPRAZOLE 344 295 8 6
METFORMIN HCL 339 294 9 7
POTASSIUM CHLORIDE 330 260 10 14
DONEPEZIL HCL 277 256 11 30
HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 244 196 12 9
FAMOTIDINE 236 155 13 41
NOVOLOG 224 176 14 117
PRAVASTATIN SODIUM 211 188 15 10
TRAMADOL HCL 196 167 16 16
SYMBICORT 190 105 17 150
CRESTOR 189 139 18 28
GABAPENTIN 189 146 18 11
TIZANIDINE HCL 183 91 20 108
WARFARIN SODIUM 175 134 21 24
ATORVASTATIN CALCIUM 169 125 22 13
TAMSULOSIN HCL 169 145 22 34
LISINOPRIL-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 168 120 24 17
SERTRALINE HCL 164 112 25 26
NEXIUM 163 114 26 19
ATENOLOL 160 143 27 21
METOPROLOL TARTRATE 154 118 28 12
ZOLPIDEM TARTRATE 150 113 29 15
MIRTAZAPINE 147 131 30 62
SPIRIVA 145 108 31 74
CITALOPRAM HBR 143 119 32 22
FENOFIBRATE 142 105 33 48
PREDNISONE 139 107 34 40
ALENDRONATE SODIUM 133 115 35 43
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL 3350 131 83 36 76
QUETIAPINE FUMARATE 130 103 37 77
NAMENDA 125 120 38 39
FLUOXETINE HCL 120 89 39 49
MEGESTROL ACETATE 120 118 R 39 182
CLOPIDOGREL 113 106 41 32
ALLOPURINOL 111 84 42 31
PANTOPRAZOLE SODIUM 109 92 43 46
CLONIDINE HCL 108 72 44 36
RISPERIDONE 100 52 45 60
LOSARTAN POTASSIUM 99 82 46 25
LEVETIRACETAM 99 60 46 116
HYDRALAZINE HCL 98 83 48 69
PLAVIX 97 90 49 47
OXYCODONE HCL-ACETAMINOPHEN 96 81 S2 50 115
METOPROLOL SUCCINATE 95 83 51 23
OXYCODONE-ACETAMINOPHEN 95 85 S2 51 122
MORPHINE SULFATE ER 92 67 S2 53 140
ACTOS 91 89 54 104
DIOVAN HCT 85 76 55 66
LANTUS 84 56 56 44
METOCLOPRAMIDE HCL 82 48 57 124
NIFEDIPINE ER 81 81 58 98
ZETIA 79 64 59 75
BENAZEPRIL HCL 78 70 60 53
LACTULOSE 76 0 61 183
FINASTERIDE 74 61 62 130
CARBAMAZEPINE 74 32 62 230
KLOR-CON M20 74 51 62 65
LOSARTAN-HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 73 67 65 42
FLUTICASONE PROPIONATE 72 44 66 29
RANITIDINE HCL 70 54 67 18
MELOXICAM 68 61 68 27
LEVOFLOXACIN 65 50 69 84
CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 64 52 70 57
AZELASTINE HCL 64 26 70 284
VERAPAMIL ER 62 62 72 86
DIGOXIN 60 49 73 71
BUPROPION XL 58 54 74 165
PROMETHAZINE HCL 57 24 R 75 64
CLOTRIMAZOLE-BETAMETHASONE 57 49 75 166
TRIAMCINOLONE ACETONIDE 56 49 77 134
TRIAMTERENE-HCTZ 54 54 78 61
DIOVAN 54 37 78 45
CARISOPRODOL 53 27 R 80 68
GLIPIZIDE ER 53 49 80 78
SPIRONOLACTONE 52 26 82 88
LIPITOR 52 42 82 101
LYRICA 52 36 82 81
LABETALOL HCL 51 46 85 195
LATANOPROST 50 50 86 204
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 Oct. 8, 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.